(Original) Church of God

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Denominational Profile

History

Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)

split into  (Original) Church of God (1917)

 

The (Original) Church of God is a Holiness Pentecostal church founded in 1917 by Reverend Joseph L. Scott, a former minister in the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee).

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1935 125 85 2,597
1936 - 58 2,269
1937 - - 2,597
1944 - 58 5,000
1952 155 75 6,000
1956 100 75 6,000
1959 200 50 7,000
1961 82 35 6,000
1965 60 75 18,000
1971 124 70 20,000

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]