Dr. Charles Stanley, Author, Broadcaster and Pastor, Dies at 90

By The Stream Published on April 18, 2023

Dr. Charles F. Stanley, senior pastor at First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries died at home Tuesday at 90 years old, according to FOX5 News in Atlanta. 

Stanley was born in Dry Fork, Virginia, in 1932. According to FOX5, Stanley founded In Touch Ministries in 1977 to “get the truth of the Gospel to as many people as possible.” As of Tuesday, Stanley’s sermons are heard in every nation through radio, shortwave, or television broadcasts.

Stanley’s two children, Becky and Andy, survived him. Andy is the founder and senior pastor of Northpoint Ministries. Stanley was a role model for pastors, said Andy. “Not just how to preach or how to build a church, but how to get to a finish line with integrity and to be able to look back and be proud of everything that came before, and unfortunately that’s increasingly rare.”

Stanley’s wife, Anna Stanley, preceded him in death in 2000. 

“Charles Stanley was one of my spiritual heroes. He was also a great part of the move of God and the necessary, principled approach to save the future of freedom by being an encourager to President Reagan,” said James Robison, founder of The Stream and LIFE Outreach International. “We will miss you, and many of us will likely see you soon.”

A statement on Stanley’s In Touch website said, “We are saddened to share that our beloved pastor, Dr. Charles Stanley, has passed away. We are forever indebted to him for his godly example, biblical teaching, and devotion to the gospel. Please join us in prayer for the Stanley family.”

In Touch ministries also posted a tweet. “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.”

We join in praying for Dr. Stanley’s family and ministries.

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