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The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) proclaims the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. From its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., the BGEA directs a wide range of domestic and international minist... more.
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The University of Alabama
Wayne Atcheson, Billy Graham Library historian
Fiormer sports publicist for Coach Bowden at Howard College Former Sports Information Director at the University of Alabama
"Billy knew he'd be close to God up there," said Wayne Atcheson.
Atcheson arrived at Black Mountain the first Sunday of June 1964, opening day of the first-ever FCA camp in the North Carolina mountains. A would-be reporter, Atcheson spent the next week recording his experience in a small 4×6 black notebook he brought with him to the conference. "I wrote down everything that moved," he said. Atcheson was floored by Dietzel's message. Throughout the week he listened and wrote, and wrote and listened, as coaches and athletes shared their testimonies. He couldn't believe what he was seeing, or hearing. byline_stv "I'd never heard a college athlete give a testimony before," said Atcheson. "I was just sitting back spellbound. I was so impressed that a boy that you saw on television playing for Georgia or LSU was up their witnessing. This was all new to everybody." Each morning FCA campers woke at 6:30 a.m. to a recording of "Carolina in the Morning" followed by breakfast, worship, huddles, Dogpatch Olympics (a competitive skills test), lunch, more worship and huddles, dinner and quality time - on the porch, sitting in those rocking chairs. "You can sit up there and feel that all is well with the world," said Atcheson. "I thought, 'my goodness, here's an All-Pro quarterback right here talking about the love of God, the love of Christ,'" said Atcheson. The experience transformed Atcheson's life. In 1965 he went to work at FCA's national offices in Kansas. He was the eighth man on staff at the time (the organization now employs 1,200 members of staff). He left FCA in 1971 but later authored Impact for Christ, chronicling the first 30 years of FCA history. Today, Atcheson serves in ministry relations as the historian for the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. "I found the guys I had been looking for all my life," Atcheson recorded in his notebook. "I thought when I got to Black Mountain, North Carolina it was the nearest thing I'd experienced on earth what Heaven must be like," Atcheson said. "Only God can measure the conversion experiences, commitments made, vocational callings heard, lifelong friendships and relationships that have resulted, and the fruit that continues to be born from this holy ground," Atcheson wrote in one of his final entries.
Wayne Atcheson: Director, Billy Graham Library
In Due Time: The Struggles and Triumphs of Alabama Quarterback Jay Barker by Wayne Atcheson
Wayne Atcheson Director, Billy Graham Library
Wayne Atcheson, Director - Billy Graham Library
-- Wayne Atcheson Director, Billy Graham Library