Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains deploy to Adamsville, Tennessee, after tornadoes ripped through region

BG-RRT Press Kit

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 12, 2023 – The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) has deployed to Adamsville, Tennessee, where an EF-3 tornado touched down, resulting in massive damage and at least nine fatalities.

“The damage and devastation from these tornadoes has been catastrophic. Our thoughts and prayers are with this community which has suffered such great loss,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to pray with, listen and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by these devastating tornadoes.”

The team of crisis-trained chaplains is working in conjunction with disaster relief organization Samaritan’s Purse to help meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those impacted by the severe storms.

BG-RRT chaplains are now providing emotional and spiritual support in eight locations:

  • Adamsville, Tennessee (tornado)
  • Louisville, Kentucky (shooting)
  • Wynne, Arkansas (tornado)
  • Sullivan County, Indiana (tornado)
  • Little Rock, Arkansas (tornado)
  • Rolling Fork, Mississippi (tornado)
  • Amory, Mississippi (tornado)
  • Ukraine (conflict)

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit the BG-RRT press kit or Updates can also be found at

Media Opportunities:

  • Josh Holland, international director for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, will be available for interviews, as well as chaplain coordinators on the ground in Adamsville, Tennessee. For B-Roll, photos and media inquiries, please contact Christine Batchelder at, (704) 724-6851.

About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 700 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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Media Contact:
Christine Batchelder

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