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Virtual symposium commemorating G. Whitefield; also examines the role of the evangelical church in racial justice.  Click to register.

Online Symposium: The Great Awakening Meets a Just Awakening. Register here

Virtual symposium commemorating G. Whitefield; also examines the role of the evangelical church in racial justice. Click to register.

Virtual symposium commemorating G. Whitefield; also examines the role of the evangelical church in racial justice. Click to register.

With a dynamic preaching style that thrilled his audiences, George Whitefield was heard by more people than anyone else of his time.

Part of the transatlantic spiritual revival known as “The Great Awakening” he preached a message of new spiritual birth and equality before God, which helped catalyze the American Revolution. Now considered “the Forgotten Founding Father” his preaching crossed barriers of race and class, but stopped short of embracing true social equality - a legacy that has haunted evangelicals for generations.

Old South Presbyterian Church, Whitefield’s final resting place, is commemorating the 250th anniversary of his death.

In Sept/Oct the church is hosting a variety of online events with a slate of internationally recognized, racially diverse preachers and scholars to highlight Whitefield’s influence on American history and the evangelical movement.This year also marks the opportunity to address the incomplete work of full racial justice to which we are just now awakening.

Please join us for this not-to-be-missed symposium to discover the essential intersection between personal spiritual transformation and a vision of equality that includes all God’s children.  We’re praying for a new revival: a Christ-fueled awakening to racial justice that honors Whitefield’s passionate love for God and His people.

By registering you will receive email reminders and links for all events.

For more information, please see the events page.


Virtual symposium commemorating G. Whitefield; also examines the role of the evangelical church in racial justice. Click to register.

With a dynamic preaching style that thrilled his audiences, George Whitefield was heard by more people than anyone else of his time.

Part of the transatlantic spiritual revival known as “The Great Awakening” he preached a message of new spiritual birth and equality before God, which helped catalyze the American Revolution. Now considered “the Forgotten Founding Father” his preaching crossed barriers of race and class, but stopped short of embracing true social equality - a legacy that has haunted evangelicals for generations.

Old South Presbyterian Church, Whitefield’s final resting place, is commemorating the 250th anniversary of his death.

In Sept/Oct the church is hosting a variety of online events with a slate of internationally recognized, racially diverse preachers and scholars to highlight Whitefield’s influence on American history and the evangelical movement.This year also marks the opportunity to address the incomplete work of full racial justice to which we are just now awakening.

Please join us for this not-to-be-missed symposium to discover the essential intersection between personal spiritual transformation and a vision of equality that includes all God’s children.  We’re praying for a new revival: a Christ-fueled awakening to racial justice that honors Whitefield’s passionate love for God and His people.

By registering you will receive email reminders and links for all events.

For more information, please see the events page.


All-town read. The Newburyport Public Library invites you to read this book as a family and join us for the discussion in Sept.

The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin and George Whitefield

All-town read. The Newburyport Public Library invites you to read this book as a family and join us for the discussion in Sept.

All-town read. The Newburyport Public Library invites you to read this book as a family and join us for the discussion in Sept.

Discover the details behind the surprising friendship between Ben Franklin and George Whitefield. We'll have an all-town discussion of this book as part of the launch of the event, "The Great Awakening Meets a Just Awakening." The town library has some copies of the book available. More information is available here.


All-town read. The Newburyport Public Library invites you to read this book as a family and join us for the discussion in Sept.

Discover the details behind the surprising friendship between Ben Franklin and George Whitefield. We'll have an all-town discussion of this book as part of the launch of the event, "The Great Awakening Meets a Just Awakening." The town library has some copies of the book available. More information is available here.


This discussion concludes this year's all-town read sponsored by the Newburyport Public Library

Book discussion – The Printer and the Preacher - Franklin and Whitefield

This discussion concludes this year's all-town read sponsored by the Newburyport Public Library

This discussion concludes this year's all-town read sponsored by the Newburyport Public Library

You are invited to read The Printer and the Preacher; Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship That Invented America by Randy Peterson. Great for adults and teens! On the evening of Sept. 24, please join us for a virtual book discussion as we discover the impact these two men - and their friendship - had on America at the time, and the continuing individual and intertwined legacies of each man. Please click here for more information and to register directly with the Library.


