Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains deploy to Selma, Alabama, after severe storms

BG-RRT Press Kit

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) will deploy to Selma, Alabama, after tornadoes swept through the area killing at least seven people. The National Weather Service said the twister was on the ground for at least 50 miles and caused damage in seven counties.

“We can’t even begin to imagine the shock and heartache the people in Selma, Alabama, are going through right now,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “We want residents to know we are praying for them and we care. That’s why we are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to pray with, listen and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by this storm.”

The team of crisis-trained chaplains will arrive Saturday morning and will work 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. The deployment is expected to last three weeks.

BG-RRT chaplains are now providing emotional and spiritual support in four locations. Besides Selma, Alabama, they are also serving in two areas of Florida after Hurricane Ian battered the southwest coast of the state. In addition, chaplains are offering hope and providing emotional comfort and spiritual care to families who have been forced to flee their homes in Ukraine.

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

About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:

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 Selma, Alabama. For B-Roll, photos and media inquiries, please contact Christine Batchelder at, (704) 724-6851.

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 680 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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Media Contact:
Christine Batchelder

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