Andy Stanley is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, and Browns Bridge Community Church. He also founded the worldwide Christian organisation, North Point Ministries. Read this article which looks at this great man in more detail.
Andy Stanley was born Charles Andrew Stanley on 16 May 1958. His father, Dr. Charles Stanley was the senior pastor at the first baptist church to exist in Atlanta, Georgia and this title paved the way for Andy to get in to the church. Before starting his work in the church, Stanley received a bachelor's degree of journalism from Georgia State University and later earned a master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He didn't stick with his world of study but instead, after working for several years as an associate Pastor and Minister to Students at First Baptist Atlant, he, along with five others, founded the North Point Community Church in 1995
Since its opening in 1995, Northpoint church has now grown to three different campuses and has over 24,000 attenders each week, thus making it the second largest church in the whole of the United States of America. In 2006, the church was voted the thirteenth most influential church in America but in 2007, the church shot up to being regarded as the third most influential state in America, it's highest ranking to date. At this present moment in time (July 2011), Stanley's church stands as the tenth most influential church in the United States. Meanwhile, Stanley is also regarded as the tenth most influential pastor to go along with his church.
Andy Stanley has lived in the state of Georgia his entire life and he currently (July 2011) lives in the town of Alpharetta with his wife, Sandra, and their three children, Andrew, Garrett and Allie. As well as being the senior pastor at his own church, Stanley is also a frequent speaker at the Willow Creek associations Global leadership summit which was founded in 1995. He also held the honour of being the fourth speaker at the national prayer service following his inauguration in 2009, but has not spoken for the service since.