Ministry Facts

Founder

William Franklin “Billy” Graham II

President & CEO

William Franklin Graham III CEO since 2000; president since 2001

Headquarters

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Affiliate Offices/Ministry Partners

Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom

Ministries

The following are ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA):

Billy Graham Crusades / Franklin Graham Festivals / Will Graham Celebrations

Billy Graham preached the good news of God’s love to nearly 215 million people at hundreds of Crusades, missions and evangelistic rallies, in North America and around the world. His son, Franklin Graham, has preached more than 190 evangelistic festivals in 50 states and 49 countries since 1989. In 2016, Franklin Graham launched the Decision America Tour which called people to pray and to engage in local civic opportunities in each of the 50 U.S. capitals, subsequently resulting in numerous regionally-focused tours. 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 of evangelist Billy Graham. Its purpose is to continue the more than 60-year 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 today. More than 1.4 million visitors have toured the Library since its opening. Visit www.billygrahamlibrary.org for more information.

Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove

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 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.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. 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 300 disaster zones, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, shootings and areas of civil unrest, while also ministering to law enforcement and First Responders. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team international affiliates have been developed in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Billy Graham Online Evangelism Training

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s online training ministry offers a series of unique courses intended to deepen the participant’s walk with Christ and equip them to share their faith with others. 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

Decision Magazine is the official monthly publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Founded in 1960, the magazine has a circulation of more than 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. Full issues of Decision magazine are available at www.decisionmagazine.com.

Audio Ministry

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. The BGEA also partners with SiriusXM to produce The Billy Graham Channel on channel 460, featuring inspiring messages and sermons from Billy Graham.

Additionally, through Blue Ridge Broadcasting, the ministry operates The Light FM, in Black Mountain, N.C. The station’s main frequency, 106.9, has the nation’s 12th largest FM coverage area, reaching portions of seven states. The Light is also simulcast on four frequencies in the surrounding area, and is available for live-streaming online. Visit www.BillyGraham.org/Radio to to listen to the programs or live-stream the station at www.thelightfm.org via each station’s smartphone app.

Church Ministry

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Church Ministry shares the good news of God’s love by: equipping pastors and churches, through live evangelistic outreaches including Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour, and providing church resources including the My Hope and Flying Blind films.

  • Decision America Tour: Beginning in 2016, Franklin Graham toured the United States stopping in each of the 50-state capitols calling on Christians to pray for America and its leaders, engage in their communities, and take part in the political process at every level. Today, the Decision America Tour continues to encourage churches and individuals to pray for the nation, communities and the lost and invite their families, friends and neighbors to one-day prayer and evangelism rallies. Visit www.decisionamericatour.com for more information.

  • My Hope: Launched in 2002, My Hope has been implemented in 60 countries to date, with more than 10.3 million people making a commitment to Christ. My Hope is a large-scale evangelistic outreach which provides unique tools for sharing the Gospel―including video programs with powerful messages from Franklin Graham and Billy Graham―equipping churches and individual Christians across entire countries to participate in evangelism. Visit www.myhopewithbillygraham.org for more information.

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.

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, 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. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.

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