George Whitefield is the greatest evangelist in American history. He is also perhaps Britain’s greatest evangelist. Indeed, few figures in church history have made such a seismic impact for the gospel as Whitefield.
Whitefield was born December 16, 1714, in Gloucester, England. God used his preaching as one of the primary human catalysts to spawn the revivals of the mid-1700s known to posterity as the First Great Awakening. In honor of Whitefield’s 300th birthday, Baylor University historian Thomas Kidd has written a new biography on the famous evangelist: George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father (Yale). Kidd has researched and written extensively on the colonial period of America and revival in what would become the United States. His other works include The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America (Yale, 2009). Continue reading →