National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.

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Denominational Profile

History

 

National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. (1895)

continuedNational Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.

   

split into  National Baptist Convention of America (1915)
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (1961)

The National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., the largest predominantly black denomination in America, was founded in 1895 when the Foreign Mission Baptist Convention of the U.S.A., the American National Baptist Convention, and the Baptist National Educational Convention merged.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1937 - 24,000 3,796,645
1940 - 24,575 4,046,840
1942 - 24,575 3,911,612
1944 - 24,460 4,021,618
1946 - 24,460 4,122,315
1950 24,587 25,350 4,445,605
1951 23,601 25,350 4,467,779
1952 - 25,350 4,467,779
1953 27,005 24,415 4,526,847
1954 30,251 25,603 4,557,416
1958 27,500 26,000 5,500,000
1991 - 30,000 7,800,000
1992 32,832 33,000 8,200,000
2004 - 9,000 5,000,000

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]