AUBURN, AL - The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has announced that Will Graham, along with local church and civic leaders, will hold the East Alabama West Georgia Will Graham Celebration at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, March 26-28, 2010.
"I appreciate the invitation from the churches to come to the Auburn/Opelika area and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ," said Graham.
"We'll have great music and challenging messages, and I look forward with anticipation to see how God will bless this community through the Celebration."
The East Alabama West Georgia Will Graham Celebration is a not-for-profit corporation, operating under the direction of a Celebration General Committee led by Chairman Banks Herndon, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Opelika, Ala. Area volunteers representing churches and denominations across the region will participate in the preparation process, working toward a successful Celebration.
"I pray every morning that this event will bring many to know that Jesus is real, and not some storybook figure," said Mr. Herndon, "and to know that He deeply wants each one of us to live forever in a great place He calls Heaven."
The Rev. Clifford Jones, senior pastor of Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Opelika, Ala., added, "I have a great burden for lost souls. I know this area will be stronger spiritually and many lives will be changed for good, and that excites me."
All Celebration programs will be open to the public and free of charge.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Celebration Director John Cass and a group of trained and experienced staff will help guide preparations. Additional staff will be hired locally.
Will is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Will is the grandson of Billy Graham and the oldest son of Franklin Graham. Since beginning his evangelistic ministry with youth-oriented, one-day events in Canada, Will has spoken to audiences across North America, Australia, India and other parts of Asia and South America.
Graham graduated from Liberty University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion and in 2001 graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He currently serves as assistant director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.