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The Seventh-day Adventist Church grew out of the work of William Miller, who predicted the Second Coming of Christ in 1843/44. After the failure of the prophecy, many attracted to his message reorganized. Some who continued as Adventists and also accepted sabbath worship found new leadership in the persons of Ellen G. White and James White.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 835 2,253 112,255
1929 915 2,250 119,843
1931 - - 128,313
1933 - 2,277 135,766
1935 995 2,274 149,595
1937 - 2,362 156,205
1940 - 2,565 176,218
1942 - 2,491 186,478
1944 - 2,531 194,832
1946 - - 208,030
1947 - 2,589 215,545
1950 1,752 2,712 237,168
1951 1,449 2,728 245,974
1952 1,482 2,776 253,889
1953 2,084 2,835 260,742
1954 1,628 2,845 270,079
1955 2,106 2,858 277,162
1956 2,167 2,880 283,140
1957 2,357 2,912 291,567
1958 2,252 2,956 301,826
1959 2,532 3,002 311,535
1960 2,563 3,032 317,852
1961 2,210 3,054 329,152
1962 - 3,261 335,765
1963 2,802 3,125 346,286
1964 2,829 3,326 370,688
1965 2,394 3,156 364,666
1966 2,315 3,163 374,433
1967 3,266 3,180 384,878
1968 3,443 3,202 396,097
1969 3,151 3,216 407,766
1970 3,341 3,218 420,419
1971 3,365 3,235 433,906
1972 3,422 3,278 449,188
1973 3,490 3,301 464,276
1974 3,606 3,333 479,799
1975 3,630 3,386 495,699
1976 3,207 3,446 509,792
1977 3,939 3,482 522,317
1978 4,016 3,591 535,705
1979 4,388 3,672 553,089
1980 4,266 3,730 571,141
1981 4,480 3,769 588,536
1982 4,541 3,826 606,310
1983 4,434 3,907 623,563
1984 5,070 3,949 638,929
1985 4,308 4,009 651,954
1986 5,481 4,055 666,199
1987 4,512 4,096 675,702
1988 4,537 4,145 687,200
1989 4,493 4,193 701,781
1990 4,582 4,217 717,466
1991 4,485 4,229 733,026
1992 4,355 4,261 748,687
1993 4,684 4,270 761,703
1994 4,799 4,303 775,349
1995 5,075 4,297 790,731
1996 5,184 4,363 809,159
1997 4,912 4,348 825,654
1998 5,044 4,405 839,915
1999 5,116 4,421 861,860
2000 5,249 4,486 880,921
2001 5,148 4,594 900,985
2002 4,946 4,619 918,882
2003 5,060 4,683 935,428
2005 5,210 4,750 964,811
2006 5,046 4,820 980,551
2007 5,205 4,833 1,000,472
2008 5,150 4,870 1,021,777
2009 5,067 4,892 1,043,606

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]