Heroes: George Whitefield (2 of 5)

1714 –1770


This Anglican minister has become known as one of if not the primary leader of the Great Awakening. While Jonathan Edwards may have been its Theologian, and John Wesley its tireless preacher, this man led the charge as the pioneer to turn America and England back to God.

"I will not be a velvet mouth preacher!" - G. Whitefield

“Sober estimates are that he [preached] about 1,000 times every year for 30 years” (J. Piper).

He traveled across America and England and preached to enormous crowds, simply by standing on a hill and proclaiming the Gospel. He regularly spoke to crowds of 8,000 people and even spoke to a group over 20,000 on one occasion! He preached so much and so well that “His whole life may be said to have been consumed in the delivery of one continuous, or scarcely interrupted sermon.”

He became a phenomenon as a preacher, as tears gushed down his face, calling-out his listeners to turn to Christ. He was beloved in England and America and it is said that “No preacher has ever retained his hold on his hearers so entirely as he did for thirty-four years. His popularity never waned.” Perhaps he was the greatest preacher to ever live.


“I know no other reason why Jesus has put me into the ministry, than because I am the chief of sinners, and therefore fittest to preach free grace to a world lying in the wicked one.”


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