Mar Thoma Syrian Church of India

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Denominational Profile

Notes

According to tradition, the Mar Thoma Church was established as a result of the apostolic mission of St. Thomas in 52 A.D. It has been in full communion with the Anglican Church since 1954. Commencing as a small prayer group in Queens, New York, in 1972, the first approved parish was recognized in New York in 1976.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1997 38 65 30,000
2000 47 68 32,000
2002 47 68 32,500
2003 50 72 35,000
2004 48 73 40,000
2005 46 74 40,000
2008 63 85 42,000
2009 66 80 43,500

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]