Billy Graham Moves Dallas Church Membership to SC

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DALLAS – Evangelist Billy Graham is changing membership from a Dallas church to a friend's church in South Carolina.

First Baptist Dallas said Monday the church was told by Graham's personal assistant the 90-year-old was switching to First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C. Graham joined First Baptist Dallas in 1953 during his first crusade in the city but has never lived there.

The pastor of First Baptist Spartanburg, the Rev. Don Wilton, has preached for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

A spokesman for Graham, Larry Ross, told The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that Graham regularly watches the church's services on TV.

Ross said Wilton and his son were visiting Graham at his Montreat, N.C., home on Christmas Eve, when they discussed the change. Montreat is 85 miles north of Spartanburg.