Charles Stanley Biography
Charles Stanley is an American Pastor/Host/Author serving as Pastor Emeritus at First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to this role, he had served as a senior pastor for about 49 years. Asides from this, he is the founder of In Touch Ministries, which widely broadcasts his sermons through television and radio.
Charles Stanley Age
Stanley was born on September 25, 1932, in Dry Fork, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States.
Charles Stanley Height
Stanley stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Facts About Charles Stanley
- Full Name: Charles Stanley
- Popular As: Charles
- Occupation: Pastor/Host/Author
- Age: 90 years old as of 2022
- Birthday: September 25
- Height: 5 ft 8 inches
- Weight: Not Available
- Parents: Not Available
- Siblings: Not Available
- Husband: Anna J. Stanley
- Children: Not Available
- Net Worth: $1 Million – $5 Million
Charles Stanley Family
Stanley was born in Dry Fork, Pittsylvania County, Virginia to his loving and caring parents, Charles who died just nine months after his birth. He was raised in rural Dry Fork on the outskirts of Danville. When he was around 12 years old, he became a born-again Christian and at the age of 14, he began his life’s work in Christian ministry.
Stanley credits his grandfather, George Washington Stanley, with inspiring one of his most referenced principles: “Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.” In Stanley’s book Courageous Faith: My Story from Life of Obedience, he stated that his grandfather told him that if God tells one to run their head through a brick wall, one should head for the wall as when he gets there, God will make a hole for it.
Charles Stanley Wife
Stanley was previously married to his wife, Anna J. Stanley. The two had been in marriage for more than 40 years. He, however, manages to keep more information regarding his dating life away from the public. We will update this information once more information is available to the public.
Charles Stanley Divorce
His wife, unfortunately, filed for divorce on the 22nd of June 1993 after their separation in the spring of 1992. The duo agreed that Anna would amend the lawsuit to seek a legal separation instead of “separate maintenance” while seeking reconciliation.
Later on, on the 20th of March 1995, he again filed for a divorce. Despite this not being the end of the marriage, the Moody Radio Network station in Atlanta(then-WAFS) took Stanley’s daily broadcast off the air during that time. This was as managers concluded that there was no sign of reconciliation. The Stanleys were legally separated when the divorce papers were filed for the last time on the 16th of February 2000. A judge signed the final divorce on the 11th of May 2000.
This divorce caused a minor controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention. This matter was complicated by reports that Stanley had said he would resign as a pastor if he became divorced. During the time of their separation, he stated that he did not believe that it would result in divorce. He stated that when it did, the members of his church overwhelmingly voted to keep him on as pastor.
According to First Baptist Atlanta’s bylaws, he was allowed to remain as pastor as long as he did not remarry. Anna J. Stanley died on the 10th of November 2014. Together with his wife, the duo are proud parents to their daughter named Becky who Stanley has occasionally mentioned in his sermons, and their son named Andy. Andy is the pastor of North Point Community Church in nearby Alpharetta, Georgia.
Charles Stanley’s Net Worth
Stanley has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a Pastor/Host/Author.
Charles Stanley Education
Stanley obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has also received a Master of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary in Florida (now located in Lithonia, Georgia).
Charles Stanley Career
Stanley pastors at First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia where he serves as the Pastor Emeritus. Previously, he served two one-year terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. This was between the years 1984 and 1986.
Asides from his role as a pastor, he has also worked on television where he has hosted a number of programs. He has served as a host for The Chapel Hour Host in 1972. Stanley also worked as a host for The Breakfast Club between 1983 and 1985.
Asides from this, he also serves as an avid photographer. Most of Stanley’s photographic work is featured in the In Touch magazine. His work has also been featured in other materials printed by the ministry such as the In Tocu wall and desk calendars.
