Primitive Methodist Church in the U.S.A.

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Primitive Methodist Church grew out of the revivalist impulse in England in the early nineteenth century. It was founded in 1811 by Revs. Hugh Bourne and William Clowes and was brought to the United States in the 1820s.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 80 87 11,905
1929 85 90 12,399
1935 77 81 12,081
1937 - 83 12,051
1940 - 85 12,130
1942 - 88 12,185
1946 - 89 11,995
1950 79 87 12,000
1951 69 91 12,295
1952 57 90 12,320
1953 63 90 12,217
1954 75 92 12,061
1955 70 92 12,166
1956 70 92 12,662
1957 90 80 12,571
1958 73 92 12,844
1959 90 90 14,613
1960 65 91 12,360
1961 90 90 12,805
1965 60 86 11,945
1975 94 85 11,024
1976 95 88 10,832
1977 93 88 10,519
1978 91 88 10,222
1979 97 87 10,126
1980 88 87 10,138
1981 90 87 9,978
1986 105 86 8,625
1987 92 84 8,487
1989 84 85 8,244
1992 98 81 7,677
1993 94 81 7,360
1994 118 79 7,298
1995 90 78 7,234
1996 103 75 7,200
1997 106 78 6,588
1998 108 78 6,746
1999 112 77 6,031
2001 92 78 4,717
2002 90 79 4,399
2003 91 79 4,480
2004 90 79 4,487
2005 97 76 4,290
2006 93 72 3,984
2008 84 67 3,915
2009 68 66 3,672

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]