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Dr. Charles F. Stanley


We all have questions we would like answered, and Dr. Charles Stanley provides the practical biblical truths that can help us weather the challenges we face.

Dr. Charles F. Stanley
is senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta, founder of In Touch Ministries, and a New York Times best-selling author. He demonstrates a keen awareness of people's needs and provides Christ-centered biblically based principles for everyday life.

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. Instead, like his father and grandfather before him, he clung to God’s Word and took up the mantle to preach the gospel to whoever would listen.

Dr. Stanley’s motivation is best represented by the truth found 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.” This is because, as he says, “It is the Word of God and the work of God that changes people’s lives.”



1932—Charles Frazier Stanley is born in Dry Fork, Virginia, son of Charley and Rebecca Stanley.

1947—At 14, Charles is called into the ministry to preach.

1956—Charles earns a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

1956—Rev. Stanley is ordained to the ministry at Moffett Memorial Baptist Church in Danville, Virginia.

1957—Rev. Stanley earns a bachelor of divinity degree at Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

1957—Rev. Stanley begins first pastorate at Fruitland Baptist Church in North Carolina and begins teaching at Fruitland Bible Institute.

1968—Rev. Stanley receives his master of theology from Luther Rice Seminary.

1971—Dr. Stanley earns his doctorate of theology from Luther Rice Seminary.

1971—Dr. Stanley becomes the sixteenth pastor of First Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia.

1972—Dr. Stanley launches a half-hour program called “The Chapel Hour.”

The Story Continues—


A New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Stanley has written more than 50 books, and has sold more than 9 million copies. Titles include:

Finding Peace

How to Reach Your Full Potential for God

I Lift Up My Soul

In Step with God

Landmines in the Path of the Believer

Handle With Prayer

How to Listen To God

The Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life

The Source of My Strength

How to Handle Adversity

Success God's Way

Surviving in an Angry World

Turning the Tide

The Ultimate Conversation


Dr. Stanley's heart's desire is to get the gospel to "as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God."

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