Charles Stanley | Biography 2021
Charles Stanley | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name Charles Stanley
  • Occupation Pastor, Author
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Virginia, USA
  • Born Year And Birthday September 25, 1932

Charles Stanley | Biography 2021

Charles Stanley is an American pastor, founder of In Touch Ministries, who took Christianity nationwide and across the world through media by radio and television shows and books and magazines.


Quick Information
  • Full Name Charles Stanley
  • Occupation Pastor, Author
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Virginia, USA
  • Birth Date September 25, 1932

Charles Stanley is an American pastor, founder of In Touch Ministries, who took Christianity nationwide and across the world through media by radio and television shows and books and magazines.   

Who is Charles Stanley?

Charles Stanley, also known as Dr. Stanley, is Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church of Atlanta. He is a Christian minister who has contributed more to the development of Christianity in America.

Dr. Stanley initially sensed the call to preach when he was 14 years old. He later went on to study pastor and got ordained in 1956. He then started conducting a half-hour-long preach on Jesus Christ through a television broadcast called ‘The Chapel Hour’ in the Atlanta region.  

The broadcast achieved immense success, and his show aired nationwide, after which he established a foundation called ‘In Hour’. Through the foundation, he published magazines, broadcasted on radio, television, etc. on Christianity, and became an international messenger of Christianity.

Dr. Stanley’s team reached many countries in times of need and provided comfort to thousands of believers. For his generous contribution, Stanley was honored in the National Religious Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the ‘Clergyman of the Year’ by the Religious Heritage of America. In Touch was awarded the NRB Television Producer of the Year and Radio Program of the Year.

Early Bio

Charles Frazier Stanley was born on September 25, 1932, to Charley Stanley and Rebecca Stanley in Dry Fork, Virginia. His father died when he was very young. At the time of grief, he found solace in the warmth of God. Stanley was raised by his mother and grandfather, who influenced him to trust in God and faith. 

In 1947, when he was 14, Stanley sensed the call to preach and felt the desire to follow the faith as a Christian Minister. He graduated high school from George Washington High School. In 1956, Stanley completed his degree in Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Richmond, Virginia. The same year, he got ordained by the Baptist Ministry. In 1957, he graduated from the Southwestern Theological Seminary, Texas, with a Bachelor's degree in Divinity. In the same year, he began his journey as a pastor at the Fruitland Baptist Church, North Carolina. Later in 1968, he received Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees from Luther Rice Seminary, Georgia, and became the first Baptist of Atlanta.

Before In Touch

By 1971, Stanley had become the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia. In 1971, he launched a half-hour television program called ‘The Chapel Hour’ on the Atlanta area television station. In 1978, the Christian Broadcasting Network incorporated Dr. Stanley’s program into their new venture, distributing a Bible Teaching Program via the satellite network cable system. After that incorporation, within a week, his broadcast was nationalized for nationwide viewers.

In Touch and After

After the immense success of The Chapel Hour, in 1977, Dr. Stanley established In Touch, a foundation he named after the living bible he owned at that moment. In 1979, the foundation started publishing its working newsletter ‘In Touch Magazine’. In 1982, Stanley founded ‘In Touch Ministries’, with a mission, "to lead people worldwide into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and to strengthen the local church."

However, the ideas and thoughts for In Touch programs have been underway since 1980. One among the programs was featuring ‘the message of Christ’s sufficiency for life’s demands, which became so popular that it is heard by more than 1800 radio and television stations across the country. Reaching more than one million households, his messages spread throughout the nation soon after its first broadcast. The broadcast peaked its success when it spread beyond nations and got translated to more than 50 languages. In due time, In Touch received many awards for its generous contribution to Christianity through In Touch Magazine, DVDs, CDs, books, pamphlets, and other materials. 

Following In Touch’s notable success, Dr. Stanley joined the National Religious Broadcaster (NRB) board of directors in 1982. He served as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention for two terms from 1984 to 1986. By 1988, he was recognized on the NRB’s Hall of Fame, honoring his prominent contribution to the realm of Christianity from his radio and television broadcasts.