This discussion concludes this year's all-town read sponsored by the Newburyport Public Library

You are invited to read The Printer and the Preacher; Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship That Invented America by Randy Peterson. Great for adults and teens! On the evening of Sept. 24, please join us for a virtual book discussion as we discover the impact these two men - and their friendship - had on America at the time, and the continuing individual and intertwined legacies of each man. Please click here for more information and to register directly with the Library.


Join Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton for a worship service examining the place of race in religion. Sermon based on Mark 8:22-26

Worship Service: Time for Another Touch of Renewal? Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton

Join Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton for a worship service examining the place of race in religion. Sermon based on Mark 8:22-26

Join Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton for a worship service examining the place of race in religion. Sermon based on Mark 8:22-26

Jim Singleton is the Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2012-present). A Church Historian by training (Th.D. Boston University School of Theology), he has interests in the history of renewal movements, including the Great Awakening. His dissertation was on the history of evangelism within the Southern Presbyterian Church (1861-1961). Jim has also spent 29 years pastoring Presbyterian congregations in Texas, Washington, and Colorado.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Join Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton for a worship service examining the place of race in religion. Sermon based on Mark 8:22-26

Jim Singleton is the Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2012-present). A Church Historian by training (Th.D. Boston University School of Theology), he has interests in the history of renewal movements, including the Great Awakening. His dissertation was on the history of evangelism within the Southern Presbyterian Church (1861-1961). Jim has also spent 29 years pastoring Presbyterian congregations in Texas, Washington, and Colorado.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Join us online with jazz legend Jetro da Silva , along with Rev. Liz Walker. This is a FUNDRAISER for the Social Impact Center (link below)

Jazz Vespers with Rev. Liz Walker and Jetro da Silva

Join us online with jazz legend Jetro da Silva , along with Rev. Liz Walker. This is a FUNDRAISER for the Social Impact Center (link below)

Join us online with jazz legend Jetro da Silva , along with Rev. Liz Walker. This is a FUNDRAISER for the Social Impact Center (link below)

Rev. Liz Walker from Roxbury Presbyterian Church will lead worship from Roxbury Presbyterian Church, assisted by jazz legend Jetro da Silva, from LA.

Please consider donating - now, or at any time - to the Social Impact Center, The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing. This is a community-based approach to addressing the epidemic of PTSD in urban neighborhoods, fostering connection and empowering individuals to take an active role in helping themselves and others heal. All programming is free and takes place at 328 Warren Street, Roxbury. "CAN WE TALK?" A Community Conversation on Trauma, 6 PM on the last Thursday every month

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Join us online with jazz legend Jetro da Silva , along with Rev. Liz Walker. This is a FUNDRAISER for the Social Impact Center (link below)

Rev. Liz Walker from Roxbury Presbyterian Church will lead worship from Roxbury Presbyterian Church, assisted by jazz legend Jetro da Silva, from LA.

Please consider donating - now, or at any time - to the Social Impact Center, The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing. This is a community-based approach to addressing the epidemic of PTSD in urban neighborhoods, fostering connection and empowering individuals to take an active role in helping themselves and others heal. All programming is free and takes place at 328 Warren Street, Roxbury. "CAN WE TALK?" A Community Conversation on Trauma, 6 PM on the last Thursday every month

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Despite cancelled tours due to the virus, Old South is available for a virtual tour! Discover the answers to your Whitefield questions!

OnlineTour Of Old South Presbyterian Church with Focus on George Whitefield

Despite cancelled tours due to the virus, Old South is available for a virtual tour! Discover the answers to your Whitefield questions!

Despite cancelled tours due to the virus, Old South is available for a virtual tour! Discover the answers to your Whitefield questions!

The virtual tour will be available on our YouTube channel beginning at 7 pm on Monday, Sept. 28 and remain available indefinitely after that. It will also be available on our church website.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Despite cancelled tours due to the virus, Old South is available for a virtual tour! Discover the answers to your Whitefield questions!

