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Charles Stanley

Stanley
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Charles Stanley started work as a minister in Virginia when he was just 14 years old. Following this, he received multiple theology and divinity degrees before becoming pastor of the First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Stanley started “The Chapel Hour” TV program in 1972. In 1978, his program was syndicated across the country by the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Stanley eventually started In Touch Ministries, which led to a syndicated radio broadcast that took his message worldwide. Today, “In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley” is translated across hundreds of radio and television networks in over 100 languages. His ministries have earned approximately $73,000,000 a year, according to estimates.