|Born||Clifford Burton Barrows
April 6, 1923
Ceres, California, U.S.
|Residence||Marvin, North Carolina|
|Occupation||music director, gospel music artist, evangelist,|
|Spouse(s)||Wilma Newell (1945-1994,her death)
Ann Prince (1995-present)
|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.
Barrows was married to the former Wilma “Billie” Newell (1945–1994). 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; the couple now resides in Marvin, North Carolina.
In March 2009, the remains of his first wife Wilma "Billie" Newell Barrows were moved from the grounds of "The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove", Asheville, North Carolina to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Of Graham, Shea and Barrows, who compose the heart of the Billy Graham team, Barrows is the youngest. All three men outlived their first wives, but only Graham remained a widower.
"The Christian faith is a singing faith, and a good way to express it and share it with others is in community singing."
- Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College, http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/GUIDES/622.htm
- Peurifoy, Robert C., Find A Grave web site, 2010
- BGEA: Media Relations
- Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: Cliff Barrows biography
- BGEA: Papers of Cliff Barrows (CN622) Billy Graham Center Archives (Wheaton, IL)
- Song/Ministry links
- Cliff Barrows interview video at the Archive of American Television