The virtual tour will be available on our YouTube channel beginning at 7 pm on Monday, Sept. 28 and remain available indefinitely after that. It will also be available on our church website.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


"Whitefield as Footnote: Revivals and the First Age of African American Emancipation" Guest lecturer: Dr. Eric Washington.

Lecture -Whitefield: Revivals & First Age of African American Emancipation

"Whitefield as Footnote: Revivals and the First Age of African American Emancipation" Guest lecturer: Dr. Eric Washington.

"Whitefield as Footnote: Revivals and the First Age of African American Emancipation" Guest lecturer: Dr. Eric Washington.

This lecture will discuss slavery, race, and religion. There will be a Q&A after the lecture.

Dr. Eric Washington, a preeminent historian, is the director of the African and African Diaspora Studies program. He's also a member of the Board of Directors of Africa Network, a nonprofit consortium of liberal arts colleges committed to literacy about and concern for Africa in American higher education.

In terms of research interests, he's completing a book manuscript on African American Baptist missionaries in Africa from 1820-1920. In addition, he has a growing interest on the intersection of African literature and African history. He has presented papers on the works of Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Adichie and their engagement of history. He has also been working on the life of Oladuah Equiano and his Interesting Narrative.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


"Whitefield as Footnote: Revivals and the First Age of African American Emancipation" Guest lecturer: Dr. Eric Washington.

This lecture will discuss slavery, race, and religion. There will be a Q&A after the lecture.

Dr. Eric Washington, a preeminent historian, is the director of the African and African Diaspora Studies program. He's also a member of the Board of Directors of Africa Network, a nonprofit consortium of liberal arts colleges committed to literacy about and concern for Africa in American higher education.

In terms of research interests, he's completing a book manuscript on African American Baptist missionaries in Africa from 1820-1920. In addition, he has a growing interest on the intersection of African literature and African history. He has presented papers on the works of Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Adichie and their engagement of history. He has also been working on the life of Oladuah Equiano and his Interesting Narrative.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Worship service to commemorate the life, legacy and ministry of George Whitefield. Tom Schwanda, Mark Noll, Sean McGever. Paul Detterman.

Memorial Celebration of the Life, Legacy, & Ministry of George Whitefield

Worship service to commemorate the life, legacy and ministry of George Whitefield. Tom Schwanda, Mark Noll, Sean McGever. Paul Detterman.

Worship service to commemorate the life, legacy and ministry of George Whitefield. Tom Schwanda, Mark Noll, Sean McGever. Paul Detterman.

250 years ago, this was the actual date on which George Whitefield succumbed to asthma in a house looking over Old South Church. We'll commemorate with a special service live streamed from the Old South sanctuary, with guests: Dr. Tom Schwanda from Wheaton College; Dr. Sean McGever , Young Life and Grand Canyon University; Dr. Mark Noll, Regent College. In addition to tributes to Whitefield and a sermon, we will also premier a new hymn by Paul Detterman, commissioned for the commemoration.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Worship service to commemorate the life, legacy and ministry of George Whitefield. Tom Schwanda, Mark Noll, Sean McGever. Paul Detterman.

250 years ago, this was the actual date on which George Whitefield succumbed to asthma in a house looking over Old South Church. We'll commemorate with a special service live streamed from the Old South sanctuary, with guests: Dr. Tom Schwanda from Wheaton College; Dr. Sean McGever , Young Life and Grand Canyon University; Dr. Mark Noll, Regent College. In addition to tributes to Whitefield and a sermon, we will also premier a new hymn by Paul Detterman, commissioned for the commemoration.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Bryan Stevenson, presenter. "Next Steps" with Rev. Dr. Jim Longhurst and Sean M. Watkins

American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference

Bryan Stevenson, presenter. "Next Steps" with Rev. Dr. Jim Longhurst and Sean M. Watkins

Bryan Stevenson, presenter. "Next Steps" with Rev. Dr. Jim Longhurst and Sean M. Watkins

Bryan Stevenson will present during the first hour, followed by a discussion of "next steps", facilitated by Rev. Dr. Jim Longhurst, with Sean M. Watkins. "American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference."

