Welcome to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Channel section of the Elevate Christian Network online website community, information center, & social shopping network. Billy Graham is an American Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 with the national media backing of William Randolph Hearst and Henry Luce. He is founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), which exists to support and extend the evangelistic calling and ministries of Billy and Franklin Graham by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all they can by every effective means available and by equipping others to do the same.