Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Southern Province

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum) traces its origins to the reforming activity of John Hus in the 15th century in Czechoslovakia. It was brought to America in 1735 by a group under the leadership of Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1967 60 49 22,373
1968 58 49 22,732
1969 57 49 22,333
1970 58 50 22,357
1971 58 49 22,784
1972 60 49 22,784
1974 61 51 21,549
1975 67 51 21,467
1976 70 50 21,288
1977 70 50 20,957
1978 72 52 21,002
1979 69 53 21,058
1980 78 53 21,057
1981 77 55 21,233
1982 81 56 21,618
1983 81 55 21,726
1984 85 56 21,516
1985 85 56 21,714
1986 83 56 21,722
1987 83 55 21,675
1988 87 54 21,467
1989 89 55 21,341
1991 95 56 21,513

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]