Many wonderful attachments can be done on a man like George Whitefield. He was definitely one of the greatest preachers during the post apostle era. He sure is an important historic figure in Christian history. He was born in Gloucester on 27TH December 1714 at Bell Inn, Southgate Street. His parents Thomas and Elizabeth Whitefield had six children before him; he was the seventh and the last. He was baptized in front of St Mary de Crypt. Whitefield contracted measles at the age of four, which left his left eye pointing inwards.
He attended the Crypt Grammar School at St Mary de Crypt from a tender age of twelve where he fell immensely in love with reading and performing plays. He finished his schooling at 15 where he started helping his mother in her inn though all this time he had much interest in the travelling players who passed by and even suggested acting with them. From a friend’s tip, he discovered that he was able to attend Oxford and pay for his fees by being a servant of a wealthier student (Jones, 2016). He went back to school and sharpened his skills on his Classical education. He went to Pembroke College, Oxford in the autumn of 1732. The skills he had acquired at the inn made him popular among the wealthier students. During this period he began attending church more regular. This is where he met Charles Wesley who lent him the most significant book he’d ever read: The Life of God in the Soul of Man by Henry Scougal. This greatly shook his faith and beliefs. He went to extremes to live well without sin, which did him no good. He had to go back home because of his health condition. Whitefiled was ordained before he was 23 after this period. He impressed the bishop, Martin Benson, on his character and made a deacon of the Church of England. In 1736, he found himself in the small village of Dummer ministering to normal people for the first time. Whitefield became popular for his means of preaching thereafter: he would preach lively and the message of being born again luring large congregations at sermons. He travelled on the December of 1737 to the Savannah. Without a pulpit to preach on, he began preaching in parks and fields reaching out to people who normally didn’t attend church. He sought to influence the colonies once he returned to England after his 1740 tour in America. William Seward was always beside him acting as his business coordinator and publicist. In Georgia, he built an orphanage that would act as a stronghold for his preaching when in America. Whitefiled had charisma when preaching. He had a loud voice. Benjamin Franklin once attended Whitefield’s revival meeting in Philadelphia and admired the man. They became close friends after this. Whtefield married but wanted to live as though he didn’t have one. This led to an unsatisfied love life from him. Whtefield had controversy follow him all through his ministry. This was because he preached of a new being and being born again. This had not been the case in his days. He fought on regardless. Even in terrible health, he still pushed to preach of the Good News. He died when he was 55 in 1770: his last sermon being in a field on top of a large barrel. He was buried on 30th September 1770 in a crypt under the pulpit of his church. These were his wishes. He lived a life of service and spreading the good news. This is why he is celebrated to this very day.