Will Graham Biography

William Franklin (Will) Graham IV

Vice President and Associate Evangelist of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Born

January 30, 1975

Longmont, Colorado

Parents

Jane and Franklin Graham (Boone, N.C.)

Married

Kendra Leigh Bengds (Tucson, Ariz.)

Children

Christine Jane (CJ)

Rachel Austin

William Franklin V (Quinn)

Residence

Swannanoa, North Carolina

Education & Honors

  • 1993: Diploma, Watauga High School (Boone, N.C.)
  • 1997: B.S. in Religion, Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.)
  • 2001: Master of Divinity, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, N.C.)
  • 2006: Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Toccoa Falls College (Toccoa Falls, Ga.)
  • 2015: Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Trinity College (Trinity, Fla.)

Vocations

  • 1997: Samaritan’s Purse (Boone, N.C.)
  • 1999-2000: Pastoral Intern, Bay Leaf Baptist Church (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • 2000-2006: Pastor, Wakefield Baptist Church (Wake Forest, N.C.)
  • 2002: Ordained to the Gospel Ministry
  • 2006-2012: Assistant Director, Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove (Asheville, N.C.)
  • 2006: Associate Evangelist, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • 2012: Executive Director, Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove (Asheville, N.C.)

Education & Honors

  • 1993: Diploma, Watauga High School (Boone, N.C.)
  • 1997: B.S. in Religion, Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.)
  • 2001: Master of Divinity, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, N.C.)
  • 2006: Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Toccoa Falls College (Toccoa Falls, Ga.)
  • 2015: Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Trinity College (Trinity, Fla.)

Boards

  • Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.)
  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada (Calgary, AB)
  • Blue Ridge Broadcasting (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.)

About Will Graham

William Franklin Graham IV (Will) is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The grandson of Billy Graham and the oldest son of Franklin Graham, Will has shared the hope of Jesus with more than one million people across six continents since beginning his evangelistic ministry in 2006.

“I’m not trying to be the next Billy Graham; I’m just Will Graham,” says the ordained minister. “I have a burden in my heart to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If that’s to an arena full of people or one person on the street, I will do whatever God is calling me to do.”

When the impact of COVID-19 forced the postponement of several in-person outreaches in 2020, Will pivoted into a virtual evangelism strategy. The livestreams have featured award-winning musical artists such as Crowder, The Afters and Aaron Shust. Hundreds of thousands across more than 75 countries have heard the Gospel through these online efforts, which will continue to be a part of Will’s ministry in the future.

In addition to his evangelistic outreaches, Will serves as vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and as executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C. The Cove offers multi-day seminars on a variety of Christian subjects and features nationally-recognized speakers.

In 2018, Will was involved in two unique projects. He portrayed his grandfather, Billy Graham, in the Universal Studios biopic Unbroken: Path to Redemption (about Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini), released in September. In October, Will’s first book—a devotional titled Redeemed: Devotions for a Longing Soul—was published by Thomas Nelson. Centered on the life-changing power of a relationship with God, Redeemed features stories about his grandfather’s life and ministry, as well as anecdotes from Will’s own experiences.

Will graduated from Liberty University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion and in 2001 graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.

Will and his wife, Kendra, have two daughters, Christine Jane (CJ) and Rachel Austin, and a son, William Franklin Graham V (Quinn).

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