Bethel Ministerial Association

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Denominational Profile


The Bethel Ministerial Association was founded in 1934 by the Rev. Albert Franklin Varnell.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1970 105 15 2,500
1971 57 25 5,000
1982 81 15 1,500
1983 57 15 3,500

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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