George Whitefield and George Whitfield
George Whitefield was an early associate of the Wesleys at Oxford University and in the Methodist societies. He was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford; B.A., 1736; ordained deacon in 1736 and priest in 1739. His evangelical conversion occurred in 1735. He went as missionary to Georgia in 1738, and founded an orphanage near Savannah in 1740. Hepreached extensively in the American colonies. In 1741 he opened a Tabernacle near Moorfields in England; this building was little more than a temporary shed, replaced in 1753 by a brick building. In 1756 he opened a chapel in Tottenham Court Road, London, and a tabernacle in Bristol. He served for a time as domestic chaplain to Lady Huntingdon, and in 1768 he opened her college at Trevecca. Whitefield left for his last visit to America in 1769, and in 1770 he died at Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he is buried in the Old South Church. At his request, John Wesley preached at his memorial service on Sunday, November 18, 1770, at both the chapel in Tottenham
Court Road, London, and at the Tabernacle near Moorfields.
George Whitfield (spelled without a middle “e”) was a Methodist preacher, the traveling companion of John Wesley (to Holland in 1783 and to Scotland in 1784), and Book Steward from 1789 to 1804. He succeeded John Aday (b. 1736), the first Book Steward (1773-1788), and continued afterward to serve as assistant to Robert Lomas, his successor. He was appointed to the London circuit in 1785. He was not related to George Whitefield, the famous evangelist, and probably never met him. His name is sometimes misspelled “Whitefield,” as in Hurst, The History of Methodism, Vol. Ill, p. 1111, and in the index to Dallimore, George Whitefield , Vol. 2, p. 602. Whitfield was an early influence in the first of the many “Book Concerns” which have furthered the ministry of worldwide Methodism. Whitfield wrote Remarks on the Injustice and Immorality of Slavery. He was at John Wesley’s bedside when Wesley died and is buried at Wesley’s Chapel, City Road, London.
See the article on George Whitfield by Frank Baker in Nolan Bailey Harmon (1892—1993), ed., The Encyclopedia of World Methodism (Nashville, Tennessee: Published by The United Methodist Publishing House, 1974), Volume II, p. 2556; Arnold A. Dallimore, George Whitefield (Edinburgh
[Scodand] and Carlisle, Pennsylvania: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1980), Vol. 2, pp. 542-543; John Fletcher Hurst (1834-1903), The History of Methodism (New York: Eaton 8c Mains, 1902), British
Methodism, Vol. Ill, p. 1111.