Nobody can escape the fact that death is a part of life. Finding out about someone’s passing is never simple. At the age of 90, Dr. Charles Stanley passed away, leaving behind a legacy of remarkable accomplishments that are still worth celebrating.
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Dr. Charles Stanley was a well-known pastor, writer, and broadcaster for Christianity. At the age of 90, he died away on Tuesday morning, April 18. Trying to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through his Bible-teaching ministry, Dr. Stanley devoted 65 years of his life to the ministry.
He served as the First Baptist Church Atlanta’s pastor for 50 years before retiring in 2020. The Atlanta church is presently the most ethnically diverse congregation in the world, with members from 98 different countries of origin.
Additionally founding the North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, where he serves as senior pastor, is his son, Andy Stanley.
In Touch Ministries paid tribute to the late Dr. Stanley with the following statement: “In Touch Family, God called our dear pastor, Dr. Charles Stanley, home to heaven this morning. Dr. Stanley led an obedient life and is already experiencing the delight of his soul—getting to see his Savior in person. Help us in praying for the Stanley family by joining us.
Pat Robertson, the founder of CBN and chancellor of Regent University, also expressed his sorrow at the late doctor’s departure, saying, “I unite with thousands of friends of Charles Stanley to grieve his passing. He was a great Christian and an excellent Bible teacher, and he had a global impact. Those of us who are familiar with Jesus do not lament the return of one of his saints, but this does not lessen the sadness in our hearts.
Dr. Stanle became well-known as a writer and a Christian broadcaster over his nine decades on the planet. His more than 70 books—the most recent of which was released in 2023—sold 10 million copies.
While more than 4,000 television, radio, and satellite networks and stations around the world carry the “In Touch” show. Over 120 languages have been used to translate the sermons from the program.
The late Dr. Stanley was also mentioned on Twitter by Reverend Johnnie Moore, head of the Congress of Christian Leaders. He wrote: “Some of my own earliest recollections are of being in my grandmother’s house, and she would always have Charles Stanley on television. She probably watched every single one of his sermons twice, just like countless other people.
The nation’s top Christian communicators, the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), expressed their sorrow at his demise.
In Touch Ministries was established by Dr. Stanley in 1977 with the purpose of using broadcast medium to share the gospel. He created the first gospel-propagating radio and television shows.
“Dr. Stanley leaves behind a lasting legacy as a torch-bearer and trailblazer of Gospel ministry and Christian broadcasting,” said Troy A. Miller, President & CEO of the NRB. “We were fortunate to have such a devoted servant of the Lord as a long-time NRB member, as well as a devoted supporter and motivator of NRB’s work. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dr. Stanley. It brings us delight to know that he is with his Lord and Savior even though we lament his passing from this life.
As soon as the news of Dr. Stanley’s passing reached the public, hundreds, if not thousands, of tributes and remembrances of him appeared on social media. His ex-wife Anna Stanley, with whom he split in 2000, preceded him in death. Her demise occurred in November 2014.
Son Andy Stanley, daughter Becky Stanley Broderson, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and half-sister Susie Cox survive them both.
Although accepting death is never simple, we hope that people will take solace in the fact that his legacy will endure. Please join us in sending prayers and good thoughts to Dr. Charles Stanley’s family.