Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and host "The 700 Club" offered the following statement in tribute to Billy Graham after hearing about his death:
"I join with millions of my fellow Christians in mourning the passing of Billy Graham. Without question, Billy was the preeminent voice of evangelical Christianity in America—an advisor to Presidents, and a spiritual guide to the multitudes who attended his crusades all over the world.
"Billy has been a dear friend of mine personally and I will miss him. He is now with our heavenly Father, well and happy, and joined forever with his dear wife, Ruth. I extend my profound sympathy to Franklin, to Anne Graham Lotz, and to Billy's other children who are continuing his legacy throughout the world."
On "The 700 Club" Wednesday, Robertson continued his reflection, saying, "He was without question the preeminent evangelical leader of our generation."
"He was a minister to presidents, and he has stirred our nation with his crusades, a fearless preacher, he stood clear for the word of God," he continued.
"And as I said he's a dear friend of ours. He will be sadly missed. There was no leader of American evangelical Christianity that could come close to Billy Graham in stature," Robertson said.