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.