Biography of Pastor Charles Andy Stanley

Full Biography of Pastor Andy Stanley

Pastor Charles Andrew Stanley, who is popularly known as Andy Stanley, is an American who is the founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries, a nondenominational evangelical Christian church with several campuses across the north and south metro Atlanta areas. He is the founder and senior pastor of North Point Community Church.

Andy Stanley serves as senior pastor of North Point Ministries, which includes campuses in Alpharetta, Atlanta and Cummings, Ga., with more than 40,000 people attending.. He also founded North Point Ministries, which is a worldwide Christian organization in Alpharetta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, in 1995.

Stanley was born in 1958 to pastor Charles Stanley, who is the senior pastor of Atlanta’s First Baptist Church and founder of “In Touch Ministries.” He attended Georgia State University where he received a bachelor's degree of journalism and later earned his masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. In 1995 after serving for several years as Associate Pastor and Minister to Students at First

Baptist Atlanta, he and five others founded North Point Community Church. Now with three campuses and over 40,000+ attendees each week, North Point Ministries has also helped to plant 14 strategic partner churches in the US and Canada. 

In 2006, North Point Community Church was voted the 3rd most influential church in America and in 2007, Stanley was voted the 20th most influential Christian in America. Buckhead Church was featured in an USA Today feature regarding its revolutionary use of high definition video in the place of a live speaker. 

Stanley and his wife live in Alpharetta, Georgia, with his wife, Sandra. They have three children named Andrew, Garrett, and Allison. He is also a bestselling author including Visioneering, Next Generation Leader, Enemies of the Heart, When Work and Family Collide and Ask It.

Stanley is the author of more than 20 books, including Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets; The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; Ask It; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; Enemies of the Heart; When Work & Family Collide; Visioneering; Next Generation Leader; and Irresistible. His television program Your Move with Andy Stanley has been broadcast since 2012.

In 2017, a survey of U.S. pastors in Outreach magazine identified Stanley as one of the ten most influential living pastors in America. In 2016, his podcast won the Academy of Podcasters award for best spirituality and religion podcast.

Stanley now lives outside of Atlanta with his wife, Sandra, and their three adult children.[6] He is the son of Charles Stanley, the former senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries. Charles Stanley died on April 18, 2023.

As the host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, Andy’s culturally relevant insights on life, faith, success, and relationships are broadcasted nationwide and are available globally online. Millions of his messages are consumed monthly through television, YouTube, podcasts, and other digital mediums, underscoring his impact not only as a communicator but also as an influencer of culture.

He is a best-selling author of over 20 books, including: Parenting: Getting It Right; Not In It to Win It; Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets; Irresistible; The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; How to Be Rich; When Work & Family Collide; and Visioneering.

Andy has a deep passion for teaching and engaging with live audiences, which he has pursued for over three decades at leadership events around the world. As a sought-after communicator, he speaks at various annual events before audiences of both church and organizational leaders.

“I cannot fill their cups,” he often says of the opportunity to impact leaders, “but I have a responsibility to empty mine.”

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