The Stott Legacy Podcast

2021 is 100 years since John Stott's birth.

John Stott holds a unique place in 20th Century Church history, both in Britain and across the globe. In each episode, Mark Meynell meets someone who has been impacted by John Stott’s legacy. His thought, life and example represent many challenges to our own generation. Join us as we explore inspiration, challenges and insights from the life of Uncle John.

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Episode 25 – Chris Wright & Tayo Arikawe


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Ep 25 The Stott Legacy with Chris Wright and Tayo Arikawe

Chris Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is an Old Testament scholar and missiologist who is a prolific writer and sought-after teacher all over the world. After starting out in ministry in a Church of England church outside London, he spent several years teaching in India. He returned to the UK with his wife Liz and their children to work at All Nations Christian College, becoming Principal during the 1990s.

He was invited by John Stott to take over from him… Read more



Episode 24 – Dr Ajith Fernando


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Episode 24 - Dr Ajith Fernando After 35 years as the director of Youth for Christ (YfC) Sri Lanka, Ajith Fernando stepped back to become Teaching Director, giving him the space to write and teach that he’d struggled to find previously. Brought up in a Christian home which highly prized the exposition of the scriptures, it was unsurprising that he would find a model and mentor in the writing of John Stott. However, he has followed his lead in many different ways ever since, including being instrumental in committing YfC Sri Lanka to serving the country’s poor… Read more



Episode 23 – Dr Marcelo Vargas


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Episode 23 Marcelo VargasDr Marcelo Vargas lives in  La Paz, capital of his native Bolivia, where he is the director of the Centro de Capacitación Misionera, or the Mission Training Centre. He cofounded this with his wife Silvana, a psychologist who specialises in Family Therapy. He originally studied Electrical Engineering as an undergraduate in Brazil, where he expected to settle. But he was encouraged by Samuel Escobar and others to return to Bolivia to set up the country’s own Christian student movement to be affiliated with IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students). Having originally met John Stott… Read more




Episode 21 & 22 – Prof John Wyatt


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Prof John Wyatt on The Stott Legacy podcast

John Wyatt is Professor of Ethics and Perinatology at University College London and also Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, Ethics & Perinatology at University College London. As a paediatrician, he specialised and led an intensive care unit for premature babies in London for 25 years. But alongside his medical practice, he has been a frequent contributor to the major medical ethical debates of our time, enabling him to play a significant part in updating John Stott’s Issues Facing Christians Today. He first joined All Souls, Langham Place as a medical student… Read more



Episode 20 – Rico Tice


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Rico Tice on The Stott Legacy podcastRico Tice is a passionate evangelist known on university campuses and in local churches all over, in particular through Christianity Explored (CE) Ministries. He was first ordained in the Church of England when he joined the staff team of All Souls Langham Place, in London, in the mid-90s. John Stott was still very involved… Read more




Episode 19 – Dr Elaine Storkey


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Elaine Storkey is a philosopher and sociologist who has worked for many years at the interface of the Church and the Academy. Her postgraduate studies were on Wittgenstein after which she has taught in many universities and colleges around the world, particularly in the UK… Read more




Episodes 17 & 18 – Bp Timothy Dudley-Smith

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Bishop 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 Read more





Episode 16 – José de Segovia


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José de Segovia is a Spanish journalist based in Madrid with a particular interest in arts and culture. But that is not the only string to his bow, as he has also pursued theological studies at various points in Spain, The Netherlands and the UK. In 1982, he spent six months at the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity and as a result… Read more




Episode 15 – Dr Laura Yoder


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Laura Meitzner Yoder is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Wheaton College in the US, and holds the John Stott Chair of Human Needs and Global Resources. She did a PhD at Yale in Forestry and Environmental Studies and has years of experience involved in environmental projects in… Read more




Episode 14 – Ted Schroder


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Ted Schroder was the last of a very select group of people – curates at All Souls Langham Place appointed by John Stott. He started in 1967, and it was while he was there, that Michael Baughen was appointed as Vicar in anticipation of him taking over from Stott as Rector in 1975.

Originally from New Zealand, he came to study… Read more




Episode 13 – Bp Robert Aboagye-Mensah


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Dr Robert Aboagye-Mensah is a theologian and scholar, pastor and leader, a thinker for the church and the public square. His career culminated in his being appointed as the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church in his native Ghana in 2003, a post he held until 2009.

