From its beginning one hundred years ago, Dallas Theological Seminary has stood on the motto “Preach the Word.” As the seminary grew, a preacher in another part of the US also modeled a life of sharing the gospel. Billy Graham built an evangelistic team and an international platform to reach the world with the truth of the Bible and the love of Christ. In honor of the vision for outreach that DTS and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) share, DTS is honored to inaugurate the Billy Graham Scholar’s Program.

Students who apply to the program must demonstrate clear Christian testimony, a call to evangelism, personal biblical attributes, a commitment to the local church, and good scholarship in seminary courses. Reverend Wil Graham—grandson of Billy, evangelist, and executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, North Carolina—selects one student each year who embodies the vision and values of Billy Graham’s ongoing legacy.

The chosen student receives a $1,000 scholarship for seminary expenses, an opportunity to visit the BGEA headquarters, and an invitation to attend an Evangelism Intensive.

The first student selected for the Billy Graham Scholar’s Program plans to apply her DTS training to spreading the gospel in a country that restricts open Christian outreach. Her calling to innovative evangelism in a complex environment reflects the heart of Billy Graham, who pioneered the use of television and other technologies to share the gospel with people in hard-to-reach places.

To learn more about the Scholar’s Program, see

About the Contributors

Neil R. Coulter

Neil R. Coulter

Neil R. Coulter completed degrees in music performance and ethnomusicology from Wheaton College and Kent State University. He and his family lived in Papua New Guinea for twelve years, where Neil served as an ethnomusicology and arts consultant for Wycliffe Bible Translators. In 2015, he helped design and launch the PhD in World Arts at Dallas International University. He teaches doctoral courses in theory and ethnography at DIU’s Center for Excellence in World Arts. At DTS, he teaches about art, literature, film, and theology, and he is senior writer and editor of DTS Magazine. Neil is married to Joyce, and they have three sons.