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Franklin GrahamFranklin Graham
President and CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Franklin Graham, Christian Leader

Franklin serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse–respected not-for-profit organizations with combined annual budgets of more than $439 million. He has met privately with five U.S. Presidents as well as world leaders from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Using traditional and social media and speaking opportunities, Franklin regularly speaks to current moral and social issues, challenging Christians to make a difference in the world. He also offers biblical context and application to current national and world events. Through the organizations he leads he has been instrumental in helping people impacted by crises including the 9-11 terrorist attacks, civil war in Sudan and natural disasters ranging from the tsunami in South Asia to the massive earthquakes in China, Haiti and Japan.

Franklin Graham, Evangelist

Franklin conducted his first evangelistic event in 1989 and now conducts Franklin Graham Festivals around the world for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). He has preached to more than 7 million people in cities from Johannesburg, South Africa to Tupelo, Miss.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association appointed Franklin Graham CEO in 2000 and president of the organization in 2001.

Franklin Graham, International Relief Worker

When Franklin was in his early twenties, Dr. Bob Pierce, founder of Samaritan’s Purse, invited Franklin to join him on a six-week mission to Asia. It was during that time that Franklin felt a calling to work with hurting people in areas of the world affected by war, famine, disease, poverty and natural disaster.

Franklin was elected to the Board of Samaritan’s Purse in 1978, and one year later, following the death of
Dr. Pierce, he was elected president of the organization. Today, he serves as president and CEO of the international relief and evangelism organization headquartered in Boone, N.C. It has affiliate offices in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, plus partners and field offices around the world.

Growing Up Graham

William Franklin Graham III, born July 14, 1952, is the fourth of five children of evangelist Billy Graham and his wife, the late Ruth Bell Graham. Raised in a log home in the Appalachian Mountains outside Asheville, N.C., Franklin now lives in Boone, N.C.

In his autobiography, Rebel with a Cause, Franklin explained that “just being the son of Billy Graham won’t get me into heaven.” He knew that he was being called to do more with his life and to make a real commitment to God. So at age 22, after a period of rebellion and traveling the world, Franklin committed his life to Jesus Christ while alone in a hotel room in Jerusalem.

Franklin and his wife, Jane, have four children, Will, Roy, Edward and Cissie, and nine grandchildren.

Biography

Born

William Franklin Graham, III
July 14, 1952
Asheville, North Carolina

Parents

William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr., and the late Ruth Bell Graham

Married

Jane Austin Cunningham Graham, 1974

Children

William Franklin “Will” Graham, IV, 1975
Roy Austin Graham, 1977
Edward Bell Graham, 1979
Jane Austin “Cissie” Graham Lynch, 1986

Grandchildren

Ten

Residence

Boone, North Carolina

Education

Montreat College (A.S.), 1974
Appalachian State University (B.A.), 1978

Ordained

Grace Community Church, Tempe, Arizona, 1982

Ministries

President and CEO, Samaritan’s Purse (international relief organization)
President and CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Boards of Directors

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Samaritan’s Purse

Published

  • 1983: Bob Pierce: This One Thing I Do (Word)
  • 1995: Miracle in a Shoe Box (Thomas Nelson)
  • 1995: Rebel With a Cause: Finally Comfortable Being Graham (autobiography, Thomas Nelson)
  • 1998: Living Beyond the Limits: A Life in Sync With God (Thomas Nelson)
  • 2002: The Name (Thomas Nelson)
  • 2003: Kids Praying For Kids (Thomas Nelson)
  • 2003: All For Jesus (coauthored with Ross Rhoads, Thomas Nelson)
  • 2005: A Wing and a Prayer (Thomas Nelson)
  • 2011: Billy Graham in Quotes (Thomas Nelson)
  • 2013: Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts (B&H Publishing)

Honors

  • Honorary Chairman, 2010 National Day of Prayer
  • William Booth Award, presented by The Salvation Army
  • Whitworth College, honorary doctorate
  • Toccoa Falls College, honorary doctorate
  • LeTourneau University, honorary doctorate
  • Lees­McRae College, honorary doctorate
  • National University, honorary doctorate
  • Liberty University, honorary doctorate
  • 1999 “Tar Heel of the Year” by The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • 2002 “Daniel of the Year” by WORLD magazine