In 1989, he was named the ‘Clergyman of the Year’ by the Religious Heritage of America for his excellence in propagating the Judeo-Christian principles in America. Then, in 1993 the program In Touch was awarded the NRB Television Producer of the Year and in 1999 the NRB’s Radio Program of the Year.

In Touch progressed further it launched its online platform in 1986 and In Touch Messenger in 2000. Soon, the foundation reached international listeners. Among its missions, the crucial one is when the In Touch members reached out to the US military during the Congo Civil War when they were defending freedom in Somalia.

Thanking the missionary, one of the national Floribert Bayongwa wrote, “Thank you for your [In Touch] support in order to spread the gospel through the distribution of the International In Touch Messenger in our country. As you would like to know we are well but busy. So far, we are about to finish the distribution process. At this moment, sixty-one Messengers have been distributed (on an individual basis and free of charge) as 40 messengers for women who have been victims of rape and who are receiving medical treatment in Bukavu; 10 messengers for new believers in Kabare village (Mont Sinai local church); 11 messengers for new believers in Walungu territory(Carmel local church). For each location, we are spending four days explaining how to operate the unit because this is the first time for most of them to receive this kind of Messenger."

In 2020, at the age of 87, after 52 years of serving as the senior pastor to the First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Dr. Stanley stepped down from his position and was instated as pastor emeritus.

Announcing that he would continue to work with the In Touch foundation, Dr. Stanley said, “Earlier this month, I informed the board that I felt the time had come for me to step down as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta to become pastor emeritus… to say, I didn’t rush this decision would certainly be an understatement and I love all that God has done through our partnership together. I know in my heart this season has come to an end.”

Books

Alongside his duties to the congregation and In Touch foundation, Dr. Stanley has authored more than 35 books and is one of the New York Times best-selling authors. Some of them were, 'How to Keep Your Kids On Your Team' (1986), 'A Man's Touch' (1992), 'Handle With Prayer' (1992), 'The Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life' (1995), 'The Blessing of Brokenness' (1997), 'Into His Presence' (2000), 'Handbook for Christian Living' (2000), 'How to Listen to God' (2002), 'Eternal Security' (2002), 'The Gift of Forgiveness' (2002), 'How to Handle Adversity' (2002), 'Success God's Way' (2002), 'God Is in Control' (2003), 'When Tragedy Strikes' (2004), 'The Source of My Strength' (2005), 'When the Enemy Strikes' (2006), 'Landmines in the Path of the Believer' (2008), 'Living the Extraordinary Life' (2008), 'In Step with God' (2008), 'How to Let God Solve Your Problems' (2008), and 'God Has a Plan for Your Life' (2008).

In 2021, as per Thomas Nelson Publishing, Dr. Stanley sold more than 6.5 million copies of his books.

Personal Life

Dr. Stanley is very passionate about photography. In Touch foundation also featured his 2007 collection. He was married to Anne Stanley, but Anne filed for divorce in 2000.

Although the reason behind the divorce was kept private, Dr. Stanley, in his book 'How to Handle Adversity' in 1991, mentioned his marriage problems with his wife, “In 1970 we moved to Atlanta, and I got too busy. I became married to the ministry and began to neglect my family. It took me several years to see how I was at fault and to put things back in order. Anna experienced a great deal of hurt and rejection during that time. There were moments when I was not sure either of us could go on.”

He suffered great pain after his divorce. Mentioning that he had leaned to God at those times, he said, “When she decided to leave me, I decided to say, ‘Okay, God, I’ve done what you told me to do. I’ve been obedient to you. Now I’m going to trust you.’ And I remember when I got the call from her attorney that she was suing me for divorce, and he asked me where to send the papers and I told him—and then when I hung up, I remember exactly what I felt. I remember saying, ‘God, you’ve been with me through every circumstance. You’re going to see me through this one.’ I knew he would.”

Dr. Stanley and Anne Stanley had two children, Andy Stanley and Becky Stanley. Andy went on to find his ministry, North Point Ministries, one of the largest in the nation.

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