Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

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Denominational Profile

History

Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Toledo, and Dependencies in North America

merged intoAntiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

 

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America began with the Orthodox mission among Arab-Americans by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1892. The mission became independent in 1925. The Patriarchate of Antioch is one of the four ancient Christian centers in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 21 23 26,000
1929 24 25 26,000
1935 47 48 32,300
1937 - 69 61,043
1940 - 69 61,043
1942 - 76 20,300
1950 80 80 75,000
1951 90 77 75,000
1952 85 77 75,000
1953 90 80 100,000
1954 100 78 75,000
1955 105 80 100,000
1956 120 80 110,000
1957 120 80 110,000
1958 105 80 110,000
1959 105 81 115,000
1960 120 81 110,000
1962 120 81 110,000
1963 120 81 110,000
1967 89 81 120,000
1969 101 84 100,000
1970 110 92 100,000
1975 124 108 130,000
1977 132 110 152,000
1984 180 120 280,000
1988 172 150 300,000
1989 325 160 350,000
1992 275 170 350,000
1993 350 178 350,000
1994 225 184 300,000
1995 225 184 300,000
2002 451 230 380,000
2003 450 226 390,000
2005 485 245 400,000
2006 517 252 425,000
2007 545 256 430,000

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]