Fact Sheet: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr. (1950 – 2018)
President & CEO:
William "Franklin" Graham III (CEO since 2000; president since 2001)
1950, by Billy Graham
Charlotte, North Carolina
Canada, Australia, Great Britain and Germany
The following are ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA):
Billy Graham Crusades
Billy Graham preached the Gospel to some 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 Crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies in more than 185 countries and territories on six continents. His final Crusade was held in New York City, June 24 – 26, 2005, where 242,000 people attended.
Franklin Graham has preached at more than 190 evangelistic events in 38 states and U.S. territories, and 49 countries since 1989. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association appointed Franklin Graham CEO in 2000 and president of the organization in 2001.
William Franklin "Will" Graham IV is the third generation of Grahams to deliver the same Gospel message under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Since beginning his evangelistic ministry with youth-oriented, one-day events in Canada in 2006, Will has spoken to audiences across six continents.
The 40,000-square-foot Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, opened in June 2007 and chronicles the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham. Its purpose is to continue the legacy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to deliver the simple Gospel message. The Library houses six exhibits, four galleries and two theaters, covering the span of Graham's lifetime work and the ongoing ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. More than 1.1 million visitors have toured the Library since its opening.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on 1,200 acres in Asheville, North Carolina, the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove offers guests in-depth seminars; personal spiritual retreats; concerts; programs for seniors, women, and church or ministry leaders; and many other inspirational events throughout the year.
Internet Evangelism (SearchforJesus.net)
As the world moves online, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is meeting it there with the Gospel. The organization’s Internet Evangelism ministry has shared God’s love with millions of people of all ages and backgrounds through its evangelistic website PeacewithGod.net, as well as partner sites in other languages. Trained volunteers connect with inquirers one-on-one to guide them in their faith and help them find a local church.
My Hope is a large-scale evangelistic outreach that combines personal relationships with the power of modern media. Through the project’s focus on relationship evangelism, churches and Christians are equipped to open their homes to friends, family and neighbors, and watch a televised Billy Graham message interpreted into their own language. In November 2013, the month of Graham's 95th birthday, he broadcast his final message across the United States on more than 480 television stations. More than 26,000 churches participated in this My Hope America project, making it the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's largest evangelistic outreach in North America. Launched in 2002, My Hope has been implemented in more than 60 countries to date, with more than 10.3 million people making a commitment to Christ.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed following the attacks of Sept. 11. It has since grown into a nationwide network of hundreds of chaplains who are specifically trained to offer hope in the wake of man-made and natural disasters. Since the ministry was launched in 2002, it has deployed chaplains to more than 245 disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, shootings and areas of civil unrest.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s online training ministry offers a series of unique courses intended to equip people to share their faith in Christ. They include Schools of Evangelism Online for seminary students, pastors and evangelists; ReIgnite for people who want to grow in their Christian faith and share it with others; and Sharing Hope in Crisis and Sharing Hope in Crisis Student Training, which equip people to offer comfort to the hurting. Each self-paced course is designed to take advantage of decades of real-world ministry from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and utilizes videos, reading assignments, downloadable PDFs, sermon transcripts, practical projects and quizzes. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s online evangelism training utilizes videos, reading assignments, downloadable PDFs, sermon transcripts, practical projects and quizzes to equip students to be successful in their evangelistic ministry. The self-paced curriculum, available for 180 days after registration, features four courses with three lessons in each course. The intensive program is designed for pastors, church leaders and college/seminary students, but is open to anybody who desires training in the area of Christian evangelism. More information can be found at billygraham.org/online-training.
The official monthly publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Decision magazine, founded in 1960, has a circulation of some 450,000—making it one of the most widely circulated religious periodicals in the world. Issues include messages by Billy and Franklin Graham, devotionals, practical features on Christian living, personal testimonies and news of inspiring faith.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association produces a number of online and broadcast programs. The newest program in the ministry’s line-up is GPS: God. People. Stories. Each weekly episode features the inspiring story of how God has worked in someone’s life. Decision Minute is a one-minute feature that airs on more than 600 radio stations. Additionally, through Blue Ridge Broadcasting, the ministry operates FM stations 106.9 The Light WMIT-FM, Black Mountain, North Carolina. 106.9 The Light has the nation's 12th largest FM coverage area, reaching portions of seven states. Visit billygraham.org/radio to listen to the programs or live stream the station at 1069TheLight.org.
Billy Graham pioneered the early use of TV specials in the 1950s, and that strategy continues today with regular broadcasts of original programming in the U.S. Reaching households domestically over the airwaves and internationally online and through select satellite providers, these specials blend messages from Billy and Franklin Graham and real-life stories from the front lines of the organization's ministries.
The TV/Telephone Ministry, in conjunction with the Billy Graham TV Specials, began nationwide in March 1981 and has since served more than 1.5 million people. From the privacy of their homes, people can call a telephone number on their screens to receive spiritual help and guidance. Currently, there are 39 active phone centers, 518 phones and more than 900 trained volunteers.
Named for Ruth Graham's love for the Bible and Christian literature, Ruth's Attic bookstores are the resource ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. An internet store and two walk-in stores at Billy Graham Evangelistic Association facilities in Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina, provide evangelism and discipleship resources that include Billy Graham Classic Crusade DVDs, Dare to Be a Daniel training resources, The Billy Graham Christian Worker's Handbook, books by Graham family members and other trusted Christian authors, as well as music and gifts from the Billy Graham Library. Find the online store at billygrahambookstore.org.
Billy Graham Response Center
The Response Center opened in June 1998 to provide information to people with questions regarding the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and to respond to those who need spiritual encouragement. The Response Center also receives calls for Samaritan's Purse. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.