With an introduction by Jon Butler, Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Yale University
Gilbert Tennent, the son of religious leader William Tennent, became pastor of the Presbyterian Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He soon met and was inspired by Dutch Reformed minister Theodorus Frelinghuysen, who emphasized piety and conversion in his sermons. Both Tennent and Frelinghuysen stirred religious fervor and revivalism among their congregations.
Theodorus Frelinghuysen began his career as a Dutch Reformed preacher in New Jersey in January 1721.
Theodorus Frelinghuysen (1691–ca. 1747) was a Dutch Reformed minister and revivalist leader during a period often referred to as the Great Awakening. Frelinghuysen immigrated to North America in 1719 and served as a pastor to several congregations in New Jersey.He clashed with the local clergy over the church’s formality and message. Emphasizing piety over orthodoxy, Frelinghuysen’s itinerant influence was felt throughout the Middle Colonies, earning him a prominent place among other revivalist leaders such as George Whitefield and Jonathan...