Bryan Stevenson is an American lawyer, social justice activist, founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and a clinical professor at New York University School of Law. He is also the author of Just Mercy (on which the film by the same title is based).

Rev. Dr. Jim Longhurst, founder of Clapham Servants, and Executive Director of The Public Square Forum.

Sean M. Watkins is an InterVarsity alum and currently serves to produce discipleship and evangelistic materials to students through various social media platforms. He is pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Fuller Seminary.

Please register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Bryan Stevenson, presenter. "Next Steps" with Rev. Dr. Jim Longhurst and Sean M. Watkins

Bryan Stevenson will present during the first hour, followed by a discussion of "next steps", facilitated by Rev. Dr. Jim Longhurst, with Sean M. Watkins. "American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference."

Bryan Stevenson is an American lawyer, social justice activist, founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and a clinical professor at New York University School of Law. He is also the author of Just Mercy (on which the film by the same title is based).

Rev. Dr. Jim Longhurst, founder of Clapham Servants, and Executive Director of The Public Square Forum.

Sean M. Watkins is an InterVarsity alum and currently serves to produce discipleship and evangelistic materials to students through various social media platforms. He is pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Fuller Seminary.

Please register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Lecture by Rev. Greg Downes with Q&A. Details coming soon!

Lecture: Raising Up A New Generation of Evangelists to (Re)Build The Church

Lecture by Rev. Greg Downes with Q&A. Details coming soon!

Lecture by Rev. Greg Downes with Q&A. Details coming soon!

Please come back soon to discover more about this event!

Revd Greg Downes is the Director of Ministerial Training and Dean of The Wesley Centre for Missional Engagement at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He is the former chaplain of Pembroke College, Oxford University, where George Whitefield was an undergraduate and converted in 1735.

Greg is a member of the Archbishop's College of Evangelists and is a frequent speaker at missions around the UK and overseas. He is married to Tamie, a medical doctor, and they have two young daughters, Anastasia & Trinity.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Lecture by Rev. Greg Downes with Q&A. Details coming soon!

Please come back soon to discover more about this event!

Revd Greg Downes is the Director of Ministerial Training and Dean of The Wesley Centre for Missional Engagement at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He is the former chaplain of Pembroke College, Oxford University, where George Whitefield was an undergraduate and converted in 1735.

Greg is a member of the Archbishop's College of Evangelists and is a frequent speaker at missions around the UK and overseas. He is married to Tamie, a medical doctor, and they have two young daughters, Anastasia & Trinity.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Live reenactment of Whitefield preaching, available to view online later in the day.

Re-enactment of George Whitefield preaching at Pulpit Rock

Live reenactment of Whitefield preaching, available to view online later in the day.

Live reenactment of Whitefield preaching, available to view online later in the day.

George Whitefield is portrayed by a local pastor. Although Whitefield originally preached in a field, the area is now overgrown with many trees and both parking and viewing are limited. You are encouraged to view the event on our YouTube channel at 7 pm. All events for the commemorative week are available on the same channel.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Live reenactment of Whitefield preaching, available to view online later in the day.

George Whitefield is portrayed by a local pastor. Although Whitefield originally preached in a field, the area is now overgrown with many trees and both parking and viewing are limited. You are encouraged to view the event on our YouTube channel at 7 pm. All events for the commemorative week are available on the same channel.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


After a week+ commemorating the legacy of George Whitefield, we come together to  worship God, led by Canon Carrie Headington. Luke 14:15-24

Worship: The GREAT Feast: The Only One That Truly Satisfies. C. Headington

After a week+ commemorating the legacy of George Whitefield, we come together to worship God, led by Canon Carrie Headington. Luke 14:15-24

After a week+ commemorating the legacy of George Whitefield, we come together to worship God, led by Canon Carrie Headington. Luke 14:15-24

Worship: The GREAT Feast: The Only One That Truly Satisfies. Carrie Headington

George Whitefield left a powerful legacy regarding the human need for a spiritual awakening and a new birth in Jesus Christ. He also left undone a need for mutual love, trust, and compassion, regardless of race.

