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 197 events in 188 cities and 51 countries.
Like his father, Billy Graham, who shared the Gospel across the United Kingdom multiple times throughout his ministry, Franklin has shared the hope of Christ in Perth, Scotland (1999); Belfast, Northern Ireland (2008); and Blackpool, England (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”