William P. (Bill) Grady was born on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and reared as a strict Roman Catholic. His grade school diploma was signed by Cardinal Francis Spellman. In 1970, he graduated from Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware, the largest parochial high school in the state. (Ironically, at the close of his freshman year, a seventeen-year-old senior at Cheltenham High School, some thirty miles away in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, was compelled to skip his own commencement to return to his native land to enlist in the IDF at the outbreak of the Six-Day War—future Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu.)
After selling office equipment in the Delaware Valley for two years, Bill accepted a marketing position with British Airways in New York City. Following a promotion to Philadelphia in 1974, he was saved, baptized, and called to preach at the historic Marcus Hook Baptist Church (home church to Clarence Larkin). Apart from his ministerial degrees (which include a Ph.D. in History from the former Baptist International Seminary, Oxon Hill, Maryland), he also studied business and history at the University of Delaware, Goldey-Beacom College, and the University of Tennessee. As a minister of the Gospel, he founded and pastored two churches, taught Bible and history for ten years on the college level, and preached in over 1,000 churches as a full-time evangelist.
Dr. Grady’s best-selling books have been featured in numerous venues, including USA Today, Southwest Radio Church, and the legendary Barry Farber Show, maintaining high reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (His 1993 classic, Final Authority, is currently in its fourteenth printing.) Bill’s lifetime of travel, preaching, and research has spanned forty countries on four continents (including three trips to Asia, five to the Middle East, and eleven to Europe and Russia).
The Lord has also enhanced his writing by affording him unusual favor with several eyewitnesses to history, e.g., Mrs. Nathalie Basilevsky, daughter of Baron Lieutenant-General Pyotr Wrangel, Commander-in- Chief of the anti-Bolshevik White Army; Samuel T. Cohen, Manhattan Project physicist, “Father of the Neutron Bomb”; UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Kim Phuc (a.k.a. “the girl in the picture”); World War II fighter aces, Brigadier General Robert Lee Scott, Jr. (author of God is My Co-pilot) and Brigadier General David Lee “Tex” Hill (portrayed by John Wayne in The Flying Tigers); and Mei-ling Soong, (a.k.a. Madame Chiang Kai-shek), former First Lady of the Republic of China. (Having produced a short documentary on Madame Chiang’s life, emphasizing her exemplary Christian testimony, Dr. Grady was honored to attend her 2003 Manhattan funeral at the invitation of Ambassador Andrew Kao, current Director-General of the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office.)
Among the many highlights of Dr. Grady’s forty-two year ministry, in October 2007, Colonel Eyal Rozen, then-Commander of the IDF Givati Brigade (Special Forces) training camp in the Golan Heights, had the base flag struck and presented to him for his devotion to Israel.
Bill and his wife Linda have been blessed with forty-two years of marriage, producing three children and sixteen grandchildren. He currently serves as an evangelist out of Fellowship Baptist Church in Maryville, Tennessee, Pastor Tom Hatley.
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