Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains deploy to Tennessee and Indiana after tornadoes ripped through region

BG-RRT Press Kit

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 3, 2023 – Catastrophic tornadoes swept across the Midwest and South for the second weekend in a row, with the latest front resulting in at least 27 deaths. As a result, chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) have deployed to Covington, Tennessee, and Sullivan County, Indiana.

“We know that there was widespread damage from this weekend’s storm. In addition to Little Rock, Arkansas, we had been assessing the situation in Tennessee and Indiana, and it became clear that we needed to go and help. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of this community, who have suffered such great loss,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “We want to make sure residents know they are not alone and not forgotten. In the midst of the storm, there is hope – that hope is in Jesus Christ. 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 seven locations. Besides Covington, Tennessee, and Sullivan County, Indiana, chaplains are in Little Rock, Arkansas, Rolling Fork and Amory, Mississippi, which were devastated by tornadoes. They are also in Huntsville, Alabama, where a police officer was shot and killed Tuesday, and they are offering hope and providing emotional comfort and spiritual care to families who have been forced to flee their homes in war-torn 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

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 Tennessee and Indiana. 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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Christine Batchelder

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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