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Inside story - the life of John Stott

This month sees the publication of a new biography of John Stott by Roger Steer. Here we carry the section which tells of the conversion of Frances Whitehead, who became John Stott’s secretary.

In 1951, a young woman named Frances had taken a temporary job with the BBC, working in their offices at the Langham Hotel, opposite All Souls Church. One evening she was walking with another BBC secretary past the church steps. From the pavement they could see the warm glow of lights in the building, illuminating the painting of Christ crowned with thorns, hanging at the east end.