Apostolic Lutheran Church of America

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Apostolic Lutheran Church of America is a Finnish-American church founded in 1872 as the Solomon Korteniemi Lutheran Society. In 1929 it was incorporated as the Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church in America. It adopted its present name in 1962.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 5 100 20,000
1929 22 138 25,300
1935 40 130 37,000
1940 - 64 14,511
1942 - 65 14,511
1943 - 65 14,511
1945 - 66 14,511
1951 20 68 14,511
1952 20 60 -
1953 22 57 6,567
1956 22 58 -
1957 22 60 6,567
1961 28 58 6,994
1974 36 54 9,384
1982 38 52 6,500
1983 38 52 6,812
1985 32 49 4,972
1986 39 51 6,353
1988 34 57 7,707
1989 34 53 7,582
1990 34 53 7,583
1992 60 60 9,500
1994 35 60 7,700
1995 35 60 7,700
1997 62 60 -
1998 63 61 -
2000 73 58 -

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]