In late January, Colorado Christian University (CCU) began featuring a one-of-a-kind temporary exhibit on its campus about the life of Billy Graham.
“To the Ends of the Earth: The Gospel Ministry of Billy Graham” allows students and the general public to take a look at over 100 personal, professional and promotional memorabilia that show how one young man’s life was transformed by God to live on mission for the Gospel.
From a farm boy and simple preacher to later a worldwide evangelist, the exhibit unveils the powerful story of Billy Graham while using a mix of items from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) archives—some previously displayed artifacts from the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., and others released to the general public for the first time ever.
“As an evangelist, Billy Graham stands in line with a long train of noted evangelists, such as George Whitefield, John Wesley and Dwight Moody, who led the way in Gospel proclamation in their respective generations,” CCU President Dr. Donald W. Sweeting said. “Throughout his life, Graham gave himself to the single-minded pursuit of evangelism.
“As an innovator, he launched bold evangelistic initiatives from helping to form Youth for Christ to breakthrough mass evangelism and Christian media,” Sweeting continued. “Graham’s life and ministry had an unparalleled spiritual impact on America and the world. The exhibit is sure to be an inspiration to students, pastors and Christian leaders all over the Rocky Mountain West.”
Coinciding with the university’s “Year of Evangelism,” leaders hope students especially will realize how sharing the Good News can shape their future as they view historical material about Mr. Graham’s life and ministry.
“This exhibit highlights the impact that one man can have in spreading the Gospel of Christ,” Dan Cohrs, executive vice president at CCU, said. “We hope this exhibit will inspire not only our students, faculty and staff, but also our friends, family and community members to live the Great Commission.”
Beginning in 1914, the Christian university has impacted lives in the Denver area for more than a century, and built a strong relationship with BGEA and Samaritan’s Purse—both headed by Franklin Graham and both which actively recruit and employ students. While Mr. Graham never spoke at the university itself, he did speak in Colorado multiple times, including in Arvada (1992) and Denver (1965, 1987).
Interested in a guided tour of the Billy Graham exhibit? Register online.