When/Where he was born: George Whitefield was born on December 16, 1714 in Gloucester, U.K at the Bell Inn his parents owned.
His parents were Elizabeth Edwards and Thomas Whitefield. He was the youngest of six with five brothers and a sister.
Childhood Hobbies/Experiences: At only two years old his father past away. His favorite hobby was acting and would mimicked the preachers he heard at church. At 15 he became a diligent student of the Bible.
He dropped out of high school at age 15 to help his mother run the Inn. At 17 he entered Pembroke college in Oxford.
After graduating college he immediately began preaching. In his 20's he got married to a women he barely new named Elizabeth.
When/where he died:
He past away on September 29, 1770 in Newburyport Massachusetts.
What made him serve in missions: After joining the "Holy Club", his friend Charles Wesley loaned him a book called "The Life of God in the Soul of Man". He said it was the were Jesus Christ revealed himself to him and gave him the new birth.
What work he did and where:
He began preaching after college but didn't settle as the Minister of any church. Instead, he became an initeral preacher, preaching at churches all over England and America.
Legacy left behind due to work/significant achievements made:
He was a preacher and public figure who led many revival meetings. He became a religious icon who spread a message of personal salvation and a more democratic christianity.
"Nothing is more generally known than our duties which belong to Christianity; and yet, how amazing is it, nothing is less practiced?"
"Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you."
"At the day of judgement we shall all meet again."
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS/INFO:
About 80% of all American colonists heard him preach at least once.
In one week he often preached a dozen times or more and spent 40 to 50 hours in the pulpit.
Before getting married he and his wife had only spent less than a week together.
George Whitfield: Awakening the Nations to Repentance. christianvoice.org.UK. Christian Voice. 2012.WEB.24 April 2017
George Whitefield: Did you know?. christianitytoday.com. Christian History. 1956.WEB.24 April 2017
Biography of George Whitefield. greatawakeningdocumentary.com. The Great Awakening.2009.WEB.24 April 2017