Mennonite Brethren Church of North America (Bruedergemeinde)

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Denominational Profile

History

Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church

merged intoMennonite Brethren Church of North America (Bruedergemeinde) (1860)

renamed toMennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of (1860)

The Mennonite Brethren Church of North America (Bruedergemeinde) was founded by Pastor Edward Wuest in 1860 and came to the United States in 1879 under the leadership of Abraham Schellenberg. Today it is known as the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 148 50 1,200
1929 145 67 6,654
1935 110 62 8,150
1939 - 52 8,103
1941 - 135 16,125
1947 - 145 18,410
1948 - 59 9,590
1950 220 49 10,262
1952 128 59 10,359
1954 252 75 11,930
1956 161 71 11,212
1957 282 71 11,060
1959 400 72 11,582
1961 172 87 13,000
1962 267 100 13,000
1965 173 81 13,171

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]