Pastor Charles Stanley Dead at 90

Long time Southern Baptist pastor and former SBC president Charles Stanley has passed away at age 90, according to In Touch Ministries.

According to the obituary posted at

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. Known to audiences around the world through his wide-reaching TV and radio broadcasts, Stanley modeled his 65 years of ministry after the apostle Paul’s message in Acts 20:24: “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.”

Stanley’s contribution to the Southern Baptist Convention and mainstream evangelicalism cannot be overstated (he was a founding member of the Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition), as he played an outsized role in the “conservative resurgence” of the 1980s and was a pioneer in “broadcast ministry” with his 1972-launched program The Chapel Hour, later renamed In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley on the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Stanley served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta from 1970 to 2020, after which he served as “pastor emeritus” until his passing. According to the official statement:

Stanley is survived by his son Andy Stanley, founding and senior pastor of North Point Ministries; daughter Becky Stanley Broderson; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and half-sister Susie Cox. His former wife, Anna Johnson Stanley, preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to In Touch Ministries.

8 thoughts on “Pastor Charles Stanley Dead at 90

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  2. I received a mailer from Stanley’s ministry over a decade ago claiming their ministry saved an entire village in Africa. I emailed them and asked what was the name of the village and a few other details and never heard back.
    I wonder why?

  3. While not my go-to TV preacher, I never had any qualms with Dr. Stanley’s Christ-centered teaching. Still not sure what happened to his son, though…

  4. After growing up in Atlanta, all I remember about Stanley was him being a part of the destruction of the Southern Baptist Convention. Telling divorced men they were unfit for ministry, but when it came to his own divorce, he changed the rules.

  5. He shouldn’t have divorced his wife. He was disqualified from ministry based on Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3

    1. His wife left him. Though one could comment on the quality of his husbandry, you need to get your story straight.

  6. More like ‘Dr. Stanley’s legacy is tarnished by weak son Andy who continues his slide toward apostasy’

    1. Have you confronted Andy Stanley personally regarding his slide into apostasy or are you just tarnishing his sterling reputation publicly before hearing his defence of his “gospel”?

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