by Brandon Showalter, The Christian Post
The great-great-niece of Great Awakening preacher George Whitefield wants his remains exhumed and sent back to England, a desire that appears unlikely to happen.
George Whitefield, an English Anglican was an itinerant preacher and evangelist who in the 1740s preached in a series of revivals that would be later called The Great Awakening. He frequently preached before large crowds throughout the American colonies and it is estimated that his sermons reached millions.
The evangelist died at age 55 in the parsonage of the Old South Presbyterian Church in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He was buried soon thereafter beneath the pulpit. In London, a funeral service was held for him at which John Wesley, the founder of Methodism and a contemporary of Whitefield’s, preached.
Yet according to Whitefield’s great-great-niece, Vicki Kenderline, an American, the famed preacher wanted to be buried in England next to his wife and she claims that the historic church is ignoring his wish.
In a Tuesday interview with the Sunday Times (UK), Kenderdine said that soon after he died the church where he had preached his final sermons quickly buried him.
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