John Stott


April 27, 1921 - July 27, 2011

Pastor, Theologian and Author

From London, England
Served in London, England
Affiliation: Anglican

"We should not ask, 'What is wrong with the world?' for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, 'What has happened to the salt and light?'"

Educated at Cambridge University, Stott was one of the most influential clergymen in the Church of England in the twentieth century. In 1950 he became rector of All Souls Church in London (the parish where he was born), and in 1975 rector emeritus. From 1952 to 1977 he led missions to university students on five continents. In 1982 he founded the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (now part of Christian Impact), serving as director up to 1986 and president from 1986. Chaplian to the queen from 1959 to 1991, he was appointed extra chaplain from 1991 onward and was awarded a Lambeth D.D. in 1983.

Stott contributed to the development of missiology through his international speaking and preaching (often to students); his books on mission theology, particularly Christian Mission in the Modern World (1975); and his deft, concise drafting of key mission statements in the Lausanne Covenant (1974), Willowbank Report on Gospel and Evangelical Commitment (1982), Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue on Mission (1987), and the Lausanne II Manila Manifesto (1989). His strategic initiatives included the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion, the Langham Trust scholarship program (which supports Third World graduate students), and the Evangelical Literature Trust. He was the New Testament editor and contributor to the expository commentary series The Bible Speaks Today.

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