William Franklin “Billy” Graham II
President & CEO
William Franklin Graham III
CEO since 2000; president since 2001
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Australia, Canada and United Kingdom
The following are ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA):
Billy Graham has preached the good news of God’s love to nearly 215 million people at hundreds of Crusades, missions and evangelistic rallies, in North America and around the world. His son, Franklin Graham, has preached more than 160 evangelistic festivals in 37 states and 43 countries since 1989. Will Graham is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim God’s love under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Will has spoken to audiences across six continents since beginning his evangelistic ministry in 2006
The 40,000-square-foot Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., opened in June 2007 and chronicles the life of evangelist Billy Graham. Its purpose is to continue the more than 60-year legacy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to deliver the simple Gospel message. The Library houses six exhibits, four galleries and two theaters covering the span of Graham’s lifetime work and the ongoing ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association today. More than 800,000 have visited the Library since its opening. Visit www.billygrahamlibrary.org for more information.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on 1,200 acres in Asheville, N.C., the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove offers guests in-depth seminars; personal spiritual retreats; concerts; programs for seniors, women and church or ministry leaders; and many other inspirational events throughout the year. The Cove is also available for group events for Christian churches and nonprofit ministries. Visit www.thecove.org for more information.
When individuals enter specific words or phrases in popular search engines, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Internet evangelism outreach directs them to websites that address their concerns and offer an interactive Gospel presentation. Trained volunteers serve in three roles: e-counselors are available to chat with online visitors; discipleship coaches offer follow-up training to those who commit their lives to Christ or want to know more; and email responders answer spiritual questions or concerns people might have. The Internet evangelism team can also help connect online visitors with a local church.
My Hope is a large-scale evangelistic outreach combining the power of personal relationships with unique tools for sharing the Gospel. Through the project’s focus on relationship evangelism, churches and individual Christians across entire countries are encouraged and equipped to pray and reach out to friends, family and neighbors with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2013, more than 110,000 people made commitments to Jesus Christ through My Hope with Billy Graham, an evangelism effort in the United States and Canada that culminated with the broadcast of Billy Graham’s video message, “The Cross,” in homes, churches and online across the two nations. Launched in 2002, My Hope has been implemented in 59 countries to date, with more than 10 million people making a commitment to Christ. Visit www.myhopewithbillygraham.org for more information.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into a nationwide network of hundreds of chaplains who are specifically trained to offer hope in the wake of man-made and natural disasters. Since the ministry was launched in 2002, it has deployed chaplains to more than 165 disaster zones, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and shootings.
Inspired by the biblical story of Daniel, Dare to Be a Daniel trains Christian tweens (ages 9-14) to take a stand for Jesus Christ and share their faith with their friends. More than 30,000 students have completed the training. The Greatest Journey is a 12-session Bible study designed to help children ages 6–9 become faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s online evangelism training utilizes videos, reading assignments, downloadable PDFs, sermon transcripts, practical projects and quizzes to equip students to be successful in their evangelistic ministry. The self-paced curriculum – available for 180 days after registration – features four courses, with three lessons in each course. The intensive program is designed for pastors, church leaders and college/seminary students, but is open to anybody who desires training in the area of Christian evangelism. More information can be found at www.billygrahamonlinetraining.org/.
Decision magazine is the official monthly publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Founded in 1960, the magazine has a circulation of some 400,000, making it one of the most widely circulated religious periodicals in the world. Issues include messages by Billy and Franklin Graham, devotional helps, practical features on Christian living, personal testimonies, and news of inspiring faith.
Ransom is an online community where teens and young adults can find engaging dialogue, multimedia elements and relevant resources through testimonies, articles from trusted contributors on spiritual and cultural topics, and other content that promotes a Christian experience in a non-threatening format. Users are encouraged to share their stories of faith to help encourage others who may be going through similar situations. Visit www.Ransom.tv.
The Hour of Decision radio program is heard weekly on nearly 1,275 radio outlets across the U.S and Canada as well as Sirius/XM’s FamilyTalk 131. The international edition of the program airs in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Farsi. On Sundays, also on Sirius/XM 131, The Billy Graham Classics presents historic messages still relevant to today from more than 60 years of Billy Graham Crusades. The one-minute feature, Decision Minute, offers eternal food-for-thought capsulated for today’s busy lives. It airs on approximately 1,030 stations.
Located at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, this radio ministry operates FM stations 106.9 The Light WMIT-FM, Black Mountain, N.C. and 106.7 The Light WFGW-FM, Norris, Tenn.
Billy Graham pioneered the early use of television specials in the 1950s, and that strategy continues today with regular broadcasts of original programming in the United States. These specials blend messages from Billy and Franklin Graham and real-life stories from the front lines of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ministries.
The TV/Telephone Ministry, in conjunction with the Billy Graham TV Specials, began nationwide in March 1981 and has since served more than one million people. From the privacy of their homes, people can call the telephone number on their screens to receive spiritual help and guidance. Currently, there are 39 active phone centers, 523 phones and 1,920 trained volunteers.
Named for Ruth Graham’s love for the Bible and Christian literature, Ruth’s Attic bookstores are the resource ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. An Internet store and two walk-in stores at Billy Graham Evangelistic Association facilities in Asheville and Charlotte, N.C., provide evangelism and discipleship resources that include Billy Graham Classic Crusade DVDs, Dare To Be a Daniel training resources, the Christian Worker’s Handbook, books by Graham family members and other trusted Christian authors, as well as music and gifts from the Billy Graham Library. Find the online store at www.billygrahambookstore.org
The Response Center opened in June 1998 to provide information to people with questions regarding the BGEA and to respond to those who need spiritual encouragement. The Response Center also receives calls for Samaritan’s Purse. It is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.– 11 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.