The Evangelist – Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham has devoted his life to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting the needs of people around the world. The eldest son of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, Franklin serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). His first evangelistic event with the ministry was held in 1989. Since then, he has spent the last three decades spreading the Good News, holding 183 Festivals in 48 countries.
Like his father, who shared the Gospel across Australia multiple times throughout his ministry, Franklin has shared the hope of Christ in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Sydney (1996); Adelaide and Perth (1998); and Melbourne (2005). His oldest son, Will Graham, has also spent time in Australia, holding evangelistic events in Gunnedah, Moree and Tamworth (2010); Orange, Bathurst and Lithgow (2012); Broken Hill (2014) and most recently Kalgoorlie (May 2018).
In addition to leading the BGEA, Franklin Graham serves as president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse. 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. Samaritan’s Purse works in the Name of Jesus Christ to provide relief and assistance in more than 100 countries. It has affiliate offices in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, plus partners and field offices around the world.
“I want to call God’s people to prayer and share the hope found only in Jesus Christ”