Remembering George Beverly Shea

After over 80 years of ministry, George Beverly Shea, Canadian and longtime soloist of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, passed away after a brief illness. For many of us it’s hard to contemplate 8 decades of ministry.  Billy Graham has fond memories of serving alongside his dear friend.

“I first met Bev Shea while in Chicago when he was on Moody Radio,” said Billy Graham. “As a young man starting my ministry, I asked Bev if he would join me. He said yes and for over 60 years we had the privilege of ministering together across the country and around the world. Bev was one of the most humble, gracious men I have ever known and one of my closest friends. I loved him as a brother. My prayer for his wife, Karlene, and his children, Ron and Elaine, is that God will strengthen them during this time.”
Shea was the recipient of ten Grammy nominations, a Grammy Award in 1965, and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Grammy organization in 2011. He was also a member of the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame (1978), and was inducted into the Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame in February 1996. Shea was also inducted into the inaugural class of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists’ “Hall of Faith” in 2008.
In recent days, Shea expressed great enthusiasm to friends and colleagues for My Hope Canada with Billy Graham, an opportunity to share the Gospel with our entire country, just like Shea did through music for so many years.