He followed John Stott as Rector of All Souls Langham Place from 1983 to his retirement in 2004. He was in many ways a quite different preacher from his predecessor and we were privileged to hear him preach on visits to London. He has a very human touch and great sense of humour – and if I could say I enjoyed his sermons, despite the seriousness of the subjects, I would. Needless to say, we brought home many cassettes of his sermons (now online) which were a challenge and blessing.
One gets some idea of his activities: preacher, author, radio and TV personality, hymn writer, convention speaker – to say nothing of all the high-flown bodies on which he serves. See www.richardbewes.com/bio.html There are many interesting articles on this site as well as his bio in his own words. As he says, he had an idyllic childhood. Born of missionary parents on the slopes of Mount Kenya, he left for England to attend secondary school and later Cambridge University followed by ministerial studies at Ridley Hall Theological College, also in Cambridge. He was the Chairman of the 1989 Billy Graham Mission in London, and was Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth who awarded him the OBE for services to the Church of England on his retirement. Click resources on the above site for books he has written, hymns he has written. See www.richardbewes.com/ for his Pocket Bible Thoughts Online with Richard Bewes.
There are interesting pictures of Richard Bewes if one Googles Images of Richard Bewes.
To listen or download many of his sermons see www.allsouls.org Search Richard Bewes sermons.
He is undoubtedly a great modern preacher who has used all his various gifts in his service for our Lord and continues doing so even though well into retirement.
May we in our small ways, emulate his example. We have only one life and only one opportunity to serve. Make the most of it. It is all that will count in the end!
Tragically South Africa has the highest incidence and the greatest number of new cases of Aids/HIV in the world. Most of the new cases are amongst the young adult population and is symptomatic of the moral decline and Godlessness in our society. The Nakekela Christian Community Centre is a Christian based organization which “Strives to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the community”. It cares for the terminally ill in the KwaMhlanga community. Since its inception in 2005 it has cared for 720 patients in its 14 bed facility. It has a good website with a photo gallery which is really worth looking at. See www.nakekela.co.za