Separate Baptists in Christ, General Association of

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Separate Baptists in Christ, General Association of

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merged intoUnited Baptists (1786)

The Separate Baptists in Christ trace their history to the "separation" of people from the Congregational Church in the early 18th century because of their acceptance of Baptist doctrines. Although many of the Separate Baptists were absorbed by other Baptist groups through mergers, a few survived and in 1912 organized the General Association of Separatist Baptists.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 50 55 4,000
1929 54 66 4,900
1935 71 70 5,100
1937 - 71 5,160
1940 - 59 5,287
1944 - 90 6,490
1946 - 92 6,942
1952 93 86 6,435
1954 105 87 6,896
1955 98 87 7,065
1956 109 92 6,942
1957 104 87 7,272
1958 101 90 7,215
1959 110 85 7,209
1960 105 85 7,358
1962 106 84 7,496
1972 106 84 7,496
1982 160 100 8,800
1983 175 101 9,051
1988 165 101 10,000
1992 140 100 8,000

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]