Willis Graham Haymaker


Willis Graham Haymaker was born August 6, 1895 in Shippenburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Elizabeth and Edward Graham Haymaker. His parents had been Presbyterian missionaries in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) until an outbreak of malaria forced them to move east. In 1905 the family moved to Winona Lake, Indiana. Haymaker was educated at Winona Academy (graduated 1913) and Winona College (graduated 1917) and married Dorothy Elizabeth Taylor of Winona Lake on July 27, 1921. They had four children: Charles Edward, Martha Lou, Willis Jr. and James.

Haymaker served as assistant to Bob Jones, Sr.'s revival rally director, Don Cochran 1916-1917; instructor in the U.S. Navy, 1917-1918; rally director for Bob Jones, Sr., 1918-1927; campaign director for Gypsy Smith, Sr., 1928; for George T. Stephens, 1929-1934; for Joe Henry Hankins and Jimmy Johnson, 1935-1936; for Bob Jones, Sr., 1940-1945; for Dr. Paul Rood and John R. Rice 1945-1949; crusade director for Billy Graham 1949-1970. As the BGEA's first crusade director, he helped establish the plan of organization that was followed in all the crusades of Billy Graham and associate evangelists of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

In 1931, Haymaker, his wife and children moved to Lenoir, North Carolina. There he became a ruling elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir. In Lenoir, he continued to act as an advisor to many people interested in evangelism. He died in 1980.

Specific Campaigns

[edit] Haymaker was Bob Jones Sr.'s business manager for the Bob Jones Tabernacle Revival in St. Petersburgh, Florida, 1922.