World-renowned evangelist and Biblical scholar John Stott died Wednesday at 3.15 p.m. local time in London (10.15 a.m. EST), according to John Stott Ministries President Benjamin Homan.
Homan has reported that Stott’s death has come following a few weeks of discomfort, and that the death was simply related to complications related to old age.
Stott, who died at 90, retired from public ministry in 2007 when he was 86 years old. He spent his retirement in the College of St. Barnabas, Lingfield, which is a residence for retired Anglican clergy.
The English Anglican leader is revered for his ministry life. The world famous evangelist, the Rev. Billy Graham, described him as "the most respected clergyman in the world today."
Stott, who founded the Langham Partnership International, was confirmed into the Anglican Church in 1936 and has since enjoyed working in a wide range of activities and organizations.
He held the position as chair of the Church of England Evangelical Council from 1967 to 1984, and has also been the president of two hugely influential Christian organizations, the U.K. branches of Scripture Union from 1965 to 1974, and the Evangelical Alliance from 1973 to 1974.
Stott combined his commitment to evangelism and his fostering of future Christian leaders by involving himself in the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship, where he was president four times between 1961 and 1982.
He also served as chaplain to the Queen from 1959 to 1991 and received the rare honor of being appointed an Extra Chaplain in 1991.
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One of Stott's major contributions to world evangelization was at the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization held at Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was one of the principal authors of the Lausanne Covenant. The Lausanne Covenant provided a theological and historical underpinning for denominations, ministries and individuals committed to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.