First Baptist Church (Atlanta)

First Baptist Church of Atlanta, is a Southern Baptist megachurch in Dunwoody, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta. It is one of the most prominent churches in the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the most influential churches in the United States. Originally located in Atlanta city limits, First Baptist Atlanta moved to the suburb of Dunwoody, Georgia. The senior pastor is Anthony George, succeeding the long-tenured and well known Charles Stanley who pastored there for 49 years.

First Baptist Church Atlanta
Location4400 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, Georgia
CountryUnited States
DenominationSouthern Baptist Convention
Founded1848 (1848)
Founder(s)David Gonto Daniell
DivisionGeorgia Baptist Convention
Senior pastor(s)
  • Anthony George


The church was founded in 1848 in midtown Atlanta, Georgia.[1] 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. In 2006, the church inaugurated the new building.[2]

On September 13, 2020, Charles Stanley, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced his transition to pastor emeritus after having been senior pastor of the church since 1971. In 2017, Anthony George was named as Stanley's successor. [3]


First Baptist Church Atlanta began a television and radio ministry in 1972, one year after Stanley became the senior pastor.[4][5]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.


  1. ^ Martin Sinderman, First Baptist Church profits from relocating north,, USA, February 5, 2001
  2. ^ Atlas Piers of Atlanta, Modern Renovation of First Baptist Church of Atlanta Worship Center,, p.5, USA, Spring/2006
  3. ^ Shelia Poole, Who is Anthony George, the successor for Atlanta megachurch pastor Charles Stanley?,, USA, December 13, 2017
  4. ^ Nicola Menzie, Charles Stanley's Ministry Launches 'Missing Persons Project' to Regain 'Forgotten Members',, USA, April 26, 2013
  5. ^ John Blake, Two preaching giants and the 'betrayal' that tore them apart,, USA, November 19, 2012

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