Franklin Graham




Born:July 14, 1952

Asheville, N.C.

Parents:William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr. and the late Ruth Bell Graham

Married:Jane Austin Cunningham Graham, 1974

Children:William Franklin “Will” Graham IV, 1975

Roy Austin Graham, 1977

Edward Bell Graham, 1979

Jane Austin “Cissie” Lynch, 1986


Education:Montreat College, (A.S.), 1974

Appalachian State University, (B.A.), 1978

Ordained:Grace Community Church, Tempe, Ariz., 1982

Ministries:President and CEO, Samaritan’s Purse (international relief organization)

         President and CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Boards ofSamaritan’s Purse

Directors:Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Author:A Wing and a Prayer (Tommy Nelson, 2005)

All for Jesus (coauthored with Ross Rhoads, Thomas Nelson, 2003)

Kids Praying for Kids (Thomas Nelson, 2003)

The Name (Thomas Nelson, 2002)

Living Beyond the Limits: A Life in Sync with God (Thomas Nelson, 1998)

Rebel with a Cause: Finally Comfortable Being Graham

(Autobiography, Thomas Nelson, 1995)

Miracle in a Shoe Box (Thomas Nelson, 1995)

Bob Pierce: This One Thing I Do (Word, 1983)

Honors:William Booth Award, presented by the Salvation Army

Whitworth College, honorary doctorate

Toccoa Falls College, honorary doctorate

LeTourneau University, honorary doctorate

Lees McRae College, honorary doctorate

National University, honorary doctorate

Liberty University, honorary doctorate

1999 “Tar Heel of the Year” by The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

2002 “Daniel of the Year” by World magazine



Growing Up Graham

“Just being the son of Billy Graham won’t get me into heaven.”

Franklin Graham

William Franklin Graham III, born July 14, 1952, is the fourth of five children of evangelist Billy Graham and his wife, the late Ruth Bell Graham.  Raised in a log home in the Appalachian Mountains outside Asheville, N.C., Franklin now lives in the mountains of Boone, N.C.

At age 22, after a period of rebellion and traveling the world, Franklin committed his life to Jesus Christ while alone in a hotel room in Jerusalem.  Soon after, 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 the International Relief Worker

“I’ve been called to the slums of the streets and the ditches of the world.”

Franklin Graham

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 organization headquartered in Boone, N.C. Samaritan’s Purse has a 2009 budget of $318 million in revenue and provides relief and assistance in more than 100 countries worldwide.  It has international offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, and Australia, plus field offices in more than 20 developing countries.

Franklin Graham the Evangelist

“Evangelistic preaching is what Daddy does, I never thought I would.”

          Franklin Graham

Franklin conducted his first evangelistic event in 1989 and committed to spend 10 percent of his time preaching.  Now he conducts Festivals around the world as an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).  Since 1989, he has preached to more than 5 million people in cities from Johannesburg, South Africa to Tupelo, Miss.  Franklin’s 2010 Festival schedule includes international Festivals in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association appointed Franklin Graham CEO in 2000 and president of the organization in 2001.  He has served as first vice-chairman of the BGEA since 1995. 

Franklin has authored several books, including The Name (Thomas Nelson, 2002), All for Jesus (coauthored with Ross Rhoads, Thomas Nelson, 2003), Living Beyond the Limits: A Life in Sync with God (Thomas Nelson, 1998), and his autobiography, Rebel with a Cause: Finally Comfortable Being Graham (Thomas Nelson, 1995).

Franklin and his wife, Jane, have four children, Will, Roy, Edward, and Cissie, and six grandchildren.

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