Cliff Barrows

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Cliff Barrows
Born Clifford Burton Barrows
(1923-04-06) April 6, 1923 (age 93)
Ceres, California, U.S.
Residence Marvin, North Carolina
Occupation music director, gospel music artist, evangelist,
Years active 1944-present
Religion Baptist
Spouse(s) Wilma Newell (1945-1994,her death)
Ann Prince (1995-present)
Children 5
Awards Gospel Music Hall Of Fame inductee, 1988
Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, 1996

Clifford Burton Barrows (born April 6, 1923 in Ceres, California) is the longtime music and program director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He has been a part of the Graham organization since 1949. Barrows is best known as the host of Graham's weekly Hour of Decision radio program, and the song leader and choir director for the crusade meetings.


Barrows was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1944, and served as an assistant pastor at Temple Baptist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota through 1945. Barrows joined Graham at a rally in Asheville, North Carolina that year, and has remained with Graham ever since.

He appeared in the 1970 film His Land with British pop singer Cliff Richard. The film reviews Biblical events as both Cliffs take a pilgrimage to Israel. It was produced by Graham's production company, World Wide Pictures.

In 1988, Barrows was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee by the Gospel Music Association. In 1996 he was also inducted into the Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the National Religious Broadcasters. Barrows' longtime colleague, George Beverly Shea, is also a member of both halls of fame.[1][2]


Barrows was married to the former Wilma “Billie” Newell (1945–1994).[3] They had five children: Bonnie, (born 1948), Robert, (1950) Betty Ruth, (1953), Clifford (Bud) (1955) and William Burton (1962). Barrows married Ann Prince in 1995;[3] the couple now resides in Marvin, North Carolina.[4]

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