John Stott was born in London in 1921 and attended Cambridge University. He came to Christ through the evangelism of a lecturer in his public school. After his ordination in the Church of England he served as a curate and later rector of All Souls Church, Langham, in London’s West End.. He says "God gave me a hunger for himself." He made three difficult decisions in his life he has never regretted: not to become an academic, not to marry, and not to become a bishop. "I want to bear witness that I have found in the ministry to which God has called me enormous joy and satisfaction."