But he has vast experience… Read more



Episode 12 – Prof Jerram Barrs


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Jerram Barrs has taught apologetics at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis since 1989 and just a few years ago was made the inaugural holder of the Francis Schaeffer Chair of Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture. He was born in the UK and studied at Manchester University. He was involved…  Read more




Episode 11 – Dr Corey Widmer


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Mark Meynell chats to Corey Widmer, from Virginia USA, who was John Stott’s study assistant for three years in the late 90s. For many years, John had a study assistant, usually a young university graduate, and often…  Read more





Episode 10 – Jeremy Vine


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To those in the UK, Jeremy Vine needs no introduction. He’s a veteran journalist who started out in local radio and newspaper reporting. He was for several years the BBC Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg, and has since become very familiar, as presenter of flagship programmes like BBC’s Newsnight and Panorama. He currently juggles hosting two daily broadcasts, one on BBC Radio 2 and the other on Channel 5 TV. This is quite apart from the fun he has hosting quiz show Eggheads. But most significantly for our purposes, he knew John Stott… Read more



Episode 9 – Dr John Dickson


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John Dickson is a man of many talents. He was the frontman for a band in the 80s and 90s; he’s an ancient historian and theologian, having done a PhD in ancient history and had teaching posts in his native city, Sydney Australia, at Macquarie University and University of Sydney’s Department of Jewish Studies; more recently he had a visiting role in the University of Oxford classics department. He is also an ordained anglican minister and has led a church in Sydney. But as if that wasn’t enough… Read more


Episode 8 – Ruth Padilla deBorst



Ruth Padilla de Borst knew John Stott from her childhood since he was a frequent visitor to the family home in Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America. In fact, the main photograph for… Read more




Episode 7 – Ria Pasaribu



After many years working with university students in Perkantas, the Indonesian member movement of IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), Ria Pasaribu went on to join the staff of OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship). Yet, ever since childhood, she had… Read more





Episode 6 – Dr Greg Johnson


Greg Johnson is Lead Pastor at Memorial Presbyterian (PCA) in St Louis, Missouri, a church he has served in various capacities for nearly 20 years. He is also a church historian, who completed a PhD in Historical Theology through St Louis University. But the reason he finds himself at the centre of various church political storms is that he is described, variously, as a gay or same-sex-attracted celibate Christian, a situation which sees him… Read more




Episode 5 – Gail and Jorge Atiencia


Gail and Jorge Atiencia speak to Mark Meynell from Ecuador, Jorge’s home country, in this episode. Gail is originally from Canada, and the couple met while Jorge was training at Regent’s College Vancouver. For many years now, they’ve lived in Colombia. They were involved in Langham Preaching right… Read more




Special Episode – Frances Whitehead


In this special episode of The Stott Legacy podcast, we revisit an interview Mark Meynell recorded back in 2013. It’s with Frances Whitehead, John Stott’s secretary of over 60 years. Frances Whitehead is the one person that John’s ministry could never have done without. She worked for the BBC next door to All Souls Langham Place, and… Read more




Episode 4 – Kosta Milkov


Dr Kosta Milkov is a man of many parts. But strikingly, several of the strings to his bow could be said to have resulted from meeting John Stott in the early 90s. Having studied theology at a seminary in Osijek in Croatia, he would go on with his wife Nada to start up the IFES work in his native Macedonia (in former Yugoslavia). Having met Uncle John… Read more




Episode 3 – Christopher Catherwood


It is not a debate many outside the UK are aware of, nor is it that well known today within Britain. But the consequences of the impassioned address given by ’the Doctor’, Martyn Lloyd-Jones of Westminster Chapel, at the October 1966 National Assembly of Evangelicals, are argued… Read more




Episode 2 – Dr Russell Moore


Russell Moore has a unique influence in American public life: he is President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (the largest protestant denomination in the USA) and so is frequently called upon to comment on matters of public policy and political events. What has set him apart from… Read more




Episode 1 – Gottfried Osei-Mensah


One of the products of the great friendship between John Stott and Billy Graham was what became the Lausanne Movement. The First International Congress for World Evangelisation was held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1974, drawing people from 150 nations to “reframe Christian mission in a world of political, economic, intellectual, and religious upheaval”.

This resulted in the Lausanne Covenant, of which John Stott was… Read More


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