United Brethren in Christ

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Denominational Profile



United Brethren in Christ (1800)

merged intoEvangelical United Brethren (1946)


split into  Church of the United Brethren in Christ (1889)
United Christian Church (1877)

The United Brethren in Christ formed as a result of the work of Philip Otterbein, a German Pietist, with the help of Martin Boehm. Otterbein and Boehm began evangelistic work among the German immigrants in Pennsylvania.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 1,877 3,162 392,155
1929 1,875 2,914 399,073
1933 - 2,866 403,786
1935 1,718 2,856 409,874
1937 - 2,823 411,674
1941 - 2,809 421,689
1942 - 2,788 425,337
1944 - 2,748 433,480

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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