Biographies

The Great Awakening cannot be understood apart from the lives of those who lived through it and shaped it. This exhibit presents the biographies of several of the clergymen who preached the gospel of Jesus Christ during the Great Awakening. You can read about their lives, see their portraits, and read analyses of their preaching.

Jonathan Edwards

A Congregationalist minister who preached the Great Awakening in New England and whose writings explained the theology behind the Awakening.

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William Tennent

A Presbyterian minister and educator who established a Log College that trained the ministers of the Great Awakening.

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Gilbert Tennent

A Presbyterian minister and evangelist who stirred up the Great Awakening in the Middle Colonies.

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George Whitefield

An itinerant Anglican evangelist whose preaching on both sides of the Atlantic fused individual revivals into the Great Awakening.

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