William Franklin Graham IV, the grandson of the late Billy Graham and the son of Franklin Graham, serves as the Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelic Association and the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. 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. Like Tarzan, he would hang on the trees and gave the popular Tarzan yell, scaring both horses and drivers. Eisenhower. Frank and Morrow Graham had four children: William, Jr., Melvin T., Catherine, and Jean. Will is the grandson of Billy Graham and the oldest son of Franklin Graham. Biography. After a period of recuperation in Florida, he was hired as the first full-time evangelist of the new Youth for Christ (YFC), co-founded by Torrey Johnson and the Canadian evangelist Charles Templeton. [184] Graham's eldest daughter, Gigi, praised the film and was hired as a consultant to help promote it. [107][108] Observers have questioned whether the support of Republican and religious right politics on issues such as same-sex marriage coming from Graham – who stopped speaking in public or to reporters – in fact reflects the views of his son, Franklin, head of the BGEA. As the sessions became larger, he arranged a group of up to 5,000 people to sing in a choir. They may not know the name of Jesus but they know in their hearts that they need something they do not have, and they turn to the only light they have, and I think that they are saved and they are going to be with us in heaven. "I think some people in the secular world may see me as some kind of right-wing zealot," Graham … Franklin wanted his parents to be buried at the library site. According to his website, Graham preached to live audiences of 210 million people in more than 185 countries and territories through various meetings, including BMS World Mission and Global Mission. 1945), an inspirational speaker and author; Anne Graham Lotz (b. [33] Graham had crusades in London, which lasted 12 weeks, and a New York City crusade in Madison Square Garden in 1957, which ran nightly for 16 weeks. Will Graham (William Franklin Graham IV) is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. William lived in 1901, at address . William Franklin Graham Vice President and Associate Evangelist of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Executive Director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove 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 (BGEA). After one semester, he found that the coursework and rules were too legalistic . [33] He appeared in China in 1988 – for Ruth, this was a homecoming, since she had been born in China to missionary parents. Bottom (l to r) William Franklin Graham II with his great-grandson WIlliam Franklin Graham V. The 1949 Crusade in Los Angeles caught the attention of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. He appeared in North Korea in 1992. [96] This was shortly before Kennedy's speech in Houston, Texas on the separation of church and state; the speech was considered to be successful in meeting the concerns of many voters. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Frank Graham was the son of Crook Graham and Margaret McCall. [121] This was mentioned by George W. Bush in his eulogy. Privacy Will and his wife, Kendra, have two daughters, Christine Jane (CJ) and Rachel Austin, and a son, William Franklin Graham V (Quinn). 1999-2000: Pastoral Intern, Bay Leaf Baptist Church (Raleigh, N.C.), 2000-2006: Pastor, Wakefield Baptist Church (Wake Forest, N.C.), 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.), 2012: Vice President, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Charlotte, N.C.), 1993: Diploma, Watauga High School (Boone, N.C.), 1997: B.S. Such people were called inquirers and were given the chance to speak one-on-one with a counselor, to clarify questions and pray together. were removed from Graham's website. Raised in a log home in the Appalachian Mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina, Franklin now resides in Boone, North Carolina, with his wife Jane. Graham officiated at one presidential burial and one presidential funeral. He just never wanted me to leave. [146] Despite Graham's public views on womanhood, it has been acknowledged that Ruth still remained active in Christian ministry after they married, often teaching Sunday School. He settled it at Forest Home Christian Camp (now called Forest Home Ministries) southeast of the Big Bear Lake area in southern California. 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 Cove offers multi-day seminars on a variety of Christian subjects and features nationally-recognized speakers. Graham was offered a five-year, $1 million contract from NBC to appear on television opposite Arthur Godfrey, but he had prearranged commitments. 1997: Samaritan’s Purse (Boone, N.C.) 2. As reported in The Washington Post:[146], Bunny remembers being groomed for the life of wife, homemaker, and mother. Aside from serving as an associate evangelist of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Will Graham currently serves as assistant director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina. William Franklin (Will) Graham IV January 30, 1975 Longmont, Colorado. [67] On June 24–26, 2005, Graham began what he said would be his last North American crusade, three days at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the borough of Queens, New York City. Roy Austin Graham is famous and well known as Franklin Graham's son. Johnston, Thomas P.(2003). 1999-2000: Pastoral Intern, Bay Leaf Baptist Church (Raleigh, N.C.) William Franklin Graham IV (born January 30, 1975) is an American Christian evangelist.He is the executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove and associate evangelist of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.. Graham is the third generation of Grahams to evangelize under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Billy Graham Capitol Service", "Ex-Presidents at Graham Library Opening". William Franklin Graham III is the fourth of five children of evangelist Billy Graham and his wife, the late Ruth Bell Graham. "[57] Graham and King would also come to differ on the Vietnam War. January 30, 1975 [136], Graham expressed inclusivist views, suggesting that people without explicit faith in Jesus can be saved. 