CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Billy Graham played a vital role in founding a local seminary.
Teachers and students at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary say Graham had a huge influence on their lives and work.
"I remember growing up watching him on tv," said Rev. Sandra James, a doctorate of ministry student. "And his Crucades."
"He helped start this school where I've spent two and a half weeks studying with pastors from all denominations," said Rev. Lance Henderson. "And we wouldn't have done that, so his life and ministry have directly influenced me."
"His focus on Jesus was relentless and disciplined," said Professor Rev. Mike Moses of Lake Forest Church. "And out of a true love for God and a desire for people to know him."
Students and professors at the seminary Billy Graham co-founded say they were touched by his words.
"He was speaking to the hearts of the people directly," said Professor Rev. Sejin Koh.
Koh's story is unique. He was a freshman in college still living in Korea in 1973 when Billy Graham came to speak there.
"About one million people gathered in one place," said Koh. "All the Christians were so excited he was coming to Korea, we didn't even think about not going."
He recalls Billy Graham's sermon being simple and inspiring.
"Spiritually, that was a great awakening and made me commit myself to the lord," Koh said.
Pastors say they'll continue to emulate many of the things Billy Graham taught them.
"I hope people remember he preached love and his main goal was to bring people together," said James.
"It's a great loss for us," said Koh. "We'll miss him forever-- but his legacy will continue with us here on this campus."