James Innell Packer, better known to many as J. I. Packer, was one of the most famous and influential evangelical leaders of our time. He was born in a village outside of Gloucester, England, on July 22, 1926. His conversion to Christ happened within two weeks of his matriculation as an undergraduate at Oxford University. He spent the first half of his career in England before moving to Canada for the second half. In England, Packer held various teaching posts at theological colleges in Bristol, during which he had a decade-long interlude as warden (director) of Latimer House in Oxford, a clearinghouse for evangelical interests in the Church of England.