Christian Reformed Church in North America

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Denominational Profile

History

 

Christian Reformed Church in North America (1857)

continuedChristian Reformed Church in North America

   

split into  Protestant Reformed Churches in America (1926)

The Christian Reformed Church in North America continues the conservative Reformed tradition of the Netherlands. It was founded in the United States in 1857.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 258 254 47,612
1929 277 263 52,905
1933 - 288 114,946
1935 258 284 116,792
1937 - 290 118,973
1940 - 298 121,755
1942 - 306 126,293
1944 - 310 128,914
1946 - - 134,608
1947 - 318 135,788
1950 392 341 151,881
1951 389 368 155,310
1952 439 419 173,764
1953 401 429 186,526
1954 456 466 196,822
1955 541 481 204,621
1956 561 495 211,454
1957 597 509 221,969
1958 555 529 228,905
1959 659 541 236,145
1960 687 549 242,593
1961 722 572 250,934
1962 746 585 256,015
1963 570 597 262,088
1964 791 610 268,165
1965 817 624 272,461
1966 843 629 275,530
1967 870 634 278,869
1968 896 648 281,523
1969 934 758 284,737
1970 964 660 285,628
1971 999 718 286,094
1972 1,027 750 287,114
1973 1,043 515 210,000
1974 1,065 527 206,000
1975 1,088 695 287,503
1976 810 538 211,061
1977 858 611 210,088
1978 950 623 211,302
1979 990 632 212,700
1980 961 626 213,995
1981 996 634 215,411
1982 1,014 648 223,976
1983 1,029 639 213,659
1984 1,020 650 224,764
1985 1,077 650 219,988
1987 1,000 682 225,951
1988 1,075 699 222,408
1989 1,099 712 225,699
1990 1,176 715 226,163
1992 1,162 736 223,617
1993 1,152 738 214,545
1995 1,171 737 211,154
1996 1,175 737 201,795
1997 1,189 723 196,464
1998 1,148 733 199,290
1999 1,168 732 198,400
2002 1,246 762 197,339
2003 1,290 761 190,587
2005 1,340 776 272,130
2006 1,358 776 196,900
2007 1,377 776 191,000
2008 1,407 787 188,000
2009 1,430 803 183,940

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]