America’s Spiritual Founding Father at 300

Jeff Robinson | October 27, 2014

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).

Working with Kidd, The Gospel Coalition is pleased to make available to you additional resources to share with your Sunday school classes and small groups to commemorate Whitefield's birth and his vital role in building the evangelical movement. Kidd has written three short lessons suitable for distribution and aid in teaching others about Whitefield's passion for the gospel, his theology and break with John and Charles Wesley…

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