John Raleigh Mott
American Methodist layman and evangelist who shared the Nobel Prize
for Peace in 1946 (with Emily Greene Balch) for his work in international
church and missionary movements.
Mott became student secretary of the International Committee of the
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), holding this position from
1888 until 1915. He was one of the organizers of the World Missionary
Conference (Edinburgh, 1910), which marked the beginning of the modern
ecumenical movement and which ultimately resulted in the formation of
the World Council of Churches. He was chairman of the Student Volunteer
Movement for Foreign Missions (1915-28) and of the International Missionary
Council (1921-42) and president of the World's Alliance of YMCAs (1926-37).
Mott wrote extensively, his works including The Future Leadership of
the Church (1909) and The Larger Evangelism (1944).