Dr. Charles Stanley recently announced his intention to transition his leadership role at First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, to the church’s senior associate pastor, Dr. Anthony George.
During First Baptist Atlanta’s two morning services on December 10, Stanley recommended to the congregation a Pastoral Succession Plan that “officially provides for the orderly transition of the title, duties, and responsibilities of the role of Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, from Dr. Charles Stanley to Dr. Anthony George at such time in the future, known only to God, that Dr. Stanley ceases to be the Senior Pastor of the church,” the church announced in a Facebook post.
“While I intend to remain the pastor as long as God gives me health and strength, this plan will be officially in place to ensure a seamless transition in leadership whenever God ordains that to occur,” said Stanley, according to the announcement.
The motion was “enthusiastically and unanimously” affirmed by the congregation, which Stanley has led as senior pastor since 1971.
“We thank God for this historic day in the life of our church and for Dr. Stanley’s wisdom in always considering God’s will for the future,” the church announced.
Having served First Baptist Atlanta since 2012, George presently provides oversight of the ministry staff and daily operations of the church in addition to assisting Stanley.
Previously, George served for nearly 15 years as pastor of Aloma Church in Winter Park, Florida. Originally from Mississippi, George is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Criswell College in Dallas, Texas.
In addition to serving as senior pastor of First Baptist Atlanta, Stanley is founder of In Touch Ministries, which produces In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley, a half-hour program that can be heard around the world via radio and television, broadcasts, podcasts, the handheld In Touch Ministries Messenger, In Touch Apps, and the Web.
The ministry’s programs are seen and heard around the world on more than 2,600 radio and television outlets in more than 50 languages. In addition to broadcasting, the ministry continues to produce books, studies, discipleship resources, and the award-winning In Touch magazine to more than 1.5 million households every month.
By NRB Staff
Published: January 4, 2018