The letters of 18th century evangelical revivalist George Whitefield are to be published for the first time.
Edited by historian Dr David Jones of Aberystwyth University and Dr Geordan Hammond of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, the first volume will be published in 2018, with a further six volumes to be printed at a later date.
Born in Gloucester, Whitefield (1714-70) was an Anglican clergyman renowned for his charismatic preaching. After studying at Oxford University, where he was close to the Wesley brothers, he inspired a Protestant renewal movement; often preaching to large open-air crowds throughout Britain, and even across the Atlantic in America. He addressed some of the largest crowds ever recorded – often up to 30,000, and sometimes considerably more – as part of the Great Awakening that spread across Britain and the American colonies. Read More
Heavenly Father, you sent your servant George Whitefield as a laborer into the harvest and through him inspired a Great Awakening in North America. May the the publication of his letters contribute to such an awakening in North America in our day. This we ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.