Volunteers of America

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Volunteers of America movement was founded in 1896 by Ballington and Maud Booth, both former leaders in the Salvation Army.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1929 604 133 28,706
1935 524 102 28,329
1939 - 104 10,000
1942 - 94 4,230
1947 - 93 3,480
1950 147 172 24,250
1951 54 179 24,840
1952 286 183 25,077
1953 290 186 25,860
1954 301 191 26,407
1955 291 194 26,506
1956 312 197 27,110
1957 317 199 27,984
1958 326 201 28,146
1959 330 202 28,234
1960 330 204 28,320
1961 336 203 28,330
1962 337 205 29,110
1963 339 205 29,140
1964 341 209 30,230
1966 338 99 31,140
1967 432 219 32,760
1972 473 546 30,730
1973 515 571 30,620
1974 536 563 30,740
1975 590 572 31,218
1976 610 584 35,640
1977 704 602 36,380
1978 704 607 36,634

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]