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Gaston County, North Carolina - County Membership Report (2020)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 139 48,975 214.86
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 53 23,414 102.72
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 2 15,555 68.24
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 32 10,123 44.41
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 28 5,477 24.03
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 15 3,797 16.66
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 1 3,174 13.92
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 18 3,142 13.78
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 9 2,878 12.63
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 5 2,166 9.50
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 6 1,692 7.42
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 3 1,605 7.04
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 5 1,170 5.13
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 8 986 4.33
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 13 912 4.00
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 6 842 3.69
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 3 826 3.62
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 590 2.59
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 470 2.06
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 360 1.58
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 3 342 1.50
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 2 250 1.10
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 207 0.91
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 180 0.79
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 150 0.66
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 131 0.57
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 122 0.54
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 86 0.38
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 1 83 0.36
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 0 59 0.26
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 38 0.17
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 1 34 0.15
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 20 0.09
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 1 11 0.05
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 6
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 10
Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite) Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 227,943 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (129,867) included 57.0% of the total population in 2020. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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