Anne Graham Lotz
|Anne Graham Lotz|
Anne Graham Lotz
May 21, 1948 |
Montreat, North Carolina, United States
|Residence||Montreat, North Carolina, United States|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Daniel Lotz|
Anne Graham Lotz (born Anne McCue Graham May 21, 1948) is an American Christian evangelist. She is the second daughter of evangelist Billy Graham and his wife Ruth Graham. She founded AnGeL Ministries, and is the author of 11 books, of which her best known is Just Give Me Jesus.
Lotz was born Anne McCue Graham, in 1948 in Montreat, North Carolina. Lotz is the second of the five children born to Billy and Ruth Graham. The Graham Family had settled near Ruth’s parents in Montreat in what remains today as the Graham Family Home, Little Piney Cove.
Ruth was often the single parent for months at a time to the five Graham children. Of her upbringing, Lotz says, “[My Father] was away almost full time. I was raised pretty much by single parents and grandparents, and then I didn’t know any different.”
Lotz graduated from high school and shortly thereafter, married Dr. Daniel Lotz on September 9, 1966 at the age of 18. The young couple lived in Raleigh, North Carolina where Dr. Lotz was beginning his dental practice. She had her first child at the age of 20, with two more in the three years that followed, and she did not work outside her home. Anne says this was a hard time in her life saying: “Early in my marriage, I felt like I drifted from God just because I was busy – you know, small children, small house, all the business of being a housewife. But I sought God through the Scripture. That’s when I got into the Bible myself.”
Early ministry: Bible Study Fellowship
In 1975, Anne heard about Bible Study Fellowship, a Bible class for women that used a highly structured study method, and wanted a class to be offered in her hometown of Raleigh. She waited for a year for someone else to teach the class, but when no one else did, she decided to teach the class herself. The class immediately filled up with 500 people and had a waiting list. Anne continued to teach the weekly class for 12 years. During this time, she began to receive many speaking invitations and in 1988, Lotz left BSF for an itinerant teaching ministry.
Upon leaving her BSF teaching class, Lotz founded AnGeL Ministries, a non-profit organization based in Raleigh, NC to undergird her ability to accept teaching invitations. Anne says the name “AnGeL Ministries” takes her initials “AGL” and adds the “n” and “e” to form the word “AnGeL” because “angels in the Bible were messengers of God, and they went where God sent them and they give the message you put on their heart, and I felt that describes what I do.”
In the early years of AnGeL Ministries, Anne accepted invitations to speak all over the world: at pastor’s conferences, at women’s conferences, and world evangelism conferences. By the year 2000, she felt her ministry taking a different direction.
Although as a female evangelist she's encountered some resistance from conservative Christians, her popularity is such that she draws large crowds across the world, and the New York Times in 1999 considered her one of the five most influential evangelists in the United States.
Just Give Me Jesus revivals
In the late 1990s, though AnGeL Ministries was growing, Anne's personal life became very stressful. Within two years, a hurricane devastated their property, her husband's dental office burned to the ground, their son was diagnosed with cancer and went through major surgery and radiation, all three of her children got married within an eight-month period, and her mother’s health was failing, requiring multiple hospitalizations. Once again, Anne turned to her study of Scripture for comfort. This time, she immersed herself in the Gospel of John and from that study, came her book Just Give Me Jesus.
Having experienced a personal revival herself as the result of her study of John, Anne felt called to begin offering Just Give Me Jesus revivals in major arenas, both domestically and internationally for women who also desired a renewing of their walk with God. Though the revivals are aimed at teaching women, men are not turned away should they desire to come, and there is no admission charge for anyone.
Over the course of 10 years, Anne has offered Just Give Me Jesus in 34 cities around the world, 11 of those internationally.
In addition to her itinerant teaching ministry, Lotz is author to 11 books, including her signature book, Just Give Me Jesus. She also wrote The Vision of His Glory, God’s Story, and My Heart’s Cry. Other published works include Heaven: My Father’s House, Daily Light, Why?: Trusting God When You Don’t Understand, The Joy of My Heart, My Jesus Is…Everything, I Saw the Lord, and Life is Just Better…with Jesus. Additionally, she produces daily radio messages, Daily Light for Daily Living, that are heard on more than 700 outlets worldwide. Anne’s most recent works, The Magnificent Obsession: Embracing the God-filled Life, made its debut in August 2009 and Expecting to See Jesus: A Wake-Up Call for God's People in July 2011.
Death of Spouse
Daniel Lotz, 78, Anne's husband, died on August 19, 2015. He was discovered unresponsive in their backyard swimming pool.
Education and honorary degrees
Though Lotz did not attend college and she has chosen to not pursue becoming an ordained minister, she has been awarded the following six honorary doctorates for her extensive work in the area of Bible study and exposition:
- Houghton College – Honorary Doctorate of Divinities
- King College – Honorary Doctorate of Humanities
- Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary – Honorary Doctorate of Divinities
- Dallas Baptist University – Honorary Doctorate of Humanities
- Seoul Women’s University – Honorary Doctorate
- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – Honorary Doctorate of Divinity
- The Vision of His Glory (1997)
- God’s Story (1998)
- Just Give Me Jesus (2001)
- My Heart’s Cry (2003)
- Zoba, Wendy Murray. Christianity Today. October 28, 2008. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/octoberweb-only/144-22.0.html
- Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “Obituary of Ruth Bell Graham.”
- Transcript. Larry King Live. Aired May 18, 2000. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0005/18/lkl.html
- Kent, Keri Wyatt. “A Reverent Maverick.” Christianity Today. October 2008. Pp.46-50.
- Time.com. Milestones: September 9, 1966. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,836343,00.html
- Goodstein, Laurie and Gustav Niebuhr. “The Next Generation of Preachers is Coming of Age in America.” The New York Times. January 1, 1999. A1, A14.
- Transcript. Larry King Live.
- Kent, Keri Wyatt. “A Reverent Maverick.”
- UNC-TV. “Best of People: Anne Graham Lotz.” http://www.unctv.org/ncpeople/bestofpeople/anneg.html
- Helen George – Executive Assistant to Anne Graham Lotz. Historic Records of AnGeL Ministries. October 5, 2010.
- A. Larry Ross. Online Newsroom: Anne Graham Lotz. http://www.annegrahamlotz.info/books.htm
- A. Larry Ross. Online Newsroom: Anne Graham Lotz.
- George, Helen: Executive Assistant to Anne Graham Lotz. Historic Records of AnGeL Ministries. October 5, 2010.
- Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. 1997 Gold Medallion Book Awards. http://www.ecpa.org/christianbookawards/gm1997.php
- Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. 1998 Gold Medallion Book Awards. http://www.ecpa.org/christianbookawards/gm1998.php
- Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. 2001 Gold Medallion Book Awards. http://www.ecpa.org/christianbookawards/gm2001.php.
- Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. 2003 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners http://www.ecpa.org/christianbookawards/gm2003.php