The Stott Legacy Podcast: Episode 18 – Bp Timothy Dudley-Smith (Part 2)

Listen to Part 2 of this fascinating conversation with Bp Timothy Dudley-Smith, world-renowned hymn writer and official biographer for John Stott. 

Timothy Dudley-Smith has written hundreds of hymns, with around 400 published, included in over 250 hymnals globally. But his ministry has extended far beyond writing verse for he was ordained in the Church of England in 1950 (after graduating from Cambridge in 1947), served in Rochester and London, then for many years writing and editing for the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS). In 1973 he was appointed Archdeacon of Norwich, and then Bishop of Thetford (assistant to the Bishop of Norwich). 

Stott’s biography

Throughout his life, John Stott was a central figure, which is why he was the perfect choice to work on Stott’s biography in his retirement. This ended up being two volumes and aimed to set down an historical record of Stott’s life but leave much of the evaluation to subsequent historians who had the benefit of distance and greater perspective. Mark Meynell’s conversation with him and his daughter Sarah Walter, in January 2022, was remarkable – he is 95 but his memory is sparkling and only needed the odd prompt from Sarah! This episode is Part 2 of 2. Listen to Part 1.

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