‘America’s Pastor’ inspired Utah Evangelicals

SALT LAKE CITY -- Evangelicals in Utah felt a blow when they learned of the death of Billy Graham, the evangelist who preached to hundreds of millions, leading many of them to faith.

"I can tell you right away I was stricken with grief," said Pastor Corey Hodges of The Point Church in Kearns.

Hodges described Graham as a constant presence in his childhood, not in person, but as his role model from a distance.

"In his preaching you didn't hear hate, you didn't hear exclusion or discrimination regardless of your denominational affiliation," Hodges said.