Canon Carrie Headington, from the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, will lead us in a special worship service live streamed from the Old South sanctuary. You are invited to join us at 10 am via live stream.

Carrie is an evangelist and apologist who communicates the Gospel locally, nationally, and internationally. She works with all Christian denominations in the area of personal and congregational evangelism, equipping them to be the hands, feet, and mouthpieces for God in their everyday lives. She offers numerous workshops aimed to help individuals and churches grasp God’s specific vision for them to reach out in their local communities and beyond. Carrie received two graduate degrees in Theology, Evangelism and Apologetics at Oxford University and is involved in numerous evangelistic movements including Lausanne, Emerging Evangelists, Ignite, and PhiloTrust with Canon J.John.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


After a week+ commemorating the legacy of George Whitefield, we come together to worship God, led by Canon Carrie Headington. Luke 14:15-24

Worship: The GREAT Feast: The Only One That Truly Satisfies. Carrie Headington

George Whitefield left a powerful legacy regarding the human need for a spiritual awakening and a new birth in Jesus Christ. He also left undone a need for mutual love, trust, and compassion, regardless of race.

Canon Carrie Headington, from the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, will lead us in a special worship service live streamed from the Old South sanctuary. You are invited to join us at 10 am via live stream.

Carrie is an evangelist and apologist who communicates the Gospel locally, nationally, and internationally. She works with all Christian denominations in the area of personal and congregational evangelism, equipping them to be the hands, feet, and mouthpieces for God in their everyday lives. She offers numerous workshops aimed to help individuals and churches grasp God’s specific vision for them to reach out in their local communities and beyond. Carrie received two graduate degrees in Theology, Evangelism and Apologetics at Oxford University and is involved in numerous evangelistic movements including Lausanne, Emerging Evangelists, Ignite, and PhiloTrust with Canon J.John.

Please Register on this page for all symposium events. You will receive links in advance.


Online forum to examine how the American church has failed Black Americans, and how we can reverse course. Click arrow below to register.

Online Forum - Can the Church Reverse Course on Social Injustice?

Online forum to examine how the American church has failed Black Americans, and how we can reverse course. Click arrow below to register.

Online forum to examine how the American church has failed Black Americans, and how we can reverse course. Click arrow below to register.

Public Square Forum: Can the Church Reverse Course on Social Injustice?

From the Whitefield2020 Events page, click here to visit the Forum registration page. Then click on the green "Register" button (upper right) to be notified about the following Public Square Forum online events. You are invited to attend all three events if you are able to do so:

Sun. Nov. 12, 7 pm - Discussion of the book White Fragility

Sun. Jan. 14, 7 pm - Just prior to MLK Jr. Day, we'll examine his "I have a Dream" speech, especially the parts that are least familiar

Sun. Feb. 25, 7 pm - For Black History Month, topic TBD

More information will be coming soon!


Online forum to examine how the American church has failed Black Americans, and how we can reverse course. Click arrow below to register.

Public Square Forum: Can the Church Reverse Course on Social Injustice?

From the Whitefield2020 Events page, click here to visit the Forum registration page. Then click on the green "Register" button (upper right) to be notified about the following Public Square Forum online events. You are invited to attend all three events if you are able to do so:

Sun. Nov. 12, 7 pm - Discussion of the book White Fragility

Sun. Jan. 14, 7 pm - Just prior to MLK Jr. Day, we'll examine his "I have a Dream" speech, especially the parts that are least familiar

Sun. Feb. 25, 7 pm - For Black History Month, topic TBD

More information will be coming soon!


The Great Awakening Meets A Just Awakening: Whitefield's 250th Commemorative Anniversary / August 3 — October 4, 2020, Online

The Great Awakening Meets A Just Awakening: Whitefield's 250th Commemorative Anniversary / August 3 — October 4, 2020, Online