The Old Log College

During the Great Awakening, William Tennent established an academy (as a ministry of the local church) for the training of ministers of the gospel who would spread the principles and theology of that Awakening throughout the mid-Atlantic and northeast region.  The college was a log building adjacent to a church in Bucks County, PA that measured 20 by 20 and took on about ten students at a time.  The school was ridiculed by some with the moniker “The Log College.”  However, fiery preachers of the gospel emerged from these humble beginnings to carry on the work begun by men like George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards and the Tennents themselves.

“The place wherein the young men study now is, in contempt, called the College.  It is a log house, about twenty feet long, and nearly as many broad; and, to me, it seemed to resemble the school of the old prophets.  That their habitations were mean, and that they sought not great things for themselves, is plain from that passage of Scripture, wherein we are told, that at the feast of the sons of the prophets, one of them put on the pot, whilst the others went to fetch some herbs out of the field.  From this despised place, seven or eight worthy ministers of Jesus have lately been sent forth; more are almost ready to be sent; and a foundation is now being laid for the instruction of many others.  The devil will certainly rage against them; but the work, I am persuaded, is of God, and will not come to nought.  Carnal ministers oppose them strongly; and, because people, when awakened by Mr. Tennent, or his brethren, see through them, and therefore leave their ministry, the poor gentlemen are loaded with contempt, and looked upon as persons who turn the world upside-down.”  –George Whitefield in George Whitefield’s Journals, page 354-55