John Stott was a gifted preacher and writer; a Church of England pastor with a conservative, evangelical orientation. For most of his life he served as a pastor at All Soul's Church in London where his preaching and teaching attracted record crowds. I can still remember hearing him each morning at the Urbana student missions conference in 1967.
Stott had a clear view of the way in which social concern is fully integrated with evangelism in the mission of Christ. He had a real gift for explaining complex theological issues and proclaiming the gospel with compassion and power. He wrote more than 50 books, including Basic Christianity, which has become a classic. He was rooted in the Scriptures and his writings and recorded sermons remain a rich, reliable source of biblical interpretation and commentary. He was the primary drafter of the 1974 Lausanne Covenant, perhaps the most widely accepted contemporary creedal statement among conservative Protestants.
He was 90. He never married. The royalties from his books went to scholarships for young Christian leaders from developing countries. He was counted as a mentor by such Evangelical leaders as Billy Graham and Rick Warren. He was the father of the Evangelical revival in England in the post-WWII era. I cannot but believe we will see him in the Resurrection.