Dr. Anthony George will take over as senior pastor.
ATLANTA — Charles Stanley is stepping down as senior pastor at First Baptist, he announced at the present time right through a pre-recorded streaming service.
He is procedure to transition to Pastor Emeritus, the church announced.
“We’re with out a rupture in sight indebted to this man of God—now not simplest our devoted pastor, nonetheless additionally a pastor to hundreds and hundreds across the enviornment,” they mentioned on Facebook.
Dr. Anthony George will take over as senior pastor, they announced.
Stanley’s tenure at the ancient Atlanta church started in 1969 when the church became situated on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. He became elected in 1971 as senior pastor. In 1982, Stanley founded In Touch Ministries “to develop the reach of his pulpit ministry through media and to meet the growing ask for his messages across the nation.”
“Earlier this month, I told the board that I felt the time had plot for me to step down as Senior Pastor,” he mentioned. “I maintain many very ideal memories. But as great as I really treasure being your pastor, I know in my coronary heart this season has plot to an dwell.” Referring to his upcoming eighty-eighth birthday later this month, Stanley remarked, “To articulate I didn’t bustle this resolution would completely be an underestimation.”
George has served as Stanley’s assistant and as the church’s accomplice pastor since 2012. Sooner than coming to Atlanta, he served as senior pastor of the Aloma Church in Frosty weather Park, Florida, for fifteen years.
In December 2017, Stanley led First Baptist to adopt a formal succession conception in which George became named as the church’s subsequent pastor.
Speaking of George at the present time, Stanley mentioned, “I am so grateful for him. Thanks to Anthony’s management and his admire for you and his admire for God,I maintain absolute self belief that there are many mountainous days ahead for the First Baptist Church of Atlanta. My hope is that the very best days are peaceable ahead.”
Stanley will flip 88-years-passe this month.
In keeping with a news release, the church right now has bigger than 12,000 people, and the realm viewing audience of Stanley’s sermons is estimated at “properly into the hundreds and hundreds.”
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