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Will Graham at Singing on the Mountain

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Article Published: Jun. 20, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 24, 2013
Will Graham at Singing on the Mountain

Will Graham, son of Franklin Graham, is executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove and vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

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Grandfather Mountain will welcome Will Graham to the 89th annual Singing on the Mountain June 23.

Graham, a 38-year-old evangelist, is the son of Franklin Graham and the grandson of world-famous evangelist Billy Graham. He’s also executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove and vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

The oldest of four children, Graham grew up in the North Carolina High Country before attending Liberty University and earning a bachelor of science degree in religion. He later attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a master of divinity degree.

Both Graham’s father and grandfather spoke at previous Singing on the Mountain Sundays, Billy in 1962 and Franklin in 1993 and 1999. The usual June slot for the event was moved to August, when Billy Graham first spoke in 1962 to help accommodate the traveling evangelist’s busy touring schedule.

Will Graham began his evangelic ministry with youth-oriented, one-day events in Canada. He has spoken to audiences across North America, Australia and India, as well as parts of Asia and South America, converting tens of thousands of people to Christianity.

“This opportunity to be a part of Singing on the Mountain is special to me for a couple different reasons,” Graham said. “First, it is always a unique blessing when I get to follow in the footsteps of my dad or grandfather, who have both spoken as part of this great tradition on Grandfather Mountain.

“The second reason that I’m excited about Singing on the Mountain is because it’s a bit of a homecoming for me. While I’ve spoken from time to time at area churches, this is the first time that I’ve really had the opportunity to minister as an evangelist in the area in which I grew up and which still means so much to me. I’ve preached in Kenya, Thailand, India, Australia, Hong Kong — but now I get to preach on Grandfather Mountain, and I can’t tell you how excited I am about that.”

The 89th annual Singing on the Mountain begins June 23 at 8:30 a.m. and runs throughout the day. Admission is free to all. Musical groups set to perform include The Chuckwagon Gang, Ernie Couch & Revival, Patricia Smith of Abundance Ministries, The Cockman Family, Michael Combs, Terry Warren, Tim Greene and John’s River Quartet.

For more information about Grandfather Mountain, Singing on the Mountain or Will Graham, visit http://www.grandfather.com or call (800) 468-7325.

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