In 2000, following several separations and attempts at reconciliation, Charles Stanley and his wife, Anna J. Stanley
, were divorced after 44 years of marriage.
Many prominent ministers, including Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship and even his own son Andy, called for Dr. Stanley
to step down as pastor for a time of "personal repentance and healing.
However, with the support of his congregation (then numbering 13,000), Dr. Stanley retained his position as senior pastor of FBCA.
told Baptist Press News
that these personal struggles have made his
messages more credible to people who are hurting.
"None of us have it all together," he
"You and I live in a world of needy people, and when you and I start meeting people's needs where they're living, they're coming to hear what you have to say.
ordeal with a publicly controversial divorce, Stanley
has learned to let God fight his
Today in the United States, Dr. Stanley's
television program airs on 204 channels and seven satellite networks.
radio show is heard on 458 stations as well as shortwave radio and his
church membership now numbers 15,000.
The ministry also produces a popular daily devotional magazine called In Touch.
personal biography, Stanley
ministry according to this message from Paul to the Ephesians: "Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God's mighty kindness and love.
(Acts 20:24, The Living Bible)