John Stott (April 27, 1921 – July 27, 2011), Anglican pastor, evangelical leader.

John Stott was one of the most influential leaders of the Evangelical movement in Christianity during the 20th Century. After hearing a sermon at school, Stott began his spiritual journey. He began his college life at Trinity  College, Cambridge, where he studied theology and was extremely active in the campus Christian fellowship. He later moved to Ridley College and was ordained as a minister in the Church of England. After his ordination, he was posted to All Souls Church in central London. This was the church he grew up in and he remained there for the rest of his life.

Stott was widely acclaimed and respected throughout the Church for his leadership, wisdom, and ability to convey complex theological ideas in a simplified way that average churchgoers could understand. He, (along with his good friend, Billy Graham), was one of the main authors of the Lausanne Covenant, which helped establish the worldwide Evangelical movement. He helped preserve the unity of the Anglican church and fostered the growth of evangelicalism within it. Stott published over 50 books, often using the royalties from book sales to help support struggling church leaders in developing countries. As far back as 1959, he was appointed as a chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II. Time Magazine named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2005. The following year, he was knighted and made a Commander of the British Empire.

Stott had been in poor health due to his advanced age. He died in the presence of family and friends, who read to him favorite Bible passages. He was also listening to a recording of Handel’s Messiah.

“The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to Heaven. – Billy Graham

Visit the official website of John Stott Ministries: www.johnstott.org

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