Franklin Graham’s Salary: $880,000

Via the Charlotte Observer:

Six years ago, Franklin Graham decided to give up his pay as head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “I feel that God has called me to this ministry and that calling was never based on compensation,” he wrote then in a memo to the BGEA staff. But since 2011, at the urging of the Charlotte-based ministry’s board of directors, Graham has been receiving a salary again. That’s in addition to the more than $620,000 he receives for his other full-time job, leading Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief agency based in Boone. Graham’s total compensation last year from the two charities was more than $880,000, including $258,667 from BGEA.

Graham’s salary from Samaritan’s purse makes him the highest-paid CEO of any relief agency in the country. Praise Jesus, y’all.

  • Mark

    That’s a lot of rent boyz!

  • StraightGrandmother

    Which one of the religious grifters was it who went to Africa on a Charity mission & used the airplanes for the trip to bring back gold? Was that Pat Robertson?

    Almost $900,0000 a yer, I wonder what kind of lifestyle he lives but is never reported?

    • Gene

      yes. he is in VERY tightly with the dictator of Angola, who, being a fundy, and an anti communist, was ADORED by Pat Robertson, who overlooked that tens of thousands dead thing. Robertson is the biggest grafter of them all, and I take pleasure in seeing him moan and whine about the state of the US today, for he truly thought in the Reagan years it would become a fundy dreamland.

    • joeyj1220

      wasn’t that Creflo Dollar? (yes, thats his real name…and he’s NOT a drag queen)

      • McSwagg

        Dollar put out the ‘beg’ for a new personal jet, but Robertson is the one famous for dealing in African blood diamonds.

        • joeyj1220

          <— Can't distinguish one grifter from another

    • D. J.

      I wonder how much alimony Graham’s thrice divorced sister rakes in?

    • McSwagg

      I thought it was blood diamonds that he was flying back, but I won’t quibble over that detail.

      • StraightGrandmother

        No, no I think you are right. I was fuzzy on the details, so thanks for reminding me.

        • TomF.

          Yes, Robertson owns diamond mines in South Africa. A humble man of the cloth!

          • teedofftaxpayer

            Blood diamond mines?

    • BudClark

      Blood diamonds, I think it was …

  • Gene

    there was a poor carpenter who spent his life helping the poor and dispossessed, and gave his very life for others, yet lived a nomadic life, owned no home, and said that it was harder for a rich man to inherit the kingdom of God than it was for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, and told one rich man that he must give up all his posessions and wealth to follow him.
    his name was Jesus….
    I have a feeling that Franklin Graham, for all his talk, is only vaguely familiar with this person.

    • DaveDocSC

      That is beautiful.. I don’t think anything else needs to be said.

    • zhera

      I think Graham read the story of Jesus, thought to himself ‘What a fool!’ and decided that he’d never end up that way. If Graham REALLY believed in Heaven and Hell he’d live a different life.

      • clay

        According to his theology, Jesus’ life and death were substitionary sacrifices; because Jesus did it, Franklin no longer needs to. This applies not only to the hunger of the belly, but also the no longer needing to resist the temptations of using military/political power, of testing God, and of getting to have a normal life– let someone else do it.

        But I’m not sure that $880,000/year counts as a “normal” life. Some ministers link their compensation to community median income or to the living wage / cost of living in the community.

        • GayOldLady

          In Matthew 19:24 Jesus tells his disciples: “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
          I hope Graham is on a diet.

      • Gene

        I concur. but (and THIS statement can shut down a room of even most liberals faster than a can of nerve gas) I never much liked even his dad either.
        As per the 880,000. 00 Assuming two week vacation (everyone needs time off, but I bet he takes more) and a 5 day work week (seems unlikely, but, lets go with 5), thats 250 work days a year. = 3,250.00 a day, if a standard 8 hour day, thats 440.00 an hour.
        Most Neurosurgeons and hedge fund managers would be envious of this income. Nice work, if you can get it.
        I am not sure, but I strongly suspect the man has a charity related expense account (most do, and with reason…the cost of gas, etc, are truly expenses of some charities, and I know my childhood pastor put thousands of miles on his celica each year going to hospitals hospices, etc at all hours) for his travel, and I bed he is not driving a 10 year old celica , or flying coach, so even this 888,000.00 is not truly indicative of his total earnings from this gig. The man, long and short of it, is a Schiester. A schmuch. A total tool.

    • Gigi

      They’re biblical literalists…until they come to parts that might affect their lives.

      • David Walker

        Not their lives so much as their income.

      • Mark

        I like to call them religionists. Dominionist is another good one.

        • FAEN

          Religionists, Dominionists aka greedy fucks.

    • Jeffg166

      He also said sell everything and give that money to the poor.

      Franklin is another cafeteria christian.

    • Bill_Perdue
    • Harley

      That phrase was changed in the new “prosperity bible” to “miserly” from “rich”. It’s helps the hypocrites get past all the things jebus said about the wealthy.

  • anne marie in philly

    and he doesn’t deserve it, and how much does he pay in taxes, and how much does he give to charity?

    • Luckily for him, he has a charity near and dear to his heart. Convenient, no?

      • PLAINTOM

        He puts money in the pot with one hand and takes it out with the other.

      • anne marie in philly

        too damn convenient!

    • clay

      Do they supply housing? (not included as income)
      Did he take the religious opt out from Social Security? (reduces his taxes even further, and was the only place the housing would have been taxed)

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    $800,000.00, that’s a lot of jebus wafers.

    • Especially when you consider that “his ministry” is the type that doesn’t even deal in them.

    • GayOldLady

      And a lot of grape juice

    • Paula

      Well, he deserves it. He is spreading the word of jeebus, after all.

