People Pay Tribute To Dr. Charles Stanley Following His Passing: ‘He Was Such An Inspiration’

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People Pay Tribute To Dr. Charles Stanley Following His Passing: ‘He Was Such An Inspiration’

By Movieguide® Contributor

People around the world are sharing their tributes to Dr. Charles Stanley, noted pastor and author, as they mourn his death on April 18, 2023.

Troy Miller, president and CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, said “pastor” is the first thing that comes to his mind when he thinks about Dr. Stanley.

“He really loved people, he cared for people, he cared for their lives, and he cared where they spent eternity,” Miller explained.

Miller and NRB were partnered with Dr. Stanley and his organization, In Touch Ministries, a teaching and media industry he founded in 1977.

“Dr. Stanley was one of those pioneers,” Miller shared. “Early on in his ministry, he looked at media and said, ‘This was a way to reach people. This was a way to reach a lot of people for the Gospel,’ and that was his heart.”

Dr. Stanley reached millions with his many books and appearances on television and radio, but Miller was quick to say that he wasn’t interested in fame.

“He really looked at it as an extension of his ministry there at the church,” Miller explained, referring to Dr. Stanley’s 50 years as pastor at First Baptist Church Atlanta. “And I think that’s what made him such a pioneer.”

Miller continued, “He expanded his ministry constantly over television, radio, and … later, he was one of the first pioneers into the whole digital space, all about reaching people for the Gospel.”

He concluded by saying Dr. Stanley’s legacy is all about perseverance and working to overcome challenges. 

“It’s not about us; it’s about God,” Miller shared. “I can just imagine, last evening in heaven when those words were just uttered to him: ‘Welcome, good and faithful servant,’ and I think that’s what we all want to hear, and he was such an inspiration for that.”

Founder and Publisher of Movieguide® Dr. Ted Baehr, who was a good friend of Dr. Stanley, said:

When I was the head of the organization that produced The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at CBS, I was one of the half dozen ministry leaders and pastors who met with Charles Stanley once a week on Wednesday morning, to help him through some of his family issues.

Usually, it was 5am, which was very early to get there on time. What I must say is that Charles is one of the few great exegetes, teachers, and expositors of the bible.

I still listen to his podcasts, he is not just one of the best for the period of his lifetime, but he is one of the best throughout the history of the church.

We all know that he is in heaven, we are praying for his family, and I am looking forward to God raising up more great preachers.

Please pray for Dr. Stanley’s loved ones as they navigate this time of grief. 


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