I had the privilege of meeting this evangelist-scholar in 1985. A crusade was being conducted in Chatham. John was the key-note speaker. Before the program began I saw him seated quietly backstage and obviously praying. As one of the helpers in the event I had some information to pass on to John. He looked up from his meditations and gave me the warmest smile; already knew my name. He was to go on and render a captivating message and call.
Hard to think of this man ever being silenced or set back in powers of expression.