Quantcast

Exclusive: Reverend Phil McClendon Shares His Personal Connecti - KOAM TV 7

Exclusive: Reverend Phil McClendon Shares His Personal Connection With Reverend Billy Graham

Updated:

     The man considered to be the world's best-known evangelist...the Reverend Billy Graham...died this morning at the age of 99.
     He reached millions of people through his crusades.
     And one of his crusaders...is a long-time Joplin preacher.
Reverend Phil McClendon met Reverend Billy Graham at a crusade back in 1973.
McClendon: "Meeting him was like a divine appointment, the guy traded sections with me and you know, when something happens in your life, it's usually for a purpose."
McClendon met with graham in a dressing room area, and once he entered the room, he felt humbled.
McClendon: "At that time it was almost like being in the room with God to me, because I respected him so much."
McClendon says Reverend Graham was a significant inspiration in his life.
This photo was taken in 1992 in Moscow, when McClendon was asked to come to a crusade there.
He had an opportunity to speak with graham again and feel the power of his presence.
McClendon: "It was one of the great times for Russia, because they were no longer under Communism, and so many people then were receiving Christ."
I asked reverend McClendon how he first reacted when he heard of Graham's passing.
McClendon: "That's an overwhelming question you give, because I was thinking about it, why am I in tears here?  And it's probably because I did meet him."
He says if he didn't have that encounter all those years ago, he would still be inspired by Graham, but actually meeting him, had a much bigger impact.
McClendon: "As I reflect upon his life, I look at his character, his influence, his integrity, from different problems that ministers face today and organizations face, his integrity was always there."
McClendon says that America, lost someone special.
McClendon: "Well there's an empty seat in America today, and even though he's been ill for a number of years, we still feel that empty seat."

WEB EXTRA

MORE TOP NEWS

Chris Warner
Reporter

A Joplin native, Chris first started in broadcasting at age 16 at KSNF-TV in 2004..

Chris joined the KOAM team in 2017 as an Associate Producer. In April, he moved into a full-time reporter position. He spent time from 2008 to 2016 in various retail roles around the region before returning to his passion at KOAM. Chris is excited to continue telling the stories of the four states. Chris and his wife Amber live in Joplin and have three amazing children.

Follow Chris:
On Facebook
On Twitter

Contact Chris:
417.624.0233 or 620.231.0400
cwarner@koamtv.com

  • Chris WarnerMore>>

  • Public Safety Pay, "Panhandler Ordinance" On Joplin City Council Agenda

    Public Safety Pay, "Panhandler Ordinance" On Joplin City Council Agenda

    Monday, October 15 2018 10:21 PM EDT2018-10-16 02:21:47 GMT
        The Joplin City Council facing a packed agenda at tonight's meeting, on that list, two major items an increase for public safety employees, and a reconsideration on the so-called "panhandling ordinance" passed earlier this year.  Since the start of this year the salary issues of police and fire personnel has been on the center stage for the city.     That's caused some council meetings to become heated, and a number of residents vo...More >>
        The Joplin City Council facing a packed agenda at tonight's meeting, on that list, two major items an increase for public safety employees, and a reconsideration on the so-called "panhandling ordinance" passed earlier this year.  Since the start of this year the salary issues of police and fire personnel has been on the center stage for the city.     That's caused some council meetings to become heated, and a number of residents vo...More >>
  • Club In Webb City Aims At Engaging Seniors

    Club In Webb City Aims At Engaging Seniors

    Friday, October 12 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-10-13 02:10:40 GMT

        With the temperatures cooling down, many of us are starting to get our heaters and fire places going.      For Austin Simpson, serving his community is something he thought of at a young age and 3 years ago, when he was 18, he founded the "Gold and Silver Seniors Club" in Webb City.     It's mission - to get those over fifty out and active.

    More >>

        With the temperatures cooling down, many of us are starting to get our heaters and fire places going.      For Austin Simpson, serving his community is something he thought of at a young age and 3 years ago, when he was 18, he founded the "Gold and Silver Seniors Club" in Webb City.     It's mission - to get those over fifty out and active.

    More >>
  • Skimmer "Epidemic" In Northeast Oklahoma

    Skimmer "Epidemic" In Northeast Oklahoma

    Wednesday, October 10 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-10-11 02:10:20 GMT

        Some residents in Northeast Oklahoma are finding unexpected charges on their bank statements officials say, it's all because of card skimmers placed at local ATM's.

    More >>

        Some residents in Northeast Oklahoma are finding unexpected charges on their bank statements officials say, it's all because of card skimmers placed at local ATM's.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.