Old Order Amish Mennonite Church

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Old Order Amish Mennonite Church

continuedOld Order Amish Mennonite Church

   

split into  Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches (1927)
Conservative Amish Mennonite Conference (1910)

The Old Order Amish Mennonite Church was founded in Switzerland in the seventeenth century by Mennonites under the leadership of Jacob Amman. The Amish first came to America in the eighteenth century and have become known for the horse and buggy culture they perpetuate.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 290 102 7,627
1929 293 106 8,698
1935 346 127 8,500
1937 - 127 9,298
1940 - 150 11,681
1943 - 151 12,053
1944 - 155 13,408
1948 - 225 13,182
1950 691 155 14,494
1951 - 193 15,270
1952 710 198 15,181
1953 725 203 15,435
1954 - 209 15,371
1955 775 222 16,471
1956 786 228 16,794
1957 838 240 16,915
1958 838 246 17,480
1959 881 244 17,321
1960 924 251 17,284
1961 946 260 17,857
1962 985 269 18,534
1963 - 280 19,456
1964 1,032 283 20,079
1965 1,074 285 20,416
1966 1,083 301 21,023
1967 - - 22,000
1969 950 325 21,500
1972 1,479 365 14,720
1978 2,007 513 33,000
1979 2,140 535 80,250
1980 2,151 535 80,250
1981 2,368 589 82,460
1983 - 598 34,000
1984 2,595 598 34,000
1985 - 598 34,000
1986 - 696 62,640
1987 2,910 722 64,980
1988 3,049 756 68,040
1989 3,140 785 70,650
1992 3,517 873 78,570
1993 3,617 898 80,820
2001 3,617 898 80,820

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]