WEC: World Evangelization Conference

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Dr. Chris Wright
International Director, Langham Partnership International


Chris Wright was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1947, the son of missionary parents, and nurtured as an Irish Presbyterian. After university in Cambridge, he started his career as a schoolteacher in Grosvenor High School, Belfast. Then, 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.

Chris is also the Chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group.

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.

He has written several books, including:

  • Living as the People of God: The Relevance of OT Ethics (IVP)
  • God’s People in God’s Land (Eerdmans / Paternoster)
  • Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament (Monarch / IVP)
  • Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament (Monarch, IVP)
  • Knowing God the Father through the Old Testament (Monarch, IVP)
  • Deuteronomy: New International Biblical Commentary (Hendrikson / Paternoster)
  • Thinking Clearly about the Uniqueness of Jesus (Monarch)
  • The Message of Ezekiel, The Bible Speaks Today (IVP)
  • Old Testament Ethics for the People of God (IVP)
  • The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (IVP)
  • Life Through God’s Word: Psalm 119 (Authentic)
  • Salvation Belongs to Our God: Celebrating the Bible’s Central Story (IVP)

Chris, who enjoys running, birding, and watching rugby, has a passion to bring to life the relevance of the OT to Christian mission and ethics, and loves preaching and teaching the Bible. He and his wife Liz live in London and have four adult children and five grandchildren.