At All Souls Church, John Stott has had a pastoral ministry in the heart of London since his ordination in 1945. His international ministry, through writing and speaking, is also justly famous. Less known is the ministry of Langham Partnership International (John Stott Ministries in the U.S.), which he started to serve majority world Christians. lpi particularly encourages biblical preaching by offering study books for pastors and libraries, by inspiring biblical preaching movements, and by offering doctoral scholarships for evangelical scholars who will commit to teaching in their home seminaries. All these grew out of Stott's personal involvement as he tirelessly traveled the world. "As I approach the end of my life," Stott says, "my passion is to promote the ministry of Langham Partnership International and so to see the Word of God faithfully expounded in the pulpits of the world."
In 2001, Stott chose Chris Wright, an Irishman, to take over leadership of the fast-growing lpi organization. "I believe that Chris is God's man to carry this work into the next generation," Stott says. Wright is a Cambridge Ph.D. in Old Testament who spent five years teaching in India and then eight years leading All Nations Christian College, a school dedicated to training in cross-cultural mission. Like Stott, Wright is an Anglican clergyman, a preacher who loves to travel the world, an author of serious but accessible books on Scripture and theology, and a birdwatcher. Unlike Stott, a lifelong bachelor, Wright has a wife and four children.
This article is a sidebar to today's lead article, "Evangelism Plus: John Stott reflects on where we've been and where we're going."
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