sent out from the BGEA UK earlier this week


London, 30 August 2011 — In just four weeks, The Civic Hall in Grays, Essex, will be reverberating with the sound of Christian music, followed by a message of hope from Will Graham, as Rock Thurrock with Will Graham officially begins.

Will is the grandson of well-known evangelist Billy Graham, who held several large-scale outreaches in the United Kingdom, dating back to 1954 when he spoke to more than 2 million people over the course of three months at Harringay Arena. For the past five years, Will has spoken to audiences across North America, Australia, India and other parts of Asia and South America.

RT PastedGraphic-1 JPEGOn Friday, 23 September, Will Graham will speak at Rock Thurrock’s “Celebration of Hope” event at the Thurrock Civic Hall. The free programme begins at 7 pm, with music by The Gathering Band.  All age groups are encouraged to attend.

Rock Thurrock’s “The Main Event” will take place at 6 pm on 24 September, and 5 pm on 25 September. The two-day event for young people will feature music from LZ7, Empire Nation and Beautiful Remnant, along with messages of hope from Will Graham.

During the past 12 months, preparations have been taking place in cooperation with churches in the Thurrock area of southwest Essex. More than 500 people recently attended a series of classes designed to help local Christians share their beliefs with others. In addition, a version of the classes specifically geared for teenagers will take place at the beginning of September. Local churches have also been preparing for Rock Thurrock through ongoing prayer and by participating in Community Action Projects.

IMG0133Colin Baker (left), the core team leader who has helped oversee preparations in Thurrock, reports: “We stand as believers in Thurrock at an important crossroads. Through the work of local churches over the last four years and the welcome impact of working with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, there has arisen an incredible unity. The time is now for us to reach out to the young people of our borough. Having prayed and studied God’s Word together, we believe that we are ready to see amazing things in our communities, borough and our nation. We believe that we have been prepared for such a time as this.”

Further information on Rock Thurrock activities and events can be obtained by calling 020 8559 0342 or visiting

About Will Graham
Will Graham is 36-years-old and 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.

About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) proclaims the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. BGEA directs a wide range of ministries, including: large-scale festivals led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; My Hope World Evangelism Through Television; the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team of crisis-trained chaplains; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the Internet. For more information, please visit