Charles F. Stanley, the renowned pastor and founder of In Touch Ministries, passed away on April 18, 2023, at the age of 90. His death was announced by his son, Andy Stanley, who is also a pastor and leads the North Point Community Church. The cause of Charles Stanley’s death has not been revealed, but some sources suggest that he died of natural causes at his home in Atlanta. In this article, we will look at the life and legacy of Charles Stanley, and how he influenced millions of people with his evangelical teachings.
A Long and Fruitful Ministry
Charles Stanley was born on September 25, 1932, in Dry Fork, Virginia. He became a Christian at the age of 12 and felt called to preach at the age of 14. He graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in theology. He also earned a doctorate in theology from Luther Rice Seminary.
He joined the First Baptist Church Atlanta in 1969 as an associate pastor and became the senior pastor in 1971. He led the church for over 50 years, until he stepped down in 2020. Under his leadership, the church grew from 5,000 members to around 15,000 members. He also founded In Touch Ministries in 1972, which broadcasts his daily sermons on television, radio, and online platforms to millions of viewers around the world. He authored more than 60 books and received numerous awards and honors for his ministry.
A Passion for God’s Word
Charles Stanley was known for his clear and practical exposition of the Bible. He believed that the Bible is the inspired and infallible word of God, and that it is relevant and applicable to every aspect of life. He often said that his goal was to “make the Bible clear” to his listeners. He taught that God has a plan and a purpose for every person, and that obedience to God’s will is the key to success and happiness. He also emphasized the importance of prayer, faith, grace, and love as essential elements of Christian living.
He faced many challenges and difficulties in his personal and professional life, such as divorce, criticism, controversy, and health issues. However, he always trusted God and relied on His promises. He testified that God had been faithful and gracious to him throughout his life. He encouraged his followers to do the same and to seek God’s guidance in every situation.
A Legacy That Lives On
Charles Stanley’s death has left a void in the hearts of many people who admired and respected him. His family, friends, colleagues, and church members have expressed their sorrow and gratitude for his life and ministry. His son, Andy Stanley, said that his father’s last words to him were: “I couldn’t be prouder of you Andy”. He also said that he will miss him every day until he sees him again in heaven.
Charles Stanley’s influence will continue to live on through his books, sermons, and ministry. His teachings have inspired countless people to grow in their relationship with God and to serve Him faithfully. His example has shown what it means to be a man of God who loves God and loves people. He will be remembered as one of the most influential pastors of his generation and a faithful servant of the Lord.