Al graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970. Two years after graduation he was converted to Christ in April of 1972. After remaining for two years in business, he was called into the ministry of the Gospel. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1974 to 1977 where he received the Master of Divinity degree, and in 1978 he was ordained to the Gospel ministry. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1998. Over the years God has taught Al much and blessed him by allowing him the privilege of traveling with, learning from, and enjoying deep fellowship with, a number of great men of God. Men like Leonard Ravenhill, Vance Havner, and Manley Beasley have left an indelible mark on Al’s life and preaching.
Al’s active preaching ministry began in the 1970s while he was in seminary. For three years while in seminary he led a weekly street ministry to the inner city of Fort Worth, and also a campus ministry of one-to-one personal evangelism and discipleship. Completing seminary in 1977, he was invited to join Precept Ministries, a non-denominational ministry and conference center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There he was the co-teacher with Kay Arthur and was involved in the ministry of preaching and teaching the truths of God’s Word to thousands of people weekly across the United States and around the world. Strong emphasis was given to equipping God’s people to study the Word of God inductively and to apply the Scriptures to their hearts and everyday life. In 1984, after six years with Precept Ministries, Al was called to join the worldwide ministry of Ambassadors for Christ International. AFCI is a fellowship of preachers and teachers of God’s Word who seek to serve the Church of Jesus Christ as catalysts for genuine spiritual revival and world evangelism, primarily through itinerant preaching/teaching ministries and calling the churches to authentic prayer. Al works with AFCI based out of Atlanta, Georgia having an extensive preaching/teaching ministry. His ministry encompasses many denominations across the United States and in other nations as well, where he has been privileged to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ from God’s Word in more than 65 countries. For more than forty five years God has sent Al to preach, teach, and minister across the USA, Europe, India, Canada, Africa, Asia, Japan, Australia, the Pacific nations, and in countries behind the former Iron Curtain.
One of the greatest desires of his heart is to see Heaven sent revival…. a genuine move of God in the Churches of Jesus Christ, both here in America and around the world. “True God-sent revival,” Al says, “will return true believers to God’s standard of living…Christ Himself in you, the Hope of Glory! Only when the church is willing to allow the Holy Spirit to transform her into what Jesus Christ died for her to become, and lives to insure that she will be, will the world feel once again the full impact of quality Christianity. Then, obedience to the Great Commission will overflow out of the Church’s worshipping hearts. With a burning passion she will impact the world in the measure that God intended and longs for!” It is Al’s firm conviction that Christians must be called to face the full implications of the weight of Scripture and allow the marvelous enabling grace of God to transform every area of their lives. Authentic prayer must, once again, become the vital breath of the church of the Lord Jesus. “There must be an unmistakable scriptural call given to those who name the Name of Christ to know Him, love Him, worship Him, honor Him, serve Him, and obey Him. Then the joy of the Lord will truly be our strength, and His love will constrain us as we walk with Him in the beauty of His holiness. Then the world will take notice of the fruit of the glorious message of the Gospel, and the Spirit of God will draw precious souls to our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. God’s presence in and on His people will once again arrest the attention of a world that so desperately needs to know Him.”
“Since the day I met Al Whittinghill over 40 years ago (when Jack and I invited him and Mary Madeline to come on staff at Precept Ministries International) his passion and zeal for holiness and prayer have never changed. From that time on, I knew God would use him greatly wherever he went because his message is so rich and so Biblical. When my dear brother speaks, I want him to pause almost after every statement so I might savor its richness, and ponder its truth. He is truly a man of God for this hour, that we the church might be prepared to meet our God.” –Kay Arthur, Precept Ministries International
“I have known Al Whittinghill for 20 years, and few men are as consistent in their Christian life as he is. This man has something to say that all of us need to hear.” –Ron Blue, Founder, The Ronald Blue Company
“I have known Al Whittinghill for many years. I recommend him as a highly ethical and committed Christian and an excellent teacher.” –The late Larry Burkett, President and Founder, Christian Financial Concepts
“Al is a gifted and forceful teacher of God’s Word who uses practical applications and real life examples to relate God’s message to everyday life … An unusually gifted and dynamic speaker that communicates God’s Word in a vibrant and life-changing way. His character, depth of experience and practical approach to God’s truth allow him to speak to a broad cross section of people.” –Phil Downer, Past President, C.B.M.C.