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Graham's evangelism was appreciated by mainline Protestant denominations, as he encouraged those mainline Protestants who were converted to his evangelical message to remain within or return to their mainline churches. [39] Graham initially intended to become a chaplain in the Armed Forces, but he contracted mumps shortly after applying for a commission. William calls Boone, NC, home. In 1998, Graham spoke to a crowd of scientists and philosophers at the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference. 1996 Congressional Gold Medal shows Ruth and Billy Graham in profile (obverse); the Ruth and Billy Graham Children's Health Center in Asheville, North Carolina (reverse). [106] Shortly after, apparently in order to accommodate Romney, who is a Mormon, references to Mormonism as a religious cult ("A cult is any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith.") Franklin William Graham was born on month day 1900, at birth place, Nebraska, to WILLIAM WALTER GRAHAM and Grace Irene GRAHAM (born Irwin). 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[146] After Ruth agreed to marry him, Graham cited the Bible for claiming authority over her, saying, "then I'll do the leading and you do the following". In 1939, Graham was ordained by a group of Southern Baptist clergy at Peniel Baptist Church in Palatka, Florida. Graham said that his planned retirement was a result of his failing health; he had suffered from hydrocephalus from 1992 on. This created such an aversion that Graham and his sister avoided alcohol and drugs for the rest of their lives. His Siblings are Will Graham, Edward Bell Graham, Jane Graham Lynch. 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.”. The festival was held in New Orleans, which was recovering from Hurricane Katrina. In a secret letter from April 15, 1969, made public twenty years later, Graham encouraged Nixon to bomb the dikes in North Vietnam if the peace talks in Paris should fail. He also hosted the radio show Hour of Decision from 1950 to 1954. [109] In 2016, according to his son Franklin, Graham voted for Donald Trump. "[127], In a 1999 speech, Graham discussed his relationship with the late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung, praising him as a "different kind of communist" and "one of the great fighters for freedom in his country against the Japanese." [28] In his autobiography, Graham wrote of receiving his "calling on the 18th green of the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club", which was adjacent to the institute's campus. [25][26], After graduating from Sharon High School in May 1936, Graham attended Bob Jones College. [18] When he was eight years old in 1927, the family moved about 75 yards (69 m) from their white frame house to a newly built red brick home. [46], At each Urbana conference, he challenged the thousands of attendees to make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ for the rest of their lives. "Billy Graham (1918–2018): Prophet of World Christianity? Will is the grandson of Billy Graham and the oldest son of Franklin Graham. He wrote about Graham in his 1974 autobiography Plain Speaking, "But now we've got just this one evangelist, this Billy Graham, and he's gone off the beam. [clarification needed] In collaboration with Christianity Today, Graham convened what TIME magazine described as "a formidable forum, possibly the widest–ranging meeting of Christians ever held"[68] with 2,700 participants from 150 nations gathering for the International Congress on World Evangelization. [71], Graham played multiple roles that reinforced each other. One of his biographers has placed him "among the most influential Christian leaders" of the 20th century. In 1983, 1986 and 2000 he sponsored, organized and paid for massive training conferences for Christian evangelists; this was the largest representation of nations ever held until that time. Supportive of Johnson's domestic policies, and hoping to preserve his friendship with the President, Graham resisted pressure to endorse Goldwater and stayed neutral in the election. Graham received 20 honorary degrees and refused at least that many more. [209], Graham authored the following books;[210] many of which have become bestsellers. No Regrets", "My Answer from the writings of the Rev. [74] One special televised broadcast in 1996 alone may have reached a television audience of as many as 2.5 billion people worldwide. [83], Graham died of natural causes on February 21, 2018, at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, at the age of 99. Henrietta Mears of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood in California was instrumental in helping Graham wrestle with the issue. One of his biographers has placed him "among the most influential Christian leaders" of the 20th century. "[118], In contrast with his more limited access with Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy, Graham would not only visit the White House private quarters but would also at times kneel at Johnson's bedside and then pray with him whenever the President requested him to do so. "[70] The movement remains a significant fruit of Graham's legacy, with a presence in nearly every nation. All he's interested in is getting his name in the paper. "The ultimate Billy Graham playlist". [80] In August 2005, Graham appeared at the groundbreaking for his library in Charlotte, North Carolina. Billy was the first of four children, followed by Catherine, Melvin, and Jean. While attending college, Graham became pastor of the United Gospel Tabernacle and also had other preaching engagements. Graham has been spiritual adviser to several United States Presidents and has met with 12, dating back to Harry S. Truman. [14] Because of his crusades, Graham preached the gospel to more people in person than anyone in the history of Christianity. [10] Graham recalled in his autobiography that during this time, he and King developed a close friendship and that he was eventually one of the few people who referred to King as "Mike", a nickname which King asked only his closest friends to call him. At the ceremony, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called Graham "America's pastor". Reverend Billy Graham Memorial Park was later established on the Hillsborough River, directly east of the 18th green and across from where Graham often paddled a canoe to a small island in the river, where he would practice preaching to the birds, alligators, and cypress stumps. Bailey says: Graham was a lifelong registered member of the Democratic Party. 