The Alfred Stanway Lecture in Global Mission honours the memory of missionary bishop and former Ridley Vice Principal Alf Stanway. This year’s lecture, co-hosted by Langham Partnership Australia, will be delivered by Rev Dr Chris Wright, International Ministries Director of Langham Partnership. Chris will address the topic of John Stott’s Legacy and the Mission of the Global Church.
Chris Wright was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1947, the son of missionary parents, and nurtured as an Irish Presbyterian. After completing a doctorate in Old Testament economic ethics in Cambridge, he was ordained in the Anglican Church of England in 1977 and served as an assistant pastor in the Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Tonbridge, Kent.
In 1983 he took his family to India and taught at the Union Biblical Seminary (UBS), Pune for five years as a mission partner with Crosslinks (formerly BCMS). While at UBS he taught a variety of Old Testament courses at BD and MTh levels. In 1988 he returned to the UK as Academic Dean at All Nations Christian College (an international training centre for cross-cultural mission). Then he was appointed Principal there in September 1993.
In September 2001 he was appointed International Director of the Langham Partnership International. This is a group of ministries originally founded by John Stott, committed to the strengthening of the church in the Majority World through fostering leadership development, biblical preaching, literature and doctoral scholarships. (www.langhampartnership.org).
Chris and his wife, Liz, belong to All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, where Chris enjoys preaching from time to time as a member of the Staff team.