Leaders and Friends Remember John Stott
Professor of theology at Westminster Seminary, California
"John Stott belongs to a generation of British evangelical leaders who worked patiently, prayerfully, persistently, and intelligently within the established church. They were not known for their own achievements, networks, and influence, but for their exposition of God's Word with clarity, dependence upon the Spirit, and concern for both the lost and the gathered."
Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life
"John Stott, one of my closest mentors, just died. I flew to the UK recently just to pray for him and sit by his bed. What a giant!" (Warren followed with 10 tweets on what he has learned from Stott.)
Theologian and president of Tearfund
"I think the biggest impact for me, was that once John understood the justice of an issue, once he understood the biblical nature of an issue, he was all for it. And the way he got involved with the whole gender issue, the way he saw the issue of justice for women, and how much of our patriarchal culture had been a barrier to women, both in terms of their own progression, but even more in terms of hearing the Gospel, acknowledging God as 'Father,' etc.— once he saw that, he just went for it. And so here you had a pillar of the church, coming from a very conservative stable, actually opening up the feminist doors wide so that a new generation of women could go through them."
Archbishop of Canterbury
"Without ever compromising his firm evangelical faith, he showed himself willing to challenge some of the ways in which that faith had become conventional or inward-looking. It is not too much to say that he helped to change the face of evangelicalism internationally, arguing for the necessity of 'holistic' mission that applied the Gospel of Jesus to every area of life, including social and political questions. But he will be remembered most warmly as an expositor of scripture and a teacher of the faith, whose depth and simplicity brought doctrine alive in all sorts of new ways."
President of John Stott Ministries
"He set an impeccable example for ministry leaders of handing things over to other leaders. He imparted to many a love for the global church and imparted a passion for biblical fidelity and a love for the Savior."
President of the Southern Baptist Seminary
"You cannot explain English-speaking evangelicalism in the 20th century without crucial reference to the massive influence of John Stott. I am thankful for warm memories of conversations with him, a man with a generous heart as well as a keen mind. We will miss him."
Pastor of Oak Hills Church, San Antonio
"The gracious scholar, John Stott, is with Jesus. Model for all pastors. Teacher for all students. Friend of all seekers. We'll miss him."
Author of A Meal with Jesus
"The private John Stott was just as impressive as the public persona: gracious, humble, without affectation. I'm sure it was this humility that meant God could entrust him with the influence and success he received. It is hard to underestimate the impact he has had across the world. 'Thank you, gracious Father.'"