Dr. Charles Stanley, the founder and president of In Touch Ministries and the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at his home. He was 90 years old. His death was announced by In Touch Ministries in a statement that said, “In Touch Family, this morning, God called our beloved pastor, Dr. Charles Stanley, home to heaven. Dr. Stanley lived a life of obedience and is now receiving the joy of his soul-seeing his Savior face-to-face. Please join us in praying for the Stanley family.” according to MSN
A Life of Faith and Service
Dr. Charles Stanley was born on September 25, 1932, in Dry Fork, Virginia. His father died when he was nine months old, and he grew up with his mother and siblings in various places. He became a Christian at the age of 12 and felt called to ministry at the age of 14. He graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1956 and then studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. He also obtained a Master of Theology and a Doctorate of Theology degree from Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida. according to Wikipedia
He joined the staff of First Baptist Church of Atlanta in 1969 and became the senior pastor in 1971. He served in that role for 49 years until he retired in 2020 and became pastor emeritus. He was also the founder and president of In Touch Ministries, which broadcasts his sermons and other programs through radio, television, and digital media in more than 50 languages worldwide. He also wrote over 50 books on various topics related to Christian faith and life. He was one of the founding members of the Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition, two influential conservative political organizations in the United States. He also served as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1984 to 1986. according to Wikipedia
A Legacy of Love and Grace
Dr. Charles Stanley was known for his clear and practical teaching of the Bible and his emphasis on obedience to God’s will. He often said that his life’s goal was to “obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.” He also taught that God’s love and grace are sufficient for every situation and that God has a plan and a purpose for every person’s life. He encouraged his listeners and readers to trust God in all circumstances and to seek His guidance through prayer and His Word.
He was also known for his humility and generosity. He donated all the royalties from his books to In Touch Ministries and supported various charitable causes. He also mentored many young pastors and leaders who followed his example of faithfulness and service.
He is survived by his daughter Becky Stanley Brodersen, his son Andy Stanley (who is also a pastor), and six grandchildren. His ex-wife Anna Stanley died in 2014.
A Celebration of His Life
Dr. Charles Stanley’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. The service will be private and only open to his family and close friends. However, anyone who wishes to pay their respects can visit the church on Friday, April 28, between 10 am and 4 pm, where his body will be lying in state.
His ministry has also set up a memorial page on its website where people can share their memories and condolences.
Dr. Charles Stanley will be greatly missed by millions of people who were touched by his ministry and his message. He leaves behind a legacy of love, grace, and obedience that will continue to inspire generations to come.