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In Their Own Words

October 30, 1738

Whitefield Preaching Noted

Trustees secretary William Stephens noted the traits which would make George Whitefield one of the leading evangelists of his era:

“… For Mr. Whitfield being a man of peculiar Eloquence in the Pulpit, had captivated his Hearers very much; and withal after reading the second Lesson, was wont generally to expound on the whole Chapter extempore, with great Volubility; to make Room for which, he laid aside the use of the first Lesson, and the Psalms, which undoubtedly carry in them the highest Spirit of Devotion… .”

Source: William Stephens, A Journal of the Proceeding in Georgia ([no city cited]: Readex Microprint Corporation, 1966), Vol. I, p. 315.