Charles Stanley, a well-known televangelist and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 90 in his Atlanta home, according to In Touch Ministries. The reason for de@th was not disclosed.
Stanley, a native of the small Virginia town of Dry Fork, served as senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta for 50 years. After he took over as pastor in 1971, the church expanded quickly.
In 1997, it relocated from central Atlanta to campus in the suburbs to accommodate a burgeoning congregation in the expansive metropolis.
“We are forever grateful for his enduring legacy of faithful leadership and spiritual guidance,” the church said in a social media post. But his greatest fame came from his role in hosting “In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley,” a Christian teaching program that began airing on the newborn Christian Broadcasting Network in 1978.
The result was the founding a different nonprofit organization called In Touch Ministries, which used radio and television to broadcast Stanley’s messages across the country and the world.
Even solar-powered audio players with the Bible, some of Stanley’s sermons, and other content were developed and available in over 100 languages. Additionally, Stanley published around 40 novels.
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In 2020, when Stanley resigned as senior pastor of First Baptist, he stated that he had no intention of ceasing to preach and would instead devote his time to In Touch Ministries.
“I’ll continue to preach the gospel as long as God allows, and my goal remains the same: to get the truth of the gospel to as many people as possible as quickly as possible in the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God,” Stanley said in a video message to the church when he took on the title of pastor emeritus.
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