First Baptist Church (Atlanta)
First Baptist Church (Atlanta), is a megachurch located at 4400 North Peachtree Road at Interstate 285 in Dunwoody, Georgia. It is commonly known as First Baptist Atlanta. It is an evangelical, Christian church, and is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Charles Stanley is the senior pastor, and Anthony George is the associate senior pastor.
|First Baptist Church Atlanta|
|Denomination||Southern Baptist Convention|
|Founder(s)||David Gonto Daniell|
|Division||Georgia Baptist Convention|
|Senior pastor(s)||Charles Stanley|
The church was founded in 1848 in midtown Atlanta, Georgia. In the late 20th century, a commercial facility was purchased on Atlanta's Interstate 285 and the church relocated to the larger, more accessible property in Dekalb County. The trend of churches relocating adjacent to major interstates and highways is not uncommon in commuter-oriented cities such as Atlanta.
Addressing social and spiritual concerns such as parenting, finances, personal crises, emotions and relationships, FBA guides believers through the word of God for the purpose of personal spiritual growth. Through an applicable reference to God's word, FBA focuses on prayer, the character of God, fellowship through the Holy Spirit and the Person of Jesus Christ. First Baptist Atlanta continually works to service the needs of believers, followers, and seekers of God's holiness through various missions, ministries, and programs.
First Baptist Church Atlanta began a television and radio ministry in 1972, one year after Stanley became the senior pastor. It is now known as In Touch Ministries. Together, the teaching of Stanley and beliefs of FBA are available globally—translated into more than 100 languages via radio, television broadcast, audiotapes, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, pamphlets, books and a monthly devotional magazine, In Touch.
- Martin Sinderman, First Baptist Church profits from relocating north, bizjournals.com, USA, February 5, 2001
- Shelia Poole, Who is Anthony George, the successor for Atlanta megachurch pastor Charles Stanley?, ajc.com, USA, December 13, 2017