The Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals (ISAE), a center for research and programming at Wheaton College, was recently awarded a grant to study the impact of the life, career, and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham. Graham graduated from Wheaton College in 1943.
The grant, provided by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc., will fund a two-year study.
Dr. Larry Eskridge, Associate Director of the ISAE, says that Graham’s ministry of more than 60 years provides a unique lens for examining American religion and the larger story of American cultural and political history over the last 100 years.
“Graham’s vast influence in promoting world evangelism and missions through efforts including the Lausanne Committee means that he may well have been the singular most important figure in world Christianity during the 20th century,” Eskridge says.
The Institute plans to use the grant in several ways, including funding research grants that will promote the collections of the Billy Graham Center Archives; sponsoring of a series of lectures and course offerings at the College; holding a series of day-long symposia on Graham’s legacy at major seminaries; producing a DVD documentary designed for classroom and adult study group use; commissioning articles on aspects of Graham’s ministry for clergy and lay audiences; and supporting scholarly research and writing to culminate in a conference on Wheaton’s campus in the fall of 2013.
More details about the project will be available on the ISAE website, isae.wheaton.edu.