Apostolic Christian Churches of America

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Denominational Profile

History

 

Apostolic Christian Churches of America (1832)

continuedApostolic Christian Churches of America

   

split into  Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene) (1906)

The Apostolic Christian Churches of America was founded in Switzerland in the 1830s by former Swiss Reformed minister Samuel Heinrich Froelich. Swiss immigrants brought the church to America.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1936 - 57 6,425
1943 - 53 6,425
1950 22 56 7,300
1953 25 58 7,669
1954 25 58 7,669
1956 29 63 8,298
1957 30 65 8,325
1958 24 64 8,338
1959 25 65 8,400
1960 25 65 8,535
1961 28 64 8,535
1962 28 - 8,535
1963 28 64 8,535
1964 29 70 8,688
1965 30 72 8,700
1966 33 72 8,740
1967 203 75 8,750
1968 216 - 8,955
1969 230 75 9,100
1971 273 77 9,160
1973 273 78 9,500
1976 42 78 14,500
1977 243 80 17,888
1980 270 81 10,672
1981 279 81 9,500
1983 290 82 21,173
1984 285 83 22,450
1985 296 84 22,600
1986 347 80 16,916
1988 329 80 11,300
1989 340 80 11,450
1996 - 91 12,200
1997 - 89 12,538
1998 375 89 12,700
1999 387 91 12,800
2000 381 86 12,900
2002 404 86 12,930
2003 412 86 12,780
2004 420 86 12,880
2005 420 87 12,744
2006 424 87 12,840
2007 436 87 12,880
2008 440 87 12,900
2009 453 90 12,850

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]