Dr. Charles F. Stanley

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Charles Frazier Stanley Jr., born September 25, 1932, Dry Fork, Virginia


On Tuesday, April 18, 2023, In Touch Ministries announced that beloved pastor Dr. Charles Frazier Stanley had passed away at 7:30 a.m. that morning at age 90.


Charles F. “Charley” Stanley Sr., 1904–1933

Rebecca “Becca” Hardy Stanley, 1908–1992


Susie Cox, 1948


Charles Andrew “Andy” Stanley, 1958

Senior Pastor, North Point Community Church, Alpharetta, Georgia

Rebecca “Becky” Louise Stanley, 1961

Real Estate Agent, Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Dallas, Texas


1954: B.A. History, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

1957: B.A. Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas

1968: Th.M., Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, Georgia

1971: Th.D., Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, Georgia


1957: Pastor, Fruitland Baptist Church, Hendersonville, North Carolina

1957: Homiletics, preaching, and evangelism professor, Fruitland Bible Institute, Hendersonville, North Carolina

1959: Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fairborn, Ohio

1962: Pastor, First Baptist Church, Miami, Florida

1966: Founder, George Mueller Christian School, Miami, Florida

1968: Pastor, First Baptist Church, Bartow, Florida

1969: Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

1971: Pastor, First Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

1972: Host, “The Chapel Hour,” Atlanta, Georgia

1977: Founder and President, In Touch Ministries, Atlanta, Georgia

2020: Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

  Other Important Dates

1947: Called to ministry at age 14

1956: Ordained in Baptist ministry at Moffett Memorial Baptist Church, Danville, Virginia

1978: Partnered with Christian Broadcasting Network to take In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley program nationwide

1979: Establishes In Touch magazine as a newsletter

1985–1986: Served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention


1988: National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame

1989: Clergyman of the Year, Religious Heritage of America

1993: Television Producer of the Year, National Religious Broadcasters

1999: Radio Program of the Year, National Religious Broadcasters

  In Touch Ministries

The mission of In Touch Ministries (ITM) is to lead people worldwide into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and to strengthen the local church.


