Billy Graham's Grandson to Lead First U.S. Christian Crusade This Week

The Rev. Will Graham, the grandson of evangelist Billy Graham, will lead his first U.S. crusade this week.

The 31-year-old's appearance at the three-day Greater Gaston Celebration is a first step for a man whose grandfather has led more than 400 crusades worldwide, and whose father, Franklin, has preached in 33 states and several countries.

He insists his calling is not a family legacy.

"You've just got to be your own person," Graham told The Charlotte Observer for a story published Sunday. "There's no replacing Billy Graham. I don't want to be Billy Graham."

The Rev. Austin Rammell, a former classmate from Liberty University who is now pastor of a church in Gaston County, extended the invitation.

Graham is assistant director of the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville. He tentatively plans to lead a crusade in Ohio and others in Canada next year. He has already led some in Canada and has preached in India.

"If I end up doing more, great," he said. "If I don't, great. It's not about me."

He has degrees from Liberty and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.