Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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Denominational Profile

History

Colored Methodist Episcopal Church

renamed toChristian Methodist Episcopal Church (1956)

 

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (formerly the Colored Methodist Church) was founded in 1870 by black former members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. It took its present name in 1956.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1961 1,914 2,523 444,493
1965 2,259 2,598 466,718
1981 2,877 2,883 786,707
1983 2,650 2,340 718,922
1999 2,378 3,069 784,114
2001 3,375 3,250 850,000
2002 3,407 3,300 850,000
2005 3,424 3,320 850,000
2006 3,548 3,500 850,000

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]