2006: Associate Evangelist, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Charlotte, N.… "The ground at the foot of the cross is level, and it touches my heart when I see whites standing shoulder to shoulder with blacks at the cross. [47] Borden had died in Egypt on his way to the mission field. Billy Graham on his lasting legacy", "The Presidents' preacher: From Truman to Trump", "John F. Kennedy, Billy Graham: irrecoverable moments in 1963", "America's Pastor: At 74, Billy Graham Begins to Sum Up, Regrets and All", "Why Is Abortion Such a Big Issue For Christians? [5], Graham was a spiritual adviser to U.S. presidents, and he provided spiritual counsel for every president from Harry S. Truman (33rd) to Barack Obama (44th). The "Billy Graham Children's Health Center" in Asheville is named after and funded by Graham. Then 86, he used a walker during the ceremony. In April 2010, Graham was 91 and experiencing substantial vision, hearing and balance loss when he made a rare public appearance at the re-dedication of the renovated Billy Graham Library. "[138], In 1970, Graham stated that feminism was "an echo of our overall philosophy of permissiveness" and that women did not want to be "competitive juggernauts pitted against male chauvinists". Nixon was the first president to give a speech from an evangelist's platform. [42], From the time his ministry began in 1947, Graham conducted more than 400 crusades in 185 countries and territories on six continents. After his close relationships with Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon, Graham tried to avoid explicit partisanship. [141][142][143][144], Graham was well known for his practice of not spending time alone with any woman other than his wife. Dr. William Franklin "Billy" Graham. [23] Graham was 15 when Prohibition ended in December 1933, and his father forced him and his sister Katherine to drink beer until they became sick. [82] At the time of Ruth Graham's death, it was announced that they would be buried at the library site. [66] Lewis described Graham as a "Saint" and someone who "taught us how to live and who taught us how to die. The association relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1999, and maintains a number of international offices, such as in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. [10] The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry. ", "Divorce, drugs, drinking: Billy Graham's children and their absent father", "Internet Reacts to Obama Tweet About Billy Graham", "The complicated legacy of Billy Graham: Gospel or politics? During his early life William Franklin was a frontiersman, soldier, a captain in the Pennsylvania militia, and aide-decamp to his father. A poignant example of ill treatment of Loyalists by the Rebel government is that of William Franklin. 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 (BGEA). [172] A highway in Charlotte bears Graham's name,[82] as does I-240 near Graham's home in Asheville. Their friendly relationship may have been because they shared a traditional approach to the practical aspects of the Christian faith. On September 22, 1991, Graham held his largest event in North America on the Great Lawn of Manhattan's Central Park. He called them crusades, after the medieval Christian forces who conquered Jerusalem. 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He can use it mightily. William Franklin Graham IV (Will) is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. [73] He appeared as a guest on a 1969 Woody Allen television special, where he joined the comedian in a witty exchange on theological matters. 1999-2000: Pastoral Intern, Bay Leaf Baptist Church (Raleigh, N.C.) 3. Graham officiated at the funeral services of former First Lady Pat Nixon in 1993,[24] and the death and state funeral of Richard Nixon in 1994. Kennedy. On April 25, 2010, President Barack Obama visited Graham at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, where they "had a private prayer". Billy Graham, prominent Christian evangelist, dead at 99", "Evangelist Billy Graham dies at age 99; reached millions", Special Event – Honoring Rev. "In the News: Billy Graham on 'Most Admired' List 61 Times". The inquirers were often given a copy of the Gospel of John or a Bible study booklet. [116] Thus, he was more sympathetic to Republican administrations. [10] According to his autobiography, Graham was 16 in 1934 when he was converted during a series of revival meetings that Ham led in Charlotte. [158], Graham was frequently honored by surveys, including "Greatest Living American" and consistently ranked among the most admired persons in the United States and the world. [118] Graham's biographer David Aikman acknowledged that the preacher was closer to Johnson than any other President he had ever known. [43] BGEA ministries have included: In April 2013, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association started "My Hope With Billy Graham", the largest outreach in its history, encouraging church members to spread the gospel in small group meetings after showing a video message by Graham. Vocations [103], Truman was not fond of 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. City officials estimated that more than 250,000 were in attendance. [citation needed], Graham also held evangelistic meetings on a number of college campuses: at the University of Minnesota during InterVarsity's "Year of Evangelism" in 1950–51, a 4-day mission at Yale University in 1957, and a week-long series of meetings at the University of North Carolina's Carmichael Auditorium in September 1982. [103] Their friendship became strained in 1973 when Graham rebuked Nixon for his post-Watergate behavior and the profanity heard on the Watergate tapes. They have two daughters, Christine Jane (CJ) and Rachel Austin, both high schoolers in Buncombe County Schools, and a son, William Franklin Graham V, who goes by Quinn. Hang on the farm general surgeon of Dwight D. Eisenhower meeting with Truman 1950. 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