“George Whitefield and the Great Awakening” October 21-22, 2014

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George Whitefield was not only the most celebrated preacher of the eighteenth century, but he was also a central figure in the creation of modern Evangelicalism. His emphasis on the new birth, his passion for evangelism, his ability to cross denominational boundaries and build networks of Christians based on the gospel and Reformation convictions were central features in what we know today as Evangelicalism. In this conference celebrating the tercentennial of the birth of Whitefield (1714), we will explore these key themes of this remarkable Christian’s life and what they meant for his day and mean for ours.

To register and for more information, visit the conference website.

Tentative schedule below:


 11:00 am-1:30 pm    Registration; check in

 1:30 pm    Session I – “The Calvinism of George Whitefield” (Thomas S. Kidd)

 3:00 pm    Session II – “George Whitefield: Anglican evangelist” (Lee Gatiss)

 5:30 pm    Dinner

 7:00 pm    Session III – “George Whitefield & the Wesleys” (Stephen Nichols)

 8:30 pm    Session IV – “Preaching George Whitefield” (Steve Lawson)


8:00 am    Breakfast

9:00 am    Session V – “The Spirituality of George Whitefield” (Bruce Hindmarsh)

10:30 am    Session VI – “Whitefield’s preaching and the politics of Empire” (Jerome Mahaffey)

12:00 pm    Lunch

2:30 pm    Short papers (12 papers; 30 min ea.) Short studies on Whitefield’s friends and biographers (PDF)

5:30 pm    Dinner

7:00 pm    Session VII – “The Legacy of George Whitefield” (David Bebbington)

8:30 pm    Session VIII – “The Hymnody of the Great Awakening” (Esther Crookshank)