Kicked out of Sunday School at All Souls Church as a boy, for hiding a dagger in his sock, John Stott was certainly not expected to grow up to be a pastor! Even John’s father had other hopes and ambitions for his eldest son. So John received the best education that money could buy. He went to the best schools and the best university. John’s family wanted him to be a success and a credit to the Stott name.
And he was. John was bright, energetic and dedicated. However, something happened that changed the direction of his life. Family ambitions took second place to serving the Lord Jesus Christ and working for God’s glory. So, in a bizarre twist of God’s providence the little boy who had been banished from All Souls Sunday School eventually became its minister!
John was so highly regarded in England, he even became Chaplain to the Queen. What was it that brought the naughty little Sunday School student full circle? How did he get into Time Magazine as one of the 20th century’s most influential people? Why is ‘Uncle John’ listened to by many, read by thousands and recognized across the world as a pastor, friend and leader?
Author Julia Cameron is Director of Publishing for The Lausanne Movement. She lives in Oxford, U.K.