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Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham III was raised in a log home in the Appalachian Mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina. Born July 14, 1952, he is the fourth of five children of evangelist Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth Bell Graham.

At age 22, after a period of rebellion and traveling the world, Franklin committed his life to Jesus Christ while alone in a hotel room in Jerusalem. Soon after that, Dr. Bob Pierce, Founder of Samaritan's Purse, invited Franklin to join him on a six-week mission to Asia. It was during that time that Franklin felt a calling to work with hurting people in areas of the world affected by war, famine, disease, and natural disasters.

Franklin was elected to the board of Samaritan's Purse in 1978, and one year later, following the death of Dr. Pierce, was elected President of the organization. Today, Samaritan's Purse provides relief assistance in 100 countries worldwide.

He conducted his first evangelistic event in 1989. Each year, he conducts as many as ten Festivals around the world as an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). In 1995, Franklin was elected to serve as the first vice-chairman of the BGEA and in 2000 he was named CEO of the organization. He has also served on the BGEA board since 1979.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association appointed Franklin Graham CEO in 2000 and president of the organization in 2001. He has served as first vice-chairman of the BGEA Board since 1995.

Franklin has authored several books, including "A Wing and a Prayer" (Tommy Nelson, 2005), "All for Jesus" (coauthored with Ross Rhoads, Thomas Nelson, 2003), "The Name" (Thomas Nelson, 2002), "Living Beyond the Limits: A Life in Sync with God" (Thomas Nelson, 1998), and his autobiography, "Rebel With a Cause: Finally Comfortable Being Graham" (Thomas Nelson, 1995).

Franklin and his wife, Jane, live in North Carolina and have four children, Will, Roy, Edward, and Cissie, and six grandchildren.

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