Charles Stanley is an American televangelist and a pastor who serves as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta. In 1982, he founded the In Touch Ministries and continued to serve as its president since then. Stanley has served as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention for two years from 1984 to 1986. He is a theologian who has written more than twenty books so far. Continue reading to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Charles Stanley in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Charles Frazier Stanley was born to Rebecca and Charley on September 25, 1932, in Dry Fork, Pittsylvania County, Virginia. His father died when Charles was nine months old, and his mother raised him in the outskirts of Danville.
Charles says that he became a born-again Christian when he was 12 years old and started working in Christian Ministry when he was 14. He later completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Richmond and a Masters in divinity at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Stanley has also done Th.M and Th.D in Theology at the Luther Rice Seminary.
Charles Stanley married his wife Anna Stanley in 1958, and the couple is blessed with a son Andy Stanley and a daughter Becky Stanley. Anna filed a divorce from Stanley for the first time in June 1993, but there was no progress with the filing. She again filed a divorce in 1995, and once again her divorce proposal was not finalized.
In February 2000, the couple filed divorce papers once again, and their separation was legalized in May 2000. Charles’ son Andy Stanley is the pastor of North Point Community Church and also the founder of the North Point Ministries.
Career, Awards & Nominations
In 1969, Stanley joined the First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia as a staff and became the church’s senior pastor in 1971. Stanley says that the book Think and Grow Rich has a great influence on him and he used to read it every year which helped him a lot in his life. He launched the show The Chapel Hour in 1972, and it was aired on the CBN in 1978.
In 1982, Stanley founded the In Touch Ministries which used platforms like radio, television, digital media and magazines to the Gospel. Stanley became more popular through his show In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley which he launched in 1978. Presently, the show airs in over 50 languages worldwide being broadcast on over 500 radio and 300 TV stations.
He developed his own 30 Life Principles and promoted it on the final segment of In Touch in 2007. Charles was inducted into the National Religious Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in the year 1988 and was named as the Clergyman of the Year in 1989 by the Religious Heritage of America. His show In Touch was awarded the Television Producer of the year in 1989 by the NRB, and in 1999 it was named the Radio Program of the Year. Stanley has written more than 40 books so far with more than 3.5 million copies sold.
Net Worth & Earnings
His In Touch Ministries did charity works for around $58 million until 2008 according to the Forbes.com. His successful career as a president of a Ministry, a TV host, and as an author who has managed to sell 3.5 million copies of his works have earned him a net worth of $2 million.
Charles Stanley is one of the prominent figures in the Christian community not only in the U.S. but also around the world. The widespread of “In Touch” is a clean example for his popularity as a Christian evangelist worldwide.