Stott, who was 90 and a lifelong bachelor, died in London after being in declining health for some weeks, according to an interview that Benjamin Homan, president of John Stott Ministries, gave to the Associated Press.
An author and preacher, Stott is credited with helping reinvigorate evangelicalism in England after World War II and with having a broader influence – in part through his contributions to the 1974 Lausanne Covenant, which laid the framework for evangelicalism as a global movement.
“We must be global Christians, with a global mission, because our God is a global God,” Stott wrote.
He influenced thinking worldwide through the dozens of books he wrote, including “Basic Christianity,” which has been translated into more than 60 languages; by preaching at universities around the world; and presenting complex theological ideas in accessible terms In addition to his many theological works, Stott also wrote a book based on his love of bird-watching, “The Birds Our Teachers: Biblical Lessons from a Life-Long Bird Watcher,” illustrated with photographs he took in his travels.
Stott had been ordained as a Church of England minister and founded Langham Partnership International, which was named for All Souls Church at Langham Place, in the West End of London, where he served as rector and where he later lived in a small apartment over the garage.
Known widely as “Uncle John,” Stott lived in an unassuming manner – using some of the royalties from his books to support the theological education of promising students from developing countries.
The U.S. evangelical Billy Graham said in a statement, after hearing of Stott’s death, that he had lost one of his closest friends and the evangelical world one of its greatest spokesmen. “I look forward to seeing him again when I go to heaven,” Graham said.
– This article includes information from a remembrance of Stott published in the New York Times.