The vision of In Touch Ministries is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people in every country of the world. It is our desire to do this as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible to the glory of God and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Ministry Information
  • Dr. Stanley’s first program was called “The Chapel Hour.” His messages began airing in 1972 on Atlanta stations WXIA-TV 11 and WANX 46
  • In Touch Ministries was named in 1977 and was incorporated as a separate non-profit entity in 1982.
  • First radio station—KVMV-FM in McAllen, Texas—began to air In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley in 1980.
  • In 1979, the In Touch magazine began as a newsletter. Today, the devotional magazine is sent to 1 million subscribers monthly.
  • In Touch began expansion to international ministry in 1992.
  • In Touch broadcasts the first Spanish-language radio program, En Contacto, on U.S. airwaves in 1994.
  • In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley translated into its 100th language in 2006.
  • According to Nielsen, the In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley broadcast reaches 115 million homes domestically.
  • In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley is broadcast on more than 4,000 television, radio, and satellite networks and stations worldwide in more than 70 heart languages.
  • The dedication of In Touch Studios was on June 18, 2014.
  • More than 1 million Messenger devices have been distributed. The millionth Messenger was dedicated in March of 2019.
  • Dr. Stanley’s sermons have been translated into 127 heart languages.
  • Dr. Stanley has published more than 70 books, with more than 10 million sold.
Dr. Charles F. Stanley was the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta for more than fifty years. He was also the founder of In Touch Ministries and a New York Times best-selling author, who wrote more than seventy books encouraging people to seek Jesus as their Savior and know Him as their wise and loving Lord. Charles Frazier Stanley was born September 25, 1932, in the small town of Dry Fork, Virginia. The only child of Charley and Rebecca Stanley, Charles came into the world during a time when the entire nation felt the grip of the Great Depression. To make matters worse, just nine months later, his father Charley died at the young age of 29. However, Charles refused to let the Great Depression or the difficulties of his life define him. Through the excellent counsel and example of his godly mother, Rebecca, he learned to trust God and obey His Word wholeheartedly. At the age of fourteen, Dr. Stanley received a clear call to the ministry and—like his father and grandfather before him—he took up the mantle to preach the gospel to whomever would listen.
Dr. Stanley received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond in 1956. That same year, on August 19, Dr. Stanley was ordained to the ministry at Moffett Memorial Baptist Church in Danville, Virginia. From there, he pursued his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He later earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in Theology from Luther Rice Seminary. Dr. Stanley began pastoring in 1957 at Fruitland Baptist Church in North Carolina, where he also taught homiletics, preaching, and evangelism at the Fruitland Bible Institute. He went on to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church of Fairborn, Ohio, in 1959; First Baptist Church of Miami, Florida, in 1962, where he also founded the George Müeller Christian School in 1966; and First Baptist Church of Bartow, Florida, in 1968.
On October 1, 1971, Dr. Stanley became senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, where he served until September 2020, when he transitioned to the role of pastor emeritus. In 1972, he launched a half-hour program called “The Chapel Hour” on Atlanta stations WXIA-TV 11 and WANX 46. Looking for a practical Bible teaching program, the Christian Broadcasting Network contacted Dr. Stanley in 1978 to request that the program be included in its new venture—a satellite distribution network to cable systems. That broadcast grew from 16,000 local Atlanta viewers to a nationwide audience in one week. By 1982, In Touch Ministries was incorporated and began radio syndication. At its height, the “In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley” program reached almost every major market in the United States, broadcasting to more than 115 million households domestically with the message of Christ’s sufficiency for life’s demands. Dr. Stanley was inducted into the National Religious Broadcaster’s (NRB) Hall of Fame in 1988 and also served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (1984–1986).
However, a turning point for Dr. Stanley’s ministry came in August 1989, when he spoke in Kansas City, Missouri, for an ITM rally. He returned to his hotel room to seek God’s guidance on a matter, and, as he prayed, his mind kept returning to Psalm 67:2 (TLB), “Send us around the world with the news of Your saving power and your eternal plan for all mankind.” Dr. Stanley said, “When I was done praying, I got up and looked out the large window at the Coliseum where the rally was being held. Right next to it was a rooftop covered with satellite dishes and broadcast antennas. In that moment, God said to me, ‘That’s the way I’m going to do it. That is how I will use you to send the gospel around the world.’”
From that point on, Dr. Stanley tirelessly sought out and employed innovative technologies to send the message of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. At the time of his passing, the “In Touch” program was being broadcast on more than 4,000 television, radio, and satellite networks and stations worldwide, and his sermons had been translated into 127 heart languages. Throughout his life and ministry, Dr. Stanley demonstrated an intimate awareness of people’s needs and provided Christ-centered, biblically-based principles for everyday life. His motivation was best represented by the truth found in Acts 20:24 (TLB): “Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love.” Dr. Stanley always understood that it wasn’t by one’s strength or talent that people would find hope and salvation, but in Christ working through willing, obedient vessels. He said, “It is the Word of God and the work of God that changes people’s lives.” Certainly, the Lord worked powerfully through the obedient, submitted life of Dr. Charles Stanley.
Dr. Stanley became interested in photography as a hobby in January of 1962, during a mission trip with 17 other pastors to Haiti. At the time, he didn’t even own a camera and had to borrow his wife’s Kodak Retina IIa. But from those first black and white prints, he was absolutely enthralled by the experience. He said, “I felt as if I’d found a new way to serve and praise the Father.”
Dr. Stanley became an avid photographer and was blessed throughout his life to capture images from every continent in the world, including Antarctica. Dr. Stanley loved how each image told a story of the Lord’s wisdom, splendor, and sovereignty in every part of His creation and he frequently spoke about how the Lord communicates with us through His handiwork if we will be still and listen.