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NRB Mourns the Passing of World-Renowned Pastor and Broadcaster
Dr. Charles F. Stanley
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NRB) – National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), the nation’s leading association of Christian communicators, mourns the passing today of Dr. Charles F. Stanley and celebrates his life and legacy of faithful Christian service through In Touch Ministries.
“Dr. Stanley leaves behind a lasting legacy as a torch-bearer and trailblazer of Gospel ministry and Christian broadcasting,” said NRB President & CEO Troy A. Miller. “We were blessed to have such a faithful servant of the Lord as a veteran NRB member and a faithful supporter and encourager of the work of NRB. Our condolences and prayers are with Dr. Stanley’s family. Although we mourn his loss in this life, it is a joy to know that he is with his Lord and Savior.”
As the founder of In Touch Ministries, which celebrated 45 years of service in 2022, Pastor Emeritus at First Baptist Church of Atlanta, and a longtime member of NRB, Stanley ministered to millions worldwide through his radio and television broadcasts and the digital ministries of In Touch. The “In Touch” television program is seen on 204 stations and seven satellite networks in the United States. “In Touch” radio programs are heard on 458 stations via shortwave radio. Globally, “In Touch” programs are seen and heard on more than 2,600 radio and television outlets in more than 50 languages. The ministry also continues to produce audio and video resources, pamphlets, books, and an award-winning daily devotional magazine.
In 1988, Stanley was inducted into the NRB Hall of Fame. The NRB Hall of Fame stands as a witness for today’s Christian communicators—a showcase of warriors for Christ who live exemplary lives of valor and compassion, blazing trails and leaving paths for succeeding generations to follow. The Hall of Fame award is NRB’s most prestigious award and is presented to an individual NRB member for invaluable contribution to the field of Christian communications, exhibition of the highest standards, and evidence of faithfulness in Christ.
Stanley was also the 2020 recipient of the NRB Chairman’s Award. Stanley is a past member of the NRB Board of Directors and delivered remarks at multiple NRB Conventions over the years. In Touch Ministries, an NRB member since 1980, has received numerous NRB awards including the Award of Merit (1983), TV Program of the Year (1993), Radio Program of the Year (1999); Best TV Commercial (2013), Radio Impact Award (2013), Billy Graham Award for Excellence in Christian Communications (2014), Best Use of Social Media (2016), Best Promotional Campaign (2017), Most Innovative Digital Method (2019), Best Digital Experience (2019), and Best Short-Form Video (2020).
NRB is a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. NRB’s mission is two-fold: To protect the free speech rights of our members to speak Biblical truth by advocating those rights in governmental, corporate, and media sectors; and To foster excellence, integrity, and accountability in our membership by providing networking, educational, ministry, and relational opportunities. Learn more at www.nrb.org.
About the NRB Convention
The annual NRB Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assisting those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic and award-winning Exposition consists of dozens of organizations and is an active marketplace for those seeking products and services to enhance their organization. The upcoming Convention will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida, May 22-25, 2023. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.