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Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham (born July 14, 1952) is an American evangelical Christian preacher and missionary.

His full name is William Franklin Graham, III. He is the son of Billy Graham and Ruth Bell Graham. He was born and raised in North Carolina. Graham did not become a Christian until age 22 while he was in Jerusalem. In 1974, he also married Jane Austin Cunningham.

Shortly after accepting Christ, Graham began working with Dr. Bob Pierce, founder of Samaritan's Purse, in Asia on a mission trip. Graham began his involment with Samaritan's Purse at that time. In 1979, Graham became the president of the organization after the death of Pierece.

Franklin Graham did not began conducting evangelistic events until 1989. Each year, he conducts at least five Graham Festivals around the world as an evangelist associated with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Since 1989, he has preached to more than three million people. Franklin Graham serves BGEA as president and CEO.

Franklin Graham spoke at the 1999 Columbine High School memorial. He also gave the opening prayer at the 2001 inaugration of George W. Bush.

In 2002, Graham came under criticism for comments he made against Islam, in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

Franklin Graham has written several books: