William Franklin Graham III, known as Franklin Graham, is an American Christian evangelist and missionary. He is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization.
He has met privately with five U.S. Presidents as well as world leaders from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
As a speaker and author, Franklin regularly addresses current moral and social issues, challenging Christians to make a difference in the world. He also offers biblical context and application to current national and world events. Through the organizations he leads he has been instrumental in helping people impacted by crises including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, civil war in Sudan and natural disasters ranging from the tsunami in South Asia to the massive earthquakes in Haiti, China and Japan.
Franklin conducted his first evangelistic event in 1989 and now conducts Franklin Graham Festivals around the world for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). He has preached to more than 8.1 million people in cities from Johannesburg, South Africa to Tupelo, Miss.