Charles has also hosted In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley where he has been hosting a program since 1990. Asides from hosting, he made guest appearances on TBN’s Praise the Lord in 2002. He also appeared on the 19 Kids and Counting Episode: “Donating Duggars” in 2011. This is in addition to making a guest appearance on Monica’s Closeups in 2012.
He has been privileged to receive a number of awards which include the National Religious Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 1988. Stanley was named Clergyman of the Year by Religious Heritage of America in 1989. He was also named In Touch with Television Producer of the Year by NRB in the year 1989. Later on, In Touch was named Radio Program of the Year in 1999. The year 2017 saw Thomas Nelson Publishing recognize him for selling more than 3.5 million copies of his books.
Charles Stanley Ministry
Stanley first joined the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in the year 19969 and was made senior pastor in the year 1971. The year 1972 saw him launch a half-hour religious television program titled, The Chapel Hour. Later on, in 1977, he founded In Touch Ministries with the mission to lead people worldwide into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and strengthen the local church.
The year 1978 saw The Christian Broadcasting Network(CBN) begin televising In Touch. This show has been translated into 50 languages. Back in the United States, In Touch is broadcast on approximately 500 radio stations, 300 television stations, and several satellite networks. This includes Trinity Broadcast Network, and The Inspiration Network(INSP).
His sermons, along with the audio ad video programming, are available on the In Touch website. The ministry also publishes In Touch Magazine. The program uses tools such as television, radio, digital media, and magazines to advance the Gospel as quickly as possible. He took the ministry name In Touch from a Living Bible that he owned.
His writings and broadcasts address issues such as parenting, finances, personal crises, Protestantism, relationships, and emotional matters. According to the In Touch Website, Doctor Charles believes the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God, a belief strongly reflected in his teaching.
The year 1985 saw him being elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Later on, in 2005, he invited Lisa Ryan to co-host a question-and-answer segment titled “Bring It Home.” The program aired after his on-air sermon a segment that intended to help the audience better grasp the content of the sermon through questions the average listener might ask. His participation ended in late 2006, the segment continuing with Stanley alone. Earlier in 2007, he began using the final segment of the In Touch TV and radio programs to teach his “30 Life Principles.”
The year 2017 saw him name Anthony George to succeed him as senior pastor of First Baptist Church at some point in the future. The 13th of September 2020 saw him announce his retirement as senior pastor and transition to pastor emeritus. He also made it very clear that he doesn’t believe in retirement so he will be continuing to work at In Touch Ministries.
Charles Stanley Influences and Theology
Stanley is evangelical in regard to theology and is a dispensationalist in terms of eschatology (end times) views. In the course of his ministry, he has developed “30 Life Principles,” which have guided his life and helped him grow in his knowledge love of God, and service. These are principles that he shares often including in books, and Bible study guides.
He addressed his influences and philosophy when he wrote in the year 2009 that he had begun to apply the principles of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich to his endeavours as a pastor. Stanley stated that he discovered they worked. He states that for years he has read it every year to remind himself the truth of God is not just for one career field. Stanley states that it is for all manner of work and ministry.
Charles Stanley Books
In the course of his career, he has written many books which include;
- 1999: A Touch of His Power: Meditations on God’s Awesome Power
- 2000: Success God’s Way
- 2000: Into His Presence: An In Touch Devotional
- 2001: The Gift of Love
- 2001: Our Unmet Needs
- 2002: Walking Wisely
- 2002: Winning the War Within
- 2003: Finding Peace 2003: God Is in Control
- 2008: In Step with God 2008: Stuck in Reverse
- 2008: The Power of God’s Love: A 31-Day Devotional to Encounter the Father’s Greatest Gift
- 2008: When Your Children Hurt
- 2010: How to Reach Your Full Potential for God
- 2016: Courageous Faith: My Story from a Life of Obedience
- 2017: Finding God’s Blessings in Brokenness: How Pain Reveals His Deepest Love
- 2017: Standing Strong: How to Storm-Proof Your Life with God’s Timeless Truths