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George Whitefield is often mentioned as a great religious figure and the founder of Methodism. This was because of his preaching in early America during “The Great Awakening, which was an 18th century movement of Christian revivals. As a great religious figure, he had the desire to do as much good as he could in the world and to bring as many souls as possible into the Redeemer’s Kingdom. He was a successful preacher because of the way he treated others and how he was devoted to preaching.
George Whitefield was born on December 16, 1714. He was the son of a widow who owned an inn at Gloucester. He was the seventh and youngest child of Elizabeth Edwards and Thomas Whitefield. He had a loving, generous, unselfish personality. (Abbey & Overton 265) He was raised at the Bell Inn and at about the age of 15, he left school. Instead of attending school, he helped his mother with daily work at the inn. Later on, his mother was visited by an Oxford student who encouraged George, to enter college. He came from a poor background so he couldn’t pay for his tuition. Due to this, he entered Oxford as a servitor, waking higher ranked students up in the morning, polishing their shoes, carrying their books, and sometimes, doing their work. After a year, he met John and Charles Wesley and joined the Holy Club. Charles allowed him to loan a book named “The Life of God in the Soul of Man” and Whitefield read it. After reading it, he became concerned for the state of soul. He then became passionate for preaching his new found faith, and at the age of 22, he was elevated to a degree of notoriety. (Abbey & Overton 265)
Whitefield’s first preaching was in the Crypt Church in Gloucester. He went to America in 1738 and became a priest of Savanna, Georgia. He started to preach in open air after churches refused to admit him. Around ten to twenty thousand hearers gathered just to hear him preach. The crowd included colliers, philosophers, and statesmen. (Abbey & Overton 265) Some could hardly keep from crying. Those who had heard him preach said that he had a fine presence and attractive features. (Abbey & Overton 266) They said that he had a magnificent voice that could be heard from a mile away and that it was not the words of the sermons that attracted them, but it was the drama he would put in while preaching and his powerful voice that attracted them.
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