Old Order (Wisler) Mennonite Church

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Denominational Profile

History

Mennonite Church USA

split into  Old Order (Wisler) Mennonite Church (1870)

 

The Old Order (Wisler) Mennonites, one of several factions of the Old Order Mennonites, was founded in 1870 by Jacob Wisler. As a group, they remain among the most conservative in dress, forms of worship, and social customs.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 28 22 1,446
1929 35 23 1,300
1935 38 23 1,587
1937 - 36 3,948
1940 - 24 2,729
1943 - 31 2,863
1944 - 30 2,975
1948 - 29 2,273
1950 64 26 3,536
1951 - 32 3,553
1952 64 31 3,754
1953 66 30 3,786
1954 - 30 3,904
1955 65 31 4,004
1956 66 28 3,887
1957 66 28 4,129
1958 77 28 4,292
1959 75 28 4,391
1960 75 31 4,606
1961 76 31 4,742
1962 120 32 4,794
1963 - 35 4,992
1964 81 35 4,982
1965 80 36 5,193
1966 118 55 7,512
1967 - - 5,421
1972 101 38 8,000
1980 - 38 9,731
2004 135 47 7,100

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]