The world recently faced the loss of a prominent figure in the Christian community. Dr. Charles Stanley, a well-known pastor, writer, and Christian broadcaster, passed away at the age of 90. Throughout his life, he achieved many great things that continue to be celebrated.
Dr. Stanley dedicated 65 years of his life to ministry, sharing the teachings of Jesus Christ with others. He served as the leader of First Baptist Church Atlanta for half a century, only stepping down in 2020. Under his guidance, the church became incredibly diverse, boasting members from 98 different countries, making it one of the most ethnically varied congregations globally.
Dr. Charles Stanley’s legacy continues through his son, Andy Stanley, who is the founder and senior pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia.
In 1977, Dr. Stanley established In Touch Ministries with the goal of sharing the teachings of the Bible through various media channels. He was instrumental in creating radio and television programs that spread the gospel message. In Touch Ministries honored Dr. Stanley with a heartfelt tribute, stating that their beloved pastor had been called to heaven and was now experiencing the joy of meeting his Savior. They requested prayers for the Stanley family during this difficult time.
CBN Founder and Regent University Chancellor Pat Robertson expressed his sorrow over Dr. Stanley’s passing, acknowledging the late pastor’s worldwide influence as a great man of God and an exceptional Bible teacher. While believers understand the joy of a faithful servant returning home, it does not diminish their grief.
Dr. Stanley had a remarkable life, earning recognition as both a Christian broadcaster and a prolific author. He wrote over 70 books, selling 10 million copies throughout his lifetime. His most recent book was published in 2023, showcasing his continued dedication to sharing his faith and wisdom.
The “In Touch” program, founded by Dr. Stanley, has had an extensive reach, airing on more than 4,000 television, radio, and satellite networks and stations across the globe. The program’s sermons have been translated into over 120 languages, demonstrating its wide impact.
Johnnie Moore, president of the Congress of Christian Leaders, shared his personal memories of Dr. Stanley on Twitter, recalling how his grandmother was an avid viewer of his sermons. Dr. Stanley’s teachings touched the lives of millions of people like Moore’s grandmother. The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), a leading group of Christian communicators, also expressed their sadness at his passing.
NRB President & CEO Troy A. Miller acknowledged Dr. Stanley’s enduring legacy in Gospel ministry and Christian broadcasting. As a dedicated NRB member and supporter, Dr. Stanley’s passing leaves a void. While mourning his loss, Miller expressed comfort in knowing that Dr. Stanley is now with his Lord and Savior. He extended condolences and prayers to the Stanley family.
Following the announcement of Dr. Stanley’s passing, numerous tributes and memories were shared on social media, reflecting the many lives he touched. Dr. Stanley was predeceased by his former wife, Anna Stanley, whom he divorced in 2000. She passed away in November 2014.
Dr. Charles Stanley and Anna Stanley are survived by their son, Andy Stanley; daughter, Becky Stanley Broderson; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and half-sister, Susie Cox.
While coping with the loss of a loved one is never simple, Dr. Stanley’s enduring legacy offers some solace. We encourage everyone to extend their thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Dr. Charles Stanley during this difficult time.