Dr. Charles Stanley’s divorce from his wife in 2000 was apparently brought on by years of marital disappointments and struggle, according to his ex wife. Anna Stanley filed for divorce in June 1993, but Charles Stanley convinced her to change it to a legal separation. Anna Stanley filed for divorce again in 1995, claiming that their almost 40-year marriage was irreparably shattered.
The divorce procedures of Dr. Charles and Anna Stanley sparked a scandal in Atlanta’s First Baptist Church, where Charles was the senior pastor at the time of the divorce filing. In 1995, Charles indicated that if his wife legally divorced him, he would resign his position in the church immediately. Despite the fact that the divorce was finalised, Dr. Charles Stanley remained as the church’s senior pastor, with the congregation voting to keep him.
Dr. Charles’ divorce produced a schism between him and his son, Andy Stanley. Andy’s dissatisfaction with his father’s handling of the divorce controversy reportedly increased, culminating in his resignation from the First Baptist Church. In 1995, Andy Stanley established the North Point Community Church.