Frances Whitehead

Remembering Frances Whitehead

Frances Whitehead, John Stott’s secretary of nearly 60 years, has gone to glory. She died peacefully Saturday, June 1, at her home in Bourne End in England. 

More than just John Stott’s secretary—she became Stott’s “right hand” throughout his whole ministry, from the time he was rector of All Souls church throughout his wider ministry with Langham Partnership and Lausanne. She managed John Stott’s correspondence (30 dictated letters a day!), typed up manuscripts for nearly all of his books (nearly 50!), served as organizer and gatekeeper of his schedule, and was instrumental in the early administration of the ministries that would grow to become Langham Partnership. In her service to John Stott, Frances served the global church. The impact of Langham Partnership on the global church is part of Frances Whitehead’s legacy, too. 

Though we have lost a friend and dedicated sister in Christ, we celebrate her life and remember her fondly. 

Read on if you’d like to learn more about Frances, or learn how you can make a gift in her memory. 

Listen: Frances Whitehead, in Her Own Words

Click to listen to Frances reminisce (with her typical humor and frankness) about her time working with Langham’s founder, John Stott. What was it like typing up the manuscripts for more than 50 of his books? Listen to this conversation from 2013 with Mark Meynell, director of Langham Preaching in Europe and the Caribbean, to find out.

Click here to read Mark Meynell’s own tribute to Frances Whitehead on his blog.

Our Gift to You When You Give in Honor of Frances

If you would like to honor Frances with a gift to Langham in her memory, we’d love to send you a copy of John Stott’s Right Hand: The Untold Story of Frances Whitehead. Written by Julia Cameron (who served on the boards of three of John Stott’s initiatives and is director of publishing for the Lausanne movement), the book shares Frances’s life story—and why her working relationship with John Stott has been described as “one of the greatest Christian partnerships of the 20th century.”

Click here to read an excerpt from the book.

Make a Donation in Memory of Frances Whitehead