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Sullivan County (Tennessee)

Religious Traditions, 2010

61,602 801 21,586 2,245 140 1,368 69,081
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 62 36,341 231.73
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 45 15,476 98.68
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
42 11,390 72.63
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 5,264 33.57
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 20 3,836 24.46
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 2,245 14.32
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 1,847 11.78
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,137 7.25
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,130 7.21
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 1,107 7.06
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,094 6.98
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 1,013 6.46
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 768 4.90
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 751 4.79
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 631 4.02
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 568 3.62
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 445 2.84
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 414 2.64
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 377 2.40
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 254 1.62
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 178 1.14
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 178 1.14
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 167 1.06
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 162 1.03
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 162 1.03
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 153 0.98
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 140 0.89
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 140 0.89
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 100 0.64
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 84 0.54
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 79 0.50
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 50 0.32
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 40 0.26
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 19 0.12
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 2 0.01
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 3 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Totals: 297 87,742  

The population of Sullivan County, Tennessee was 156,823 in 2010; in 2000 it was 153,048. The total population changed 2.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (87,742) included 55.9% of the total population in 2010.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at for those who are interested in these trends.


2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.

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