View media clip of Terry Hoff recalling his experience with the Rev. Billy Graham as someone who worked for him and now continues to serve in ministry locally here in Memphis.
Did you know that our Executive Director used to be a crop farmer in MN 30 years ago? Read on about his incredible story that directly connects him to the Rev. Billy Graham …
After getting married in 1993, graduating college, and being asked by his dying father to give farming a chance, one desperate day as Terry spent hours on the tractor, he begged God for a more meaningful purpose … to which God challenged him to give up his newly acquired family farm, and move into a friend’s tiny basement apartment three hours away with his new wife to take a chance that Billy Graham might hire him because a Crusade was coming to Minneapolis.
And he was hired and served initially as the Volunteer Coordinator, then the Director of Love In Action as well as the Prison Ministry Manager, and then the Stadium Arrangements Coordinator. And that temporary job turned into ten years of being a part of Billy Graham’s traveling team of approximately eight people, including his wife, Karey, who was hired as the Assistant to the Director. They served in the cities of Minneapolis, Ottawa, Louisville, Indianapolis, Nashville, Cincinnati, Dallas, San Diego, and Los Angeles (as well as assisted in Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, St. Louis, San Antonio and San Jose). Along the way after becoming unexpectedly pregnant, they realized they should look for a job that resided in one city and provided stability for their children, so made the hard decision to leave a job both spouses loved and moved to Memphis instead of their next Billy Graham Crusade assignment, Manhattan, New York!
Thus, they moved to Midtown, Memphis to oversee Oasis of Hope, an inner city ministry in North Memphis that provides a holistic approach to supporting a neglected neighborhood.
So today has been emotional. It feels like we lost our spiritual Grandpa. We are thrilled for him, but sad for us as we say goodbye to our Nation’s Pastor. Rev. Graham … it was such an honor to work for you. Glad you have finally made it home.