Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum)

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum) traces its origins to the reforming activity of John Hus in the 15th century in Czechoslovakia. It was brought to America in 1735 by a group under the leadership of Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 153 128 24,699
1929 152 137 29,917
1935 145 135 34,637
1937 - 149 38,253
1939 - 138 37,601
1942 - 142 39,004
1944 - 145 40,764
1945 - 148 43,809
1949 - 105 30,264
1950 91 - -
1951 107 149 43,856
1952 147 150 50,190
1953 144 152 51,276
1954 142 145 52,735
1955 151 158 55,524
1956 147 159 56,449
1957 137 150 55,086
1958 150 156 60,415
1959 152 156 60,470
1960 158 157 61,368
1961 165 168 56,195
1962 157 153 61,777
1963 161 174 62,402
1964 158 174 62,751
1965 163 174 62,257

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]