      • BudClark

        Like a fcukin’ PLAGUE …

  • JT

    Preacher con men love to keep the money rolling in.

    • David Walker

      Loved that movie…especially the naughty Shirley Jones. Well, OK…Burt Lancaster was lust-worthy, but it was just so much fun to see OKLAHOMA’s Laurie and CAROUSEL’s long-suffering Julie Jordan as a…well, woman of ill-repute.

      • Desmond Rutherford

        The thing is, religious fundamentalists think that the Elmer Gantry movie is an instructional documentary.

      • B Snow

        Mrs. Partridge was a floozy??!! I must watch it now!

        • David Walker

          And she loved it. We did an interview with her about 2 lifetimes ago…she was in Harrisburg for some artsy thing…and she was all glowing about Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Partridges (she enjoyed being able to work with her son), but she said “Elmer Gantry” was one of her favorites because, as is so often the case, it broke type for her. It’s an interview I recall fondly.

    • Clive Johnson

      I can get behind this kind of preaching however:

      • B Snow

        I love Oglaf!!

        • Clive Johnson

          I just discovered him today based on a link by a JMG reader. Great stuff for sure!

          • B Snow

            Make sure you click “next page” on the site — some of them are multiple pages long. And hover your cursor over the cartoon for extra little fun lines. 🙂

    • BudClark

      You’ll burn in hell, unless you butt-fuck and save your vagina for marriage!

    • Sara

      Elmer Gantry is one thing, but who are THOSE WOMEN WHO PARTICIPATE WITH HIM? THEY are SELF DESTRUCTIVE!!!

  • Hal Watts

    A corrupt grifter-preacher who spends most of his time spouting off anti-gay Teavangelical talking points….nothing new to see here folks, just move along…

  • BearEyes

    how many of his suckers, er … donors, know this?

    • Todd20036

      A better question is, how many would give a damn?

  • Michael White

    As with so many of the fakes their god is money and power – pure and simple

  • Gigi

    Preaching hate for a living pay$.

  • Ronald Ibach

    Just another right wing nut job republican grifter happily fleecing his flock.

  • McSwagg

    This story reminds me of the roll models from the Bible that Graham, Pat Robertson, and all the other grifters follow: the Pharisees.

    • clay

      (Sadducees– the religious establishment sold out to the occupation government and requiring financial support from even the peasants. Pharisees– local religious leaders rejecting the financial power and political accommodation of the Temple, but still requiring strict adherence to Torah and exclusion of outsiders / sinners.)

      • McSwagg

        I’m no bible scholar and couldn’t tell you the difference between the two, so I’ll defer to your superior knowledge on that detail.

  • GayOldLady

    Wow, Jesus is paying a lot better than he used to.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    $880 K + $258 K = Lots of tears from jesus.

    • clay

      (The more than $880,000 last year was from the two sources, combined. It already includes the $258,667 from BGEA.)

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Oh, ok; jesus not as sad now.

        • clay

          I hear Jesus is all about the number of digits in US dollars, ’cause that’s God’s chosen currency.

          • vorpal

            That’s why the value of the US dollar is precisely pegged to fluctuate inversely with the number of same-sex marriages in the US.

  • ChrisInKansas

    “Camels, needles, blah blah blah! Am I right?” – F. Graham

  • Richard Rush

    If Graham were not in denial, he would have said, “I feel that God Money has called me to this ministry and that calling was never based on compensation God.”

  • Galvestonian

    Daddy knew best…if you’re gonna be a grifter, you gotta be the best


    Is this God hiring?

  • vorpal

    Anyone who can exploit his followers to this degree is a fucking psychopath.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Tax, tax, tax, prosecute for fraud, persecute on general principles.

  • NMNative

    Franklin, just in case you missed this: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    How many children will die today because they can not afford to eat or get medical treatment. But Graham can afford to eat and get all the medical help he needs. It is “Christians” like him who have lost their way and who are greedy and make the other Christians look bad. The Christians make billions of dollars for their buildings and their tv stations and to buy advertising to make them look good but in the end they are not practicing what they preach and they will never last because they are not doing what their bible tells them to do.

  • MikeBx2

    “…and that calling was never based on compensation”


  • Chris Baker

    I know there’s the argument that CEOs of non-profits need to be paid a competitive wage in order to attract the best leadership talent. However, Samaritan’s Purse is Franklin’s own ministry! It’s not like he’s going to leave.

  • Herald

    The linked article is a gold mine, be sure to read the entire thing.

    Included was this gem of a paragraph:
    Next year, a presidential election year, DeMoss said Graham is planning to headline a national BGEA tour, with prayer rallies in all 50 states urging
    Christians to not only pray for America and live out biblical
    principles but also to vote and “vote for candidates who will support
    biblical values.”

    He is a grifting, hypocritical, legacy con man playing hate for $ and power.

  • Queequeg

    Meanwhile the elderly widows he cons out of their money are eating cat food.

  • jomicur

    Blessed are the plutocrats, for they shall get all the sex and drugs they want.

  • FAEN

    Franklin Graham is just like ever other Faux Christian-money is their only god.

  • EdA

    It’s worth noting, also, that a noticeable chunk of that $880K, e.g., the housing allowance, is exempt from income tax. People can refer to the Charity Navigator,, to find the IRS 990 forms for most charitable organizations, real or purported, and it is remarkable to see how much how many other self-selected saviors of souls take in. Especially if you’re familiar with aliases, it’s truly remarkable to figure how the extent to which people of conscience can do well by doing good … or claiming to.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    Perhaps we should go on to Samaritan’s Purse and let the donators know just how much of their donations are being used to pay Mr Graham. I know as a person who donates I wouldn’t give to an organization that pays such an outrageous amount to someone associated to them.