Trinity School for Ministry Remembers John Stott
On Wednesday, August 3, Trinity School for Ministry held a service of Evening Prayer in memory of the great evangelical scholar and Anglican priest John Stott (1921-2011). The Rt. Rev. John Rodgers officiated at the service, and was assisted by the Venerable Mark Stevenson. A brief audio recording of John Stott was featured in the service, taken from his lectures on gospel preaching given at Trinity School for Ministry in 1977. Bp. Rodgers allowed some time for members of the congregation to share their own reflections on John Stott’s life. It is clear that Dr. Stott had a profound impact on many lives.
Bishop John Rodgers remembered John Stott as “monumental” in importance, especially as a leader for evangelical Anglicans worldwide. He also played a significant role in the founding of Trinity School for Ministry. It was John that put forth the Rt. Rev. Alf Stanway’s name for consideration as the first Dean and President of the school. He also accompanied the Rev. John Guest on a visit to the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, to present the vision of starting a “school for ministry” in his diocese. Finally, John Stott and J. I. Packer were both consulted in the development of Trinity’s Statement of Faith.
Trinity School for Ministry is honored to have hosted Stott on multiple occasions in its history. In 1977, he delivered a short series of lectures on preaching. Stott also visited the campus in the 1990s and, most recently, delivered the commencement address for Trinity graduates in May of 2003. Central to Stott’s message was the Cross of Christ, a theme that was very clear in the readings, music, and reflections at the memorial service.
“For the vast majority of people whose lives he influenced profoundly,” said Chris Wright, Director of Langham Partnership International, “he was simply ‘Uncle John’ – a much loved friend, correspondent, and brother, to whose prayers we will never know how much we owe. Like Moses, he was one of the humblest men on the face of the earth, and yet at the same time he was one of the truly great leaders God has given to his people. He was, for all of us who knew him, a walking embodiment of the simple beauty of Jesus, whom he loved above all else.”
John Stott died in Lingfield, Surrey, England on 27th July 2011. He was 90 years old.
Trinity School for Ministry is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition. Begun in 1976, the seminary has trained nearly 1,000 students from all over the worldwide Anglican Communion. As a global center for Christian formation, Trinity continues to produce outstanding leaders who can plant, renew, and grow churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.