Gilbert Tennent (1703–1764) was a Presbyterian revivalist and son of the preacher William Tennent Sr. Gilbert immigrated to North America from Ireland with his parents in 1718. He was educated at his father’s Log College. Tennent experienced a religious conversion in 1723 and began a successful career as a popular revivalist preacher, serving primarily in New Jersey. Tennent toured the colonies with George Whitefield and, in 1740, issued his most famous sermon, The Danger of an Unconverted Ministry, a condemnation of anti-revival religious leaders. In 1741, Tennent lead a revivalist faction in withdrawing from the church, eventually joining Whitefield’s followers in Philadelphia and, in 1758, helping to reunite the church.

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