George Whitefield proclaimed the Christian message to more people in history than anyone else, before or since, who spoke with an unaided voice.
A preacher of revival almost from his childhood, when he prophesied his own destiny, he had a profound impact on the social, religious and political life of both Britain and America.
He crossed the Atlantic thirteen times, and merged as a celebrity figure, whose message captivated both rich and poor alike.
Whitefield heralded a new kind of revival that was both spiritually powerful and entertaining at the same time.
He was also a man of contradictions. He loved the Anglican liturgy but would happily break canon law.
He was a devoted Puritan yet he was also able to befriend those with more liberal morals, Above all, Whitefield was a driven man, and his overwhelming passion was to preach New Birth in Christ - the theme he was to speak on over a thousand times.
He valued education, opposed slavery, cared for orphan children and changed the course of both British and American history.