GEORGE WHITEFIELD (1714–1779) was born in Gloucester, England. He attended Pembroke College at Oxford. Charles and John Wesley became his friends and he was a member of the Holy Club. The group was highly disciplined and "methodical" in their performance of religion. In 1735, he read Henry Scougal's The Life of God and the Soul of Man and had a spiritual change and a new birth. Ordained in 1736, he started preaching and became very popular immediately. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean thirteen times and preached in churches and open fields. Gifted with a prodigious voice and untiring energy he preached to huge crowds with great consequence.
- Great-grandfather - Rector of North Ledyard, Wiltshire.
- Grandfather – Rev. Samuel Whitefield. Followed in his father's ministry.
- Father – Thomas Whitefield. Managed "The Bell Inn" in Gloucester. Died when George was two.
- Stepfather – Capel Longden. In the hardware business.
- Mother – Elizabeth Edwards.
- Brothers and sisters: (George was the youngest)
- 5 brothers
- 1 sister
George Whitefield's writings:
- A Journal of a Voyage from London to Savannah in Georgia.
- A Continuation of Mr. Whitefield's Journal, etc.
- A Collection of Hymns for Social Worship.
- Sermon Collections.
- Letter Collections.
- Tract Collections.