Who Was Charles Stanley’s Wife?

Anna Johnson Stanley was the wife of renowned Southern Baptist mega-church pastor Charles Stanley. Their 42-year marriage ended in 2000 when Anna filed for divorce.

Anna Margaret Johnson was a North Carolina native, born in Smithfield on October 9, 1931. She studied art in Richmond, Virginia and later taught at a Christian school in Miami, Florida. In 1958 Anna married Charles Frazier Stanley, and for 42 years the two worked and served in various Southern Baptist Churches including the mega-church, First Baptist Church, in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Anna and Charles endured marital problems which they worked seven years to resolve beginning in 1993. In 2000 their marriage came to an end when Anna filed for divorce. Anna’s life after the divorce has been kept private by their two children, Andy and Becky. On November 10, 2014, Anna passed peacefully at the age of 83.