John Stott was ordained into the ministry of the Church of England in 1945 and has served the same church ever since. He was assistant pastor of All Souls for 5 years, the senior pastor (Rector) for 25, and Rector Emeritus since 1975. During the last quarter century he has been set free (under the auspices of the Langham Partnership) to travel the world, especially for ministry to pastors and students. He has been a Chaplain to the Queen since 1959. He is President of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. The son of Sir Arnold and Lady Stott, he was born in London in 1921, educated at Rugby School, where he was head boy, and Trinity College Cambridge, where he got a 1st class degree in French and Theology. He has been awarded a Lambeth DD, and has honorary doctorates from British, Canadian and American colleges. John Stott's biography has been written by Timothy Dudley-Smith. Volume 2 was published in 2001. All his life he has been a keen bird watcher and bird photographer, taking his binoculars and camera with him on all his travels. He reckons he has seen about 2,500 of the world's 9000 species of birds. His book, The Birds our Teachers, lavishly illustrated with his own photographs, was published in 1999 in UK by Candle Books, in USA by Baker, and also in several other languages. He has written over 40 books. His best known, Basic Christianity, has been translated into more than 50 languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth and New Issues Facing Christians Today, and eight New Testament expositions (Acts, Romans etc.) in the 'Bible Speaks Today' series published by IVP.