Fact Sheet: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr., since 1950
President & CEO:
William Franklin "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:
Billy Graham has preached the good news of God's love to some 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 Crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies, in North America and around the world. His son, Franklin Graham, has preached more than 180 evangelistic festivals in 37 states and more than 48 countries since 1989. Will Graham is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim God's love under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Will has spoken to audiences across six continents since beginning his evangelistic ministry in 2006.
Billy Graham Library
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, which covers the span of Graham’s lifetime work and the ongoing ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association today. More than 1.1 million visitors have toured the Library since its opening. Visit www.billygrahamlibrary.org for more information.
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. The Cove is also available for group events for Christian churches and nonprofit ministries. Visit www.thecove.org for more information.
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 www.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 combining the power of personal relationships with unique tools for sharing the Gospel. Through the project’s focus on relationship evangelism, churches and individual Christians across entire countries are encouraged and equipped to pray and reach out to friends, family and neighbors using one of several evangelistic video programs featuring life-changing testimonies and powerful messages from Billy Graham. 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. Visit www.myhopewithbillygraham.org for more information.
Billy Graham Rapid Response Team
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 disaster zones, 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. More information can be found at www.billygraham.org/online-training.
Decision magazine is the official monthly publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Founded in 1960, the magazine 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, devotional helps, 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, and 106.7 The Light WFGW-FM, Knoxville, Tennessee. 106.9 The Light has the nation's 12th largest FM coverage area, reaching portions of seven states. Visit www.billygraham.org/radio to listen to the programs or live-stream the stations at 1069TheLight.org, 1067TheLight.org and via each station's smartphone app.
Billy Graham TV Specials
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 United States. These specials blend messages from Billy and Franklin Graham and real-life stories from the front lines of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 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 the telephone number on their screens to receive spiritual help and guidance. Currently, there are 39 active phone centers, 518 phones and 900 trained volunteers.
Ruth's Attic Bookstores
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 www.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.
For more information on these and other ministries, visit www.billygraham.org.