GEORGIA Dr. Charles F. Stanley, pastor of the First Baptist Church
of Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, demonstrates a keen awareness
of peoples needs by providing practical biblical truths for everyday
life. Modeling his ministry after the apostle Pauls message to
the Ephesians, Dr. Stanley believes that:
. . . Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned
me by the Lord Jesusthe work of telling others the Good News about
Gods mighty kindness and love" (Acts 20:24 LB).
Stanleys earliest childhood memories are of Gods support
during the difficult circumstances following the death of his father.
Through the counsel and example of his godly mother and grandfather,
he learned to trust and obey Gods Word. At the age of fourteen,
Dr. Stanley received a clear call to the ministry, which later led him
to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond in
Richmond, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Southwestern
Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He then earned the degrees
of Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology from Luther Rice Seminary
in Atlanta. Always practical, Dr. Stanley often says, "I feel I cannot
honestly tell you how to believe Bible truths, and put these truths
to work in your life, until I have first let God work them into my own
1971, Dr. Stanley became Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of
Atlanta, Georgia. In 1972, a half-hour program was launched on an Atlanta-area
television station. Looking for a practical Bible teaching program,
the Christian Broadcasting Network contacted Dr. Stanley in 1978 to
request the program inclusion on its new venture, a satellite distribution
network to cable systems. At no cost to First Baptist Church, the broadcast
grew from 16,000 local Atlanta viewers to a nationwide audience in one
week. By 1982, In Touch Ministries was incorporated and began radio
syndication. The IN TOUCH program penetrated almost every major market
in the United States during the 1980s, reaching more than one
million households with the message of Christs sufficiency for
the IN TOUCH program can be heard in every nation on earth via radio,
short wave, or television broadcasts. In the United States, the IN TOUCH
television program is seen on 204 stations and 7 satellite networks.
The IN TOUCH radio program is heard on 458 stations and via short wave
radio. The ministry continues to produce audio- and videotapes, pamphlets,
books, and an award winning daily devotional magazine, In Touch.
Stanleys messages tackle such issues as parenting, finances, personal
crises, emotions, and relationships. Instructional teaching for personal
spiritual growth focuses on prayer, the character of God, fellowship
through the Holy Spirit, and the Person of Jesus Christ. Dr. Stanley
fervently believes the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God, a belief
strongly reflected in his teaching.
organizations and publishers have honored Dr. Stanley. In 1988, he was
inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Hall of
Fame for the consistent excellence of his broadcast and leadership in
the realm of Christian television and radio. Religious Heritage of America
named him Clergyman of the Year in 1989, an award that recognizes pastors
who strive to make Judeo-Christian principles part of Americas
daily life. In 1993, the NRB honored IN TOUCH with the Television Producer
of the Year award; and in 1999, with the Radio Program of the Year award.
Just this year, Thomas Nelson Publishing recognized Dr. Stanley for
selling more than 3.5 million copies of his books. Dr. Stanley has also
served two terms as President of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Stanley has authored more than 45 books, including several best sellers.
Some of his titles include A Man's Touch, Handle With Prayer, How
To Listen To God, Eternal Security: Can You Be Sure, The Gift of Forgiveness,
How to Keep Your Kids On Your Team, The Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life,
The Source of My Strength, How To Handle Adversity, The Blessing of
Brokenness, Success God's Way, Handbook for Christian Living,
Into His Presence, and his latest release, When Tragedy Strikes.
common theme found in In Touch's voluminous listener correspondence
is how God has changed lives through Dr. Stanleys teaching. Any
success achieved by In Touch or Dr. Stanley is directly attributed to
the hand of God. Dr. Stanley says, "It is the Word of God and the
work of God that changes peoples lives."
goal of Dr. Charles Stanley is best represented in In Touch's mission
statement: To lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus
Christ and to strengthen the local church. Dr. Stanleys
hearts desire is to get the Gospel to "as many people as
possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, and as
quickly as possibleall to Gods glory."