African Methodist Episcopal Church

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Denominational Profile

History

Methodist Episcopal Church

split into  African Methodist Episcopal Church (1787)

continuedAfrican Methodist Episcopal Church

   

split into  Kodesh Church of Emmanuel (1929)
Reformed Methodist Union Episcopal Church (1885)
Zion Union Apostolic Church (1869)

The African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1787 by the Rev. Richard Allen and former members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 7,031 7,241 698,029
1929 7,315 7,390 781,692
1931 - - 581,750
1933 - 7,115 650,000
1935 6,500 7,115 650,000
1937 - 7,115 -
1939 - 7,115 650,000
1942 - 7,265 868,735
1946 - - 868,735
1950 7,173 5,878 1,166,301
1951 7,089 5,878 1,166,301
1978 3,870 3,000 1,950,000
1979 3,938 3,050 1,970,000
1980 6,170 6,000 2,050,000
1981 6,550 6,200 2,210,000
1991 - 8,000 3,500,000
1999 14,428 4,174 2,500,000
2009 6,000 4,100 2,500,000

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The National Council of Churches' data collection was discontinued after the 2012 Yearbook was published, and has been resumed by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The tables and graphs will be updated when the new collection is available. See the Yearbook of Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]


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