George Whitefield

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George Whitefield
George Whitefield by John Russell.jpg
Church of England preacher and evangelist and co-founder of the Methodist movement
Born December 16, 1714
Gloucester, England
Died September 30, 1770
Newburyport, Massachusetts

George Whitefield (December 16, 1714 - September 30, 1770), was a preacher in the Church of England. He was one of the leaders of the Methodist movement. Colonists loved to hear him preach of love and forgiveness as he had a different style of preaching compared to Old World priests. This led to new missionary work in the Americas in converting Indians to Christianity. He helped establish the Evangelical movement, which was based on the idea that salvation could be achieved through following God’s word through the Bible.