“Al’s life and message spring from a deep love of God and a watchman’s concern for the Church. The Lord is using him mightily in these last days to issue a clear call to those who are hungry for spiritual truth.” –Steve Green, Recording Artist
“”I have known Al Whittinghill for over 30 years, and he has personally made a huge impact in my life. When I first heard Al preach, I recommitted my life to Christ. I was then fortunate to spend two years in a Men’s Accountability ministry in the Atlanta area that he led which established life principles I am still walking in today. We have ministered together numerous times in Asia during my service with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Each time Al’s heart for prayer and his love for Pastors always made a strong impact on the churches in every city. Al passion for Christ and his devotion to the local church is refreshing. I recommend Al for any ministry opportunities you may have for one who will preach the Gospel of Christ with passion, conviction, and power. “ -Rev. Chad Hammond – Vice President of Global Ministry and Strategic Initiatives Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef
“Al is a Spirit-filled servant and exudes excitement and enthusiasm in his preaching and ministry. He is a prayer warrior with a burden for spiritual awakening in our nation and world. He has always exhibited credibility and the highest Christian integrity. He is deeply committed to preaching and teaching the Word of God.” –Richard A. Harris Southern Baptist Convention
” I perceive that this man is a prophet who has a word for this generation….” –The late Dr. Vance Havner
“The focus of the Rev. Al Whittinghill’s ministry is the local church. His heart’s desire is once again for the revival fires to burn in it and to be channeled through it. I deeply appreciate the type of theology that produces men of his vision and zeal and makes his preaching powerful and effective. This preaching is expository in the finest of traditions, is Spirit-filled, aims at the heart and seeks a transformed life that makes a difference.” –Dr. Henry Krabbendam
“Al is a dedicated, committed servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. He would be an asset to any Kingdom work.” –The Late Rev. Peter Lord, Pastor, Park Avenue Baptist Church
“Al has a great burden for helping all of us cultivate intimacy with Christ. Amid the political, racial, and moral rancor in our culture, Al reminds us of what is most important, and that is the glory of God in our individual lives and in our churches. He humbly reminds us that this begins by seeing our great need in the presence of our great Savior. To hear Al, is to have a desire to love our Savior more and ourselves less.” – Pastor Erwin W. Lutzer Pastor Emeritus, Moody Church
“Al’s message is undiluted. He preaches the Lordship of Christ and the power of a Spirit-filled life. I warmly recommend Al Whittinghill to God’s people everywhere.” –The late Dr. Stephen Olford, Encounter Ministries
“My friend and brother Al Whittinghill has been touched with a live coal. He truly points the way and also leads the way. “A man whose heart the Lord has touched” 1 Sam.10:26. Hear him.” –The Late Dr. Leonard Ravenhill
“I was brought to faith in Jesus Christ as a youth. At that time theological liberalism dominated most of the churches of upstate New York where I was raised. Now, sixty some years later, classical liberalism is all but dead and evangelicalism pervades much of the nation. But, Alas! Evangelicals seem to be as lacking in purity, passion, and power as liberals were then. At a time when the voice of the prophet of God is desperately needed in the church there are alarmingly few who even call the church to repentance, and fewer who do so under “The Burden of the Lord”. Notable among this small band of exceptions – mighty men of God – is Al Whittinghill. Listen to him! He has the Father’s heart for His wayward church. Give him platform! He will voice the cry of the Holy Spirit for purity, passion, and power in your midst. Turn him loose among your people! And when you do so, expect them to fall in love afresh with Jesus Christ and true religion!” –Dr. Richard Owen Roberts, President, International Awakening Ministries
“I have had the privilege of being ministered to under the anointed ministry of Al Whittinghill. Al is powerfully and obviously led by the Holy Spirit. I believe his ministry is on the cutting edge of what the Lord is doing”‘ –Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice
“Al Whittinghill speaks with the cadence, eloquence and power of the revivalists who stepped on God’s platform over a century ago and changed the world. Yet, he preaches a message that is totally relevant to the complexities of our day. Al challenges my mind, awakens my heart and holds my attention while proclaiming the unchanging, living Word of God. I commend my dear brother to you with my highest recommendation!” –Mrs. Jan Silvious, Conference Speaker, Author
“Al Whittinghill is a man who has a strong, deep abiding conviction that the Bible will provide the answers for everyday life. He has a unique ability to share this conviction in a fresh convincing way. I highly recommend Al to any church for Bible conferences, revival meetings, pulpit supply or missionary conferences. You will hear expository Biblical preaching and teaching at it’s finest.” –The Late Dr. Charles Stanley, Pastor First Baptist Church Atlanta
“It has been a privilege to sit under Al Whittinghill’s ministry. Not only has he a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures, but also he is able to share what the Lord is doing in his own life, making the Word come alive. Al is a man who knows that God means what He says, and he applies it in his own life. In so doing his preaching blesses many. I can highly recommend his ministry.’” –The Late Mrs. Cam Townsend, Co-founder, Wycliffe Bible Translators
“As one personally burdened for the instructional needs of the body of Christ, I rejoice when I observe the growing influence of teachers such as Al Whittinghill. With an unswerving commitment to the Scriptures and a heart committed to service, Al is poised to influence the church at large for years to come. I commend Al and his ministry of teaching without reservation.” –Bruce Wilkinson Founder, Walk Through the Bible Ministries
“‘I commend Al Whittinghill and his ministry to your church or organization. I believe you will be greatly edified and challenged as you are exposed to the burning message that is upon his heart and which he is able to deliver with such Biblical clarity and unction..” –George Verwer, Operation Mobilization
Resources from Al Whittinghill
The Promised Helper And How To Be Filled With Him | Session 4Related Media
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