His parents were rather poor innkeepers, therefore, he had no money for college. George Whitfield paid for college by being a servitor at Oxford. At Oxford, he met the Wesley Brothers and was later part of a group called Holy Time.
Holy Time taught a very Legalistic style of Christianity, and George Whitfield felt that something was missing. He did everything properly, knew a lot about the bible, yet he did not feel as if everything was going right. Thus, on his knees, he cried out in prayer to God one day and became a Convert.
After this experience, George Whitfield became very passionate about God and became a preacher. He visited American colonies as a parish priest and did much work in colonies. George Whitfield's life would be dedicated to helping Orphanages along with preaching. He later Returned to England to raise funds and continued preaching. George Whitfield was not assigned to a single church and worked as a traveling minister in America. He made several trips to the colonies, and died and was buried in the colonies.
Some people claimed George Whitfield's voice could be heard for 5 miles, and for this reason, he could preach to thousands of people without things like a microphone. Franklin was a skeptic and went to hear George Whitfield preach, and at first decided to not give a cent, but slowly and truly gave almost everything he carried there. By small coins, all the way to gold articles on his clothes!! Most of the time, people listened, and many of those repented and were converted, but also many times people started riots.
George Whitfield died in 1770 and is remembered for being the greatest man of the First Great Awakening.