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.

What Motivates Franklin Graham?

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 Graham Speaking

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”
—Franklin Graham

Billy Graham

In 1959, Billy Graham launched a four-month tour of evangelistic events across Australia, which resulted in more than 130,000 people responding to the invitations to receive Christ. The tour took place 10 years after his groundbreaking meetings in Los Angeles that brought international attention to his Gospel ministry and resulted in invitations to preach around the world. He later wrote, “One invitation in particular captured my interest. For some reason I could not fully understand, although I believed it was the leading of the Holy Spirit, I had developed an overwhelming burden to visit the distant continent of Australia.”

Billy Graham went on to preach the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history—nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories through various meetings, and hundreds of millions more heard the Good News through television, video, film, radio, and webcasts. He founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1950 and went on to initiate international training conferences that served as catalysts for global evangelism, equipping the church to take the Good News of Jesus Christ “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8, HCSB).

The Graham Tour

In February 2019, Franklin Graham shared the Gospel across Australia just as his father did 60 years earlier. He traveled to six capital cities—Perth, Darwin, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney—reaching more than 59,000 people in person and thousands more through a live web stream. In every city, Franklin told people about Jesus Christ—how faith in Him can change hearts, and bring hope and healing to the nation. Each tour stop featured music from Crowder and the Planetshakers.

Crowd in Melbourne
Crowd in Melbourne, Australia in 1959 during Billy Graham Crusade