|Audio clip from an oral history interview of Dr. T. Richard Marcis in which he talks about Billy Graham’s preaching style. He was a Lutheran minister who attended the New York Crusade. Marcis was interviewed by Dr. Robert Ferm in July, 1972. 2 minutes.
ROBERT O. FERM: This is an interview with T. Richard Marcis, pastor
ot Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church, one of the Missouri Synod churches
of the greater Cleveland area, before the Cleveland Crusade, 1972.
He is a man who is very active in our Crusade preparation. I would
like to ask you a few questions relating to your involvement in the
Billy Graham Crusade as we're preparing it now. First of all, could
you tell of your impressions of Billy Graham when you first heard
MARCIS: When I first heard of Billy Graham? I just can't recall when that was. However, back in 1954, while I was still a student at the seminary in St. Louis, I was assigned to a vicarage assignment in New York City in the Hell's Kitchen area. At that time I believe Billy Graham had a Crusade at Madison Square Garden.
MARCIS: Was that in 1957? ‘57, I thought that was in 1954. It may have been in 1957. But while I was in New York City, I had the privilege of attending one of the rallies at Madison Square Garden, and I sat right up at the front row. I was not only impressed with his personal charisma, but especially with the manner in which he presented the Gospel of Christ. This touched my heart in a way that I find difficult to explain. Subsequently, I picked up almost every book that I could read on Billy Graham. I've read almost all of his sermons, at least those that were published; and whenever the opportunity came for me to listen to him on the radio or see him on television, I took advantage of those opportunities. He has been a fan of mine [sic], not only because of his outstanding unique, personality, but because I consider myself on the same team, that is the team that preaches and teaches the pure Word of God in all its unadulterated truth.