Prominent pastor, author, and Christian broadcaster Dr. Charles Stanley passed away on Tuesday morning, April 18, at the age of 90. Dr. Stanley was well-known for his 65 years of ministry, during which he helped spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world through his Bible-teaching ministry.
Dr. Stanley led First Baptist Church Atlanta for 50 years before stepping back from his role in 2020. The church has since become one of the most ethnically diverse congregations in America, with members from 98 different countries. Dr. Stanley’s son, Andy Stanley, followed in his father’s footsteps as the founder of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, where he currently serves as senior pastor.
In 1977, Dr. Charles Stanley founded In Touch Ministries, an organization dedicated to spreading Bible teachings via radio and television broadcasts. The ministry’s “In Touch” program is broadcast on more than 4,000 television, radio, and satellite networks worldwide, with Dr. Stanley’s sermons translated into 127 heart languages. As an author, Dr. Stanley sold more than 10 million copies of his 70+ books, with his latest book published in 2023.
Leaders from various Christian organizations have paid tribute to Dr. Stanley, including CBN Founder and Regent University Chancellor Pat Robertson, NRB President & CEO Troy A. Miller, and Congress of Christian Leaders President Johnnie Moore. Dr. David Jeremiah, another Christian broadcaster and pastor, also praised Dr. Stanley for his knowledge, faithfulness, and character.
Numerous pastors honored Dr. Stanley, including Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, Pastor Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas, and Dr. James Dobson, who described Dr. Stanley as a “lion of the faith.”
Dr. Charles Stanley is survived by his son, Andy Stanley; daughter, Becky Stanley Broderson; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and half-sister, Susie Cox.