Armenian Apostolic Church of America

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The ancient Christian church in Armenia has two branches. The Armenian Apostolic Church of America, centered on the diaspora community in Lebanon, was founded in 1930, after the installation of a Communist government in Armenia. The Church is under the jurisdiction of Catholicos of Cicilia (Lebanon), His Holiness Karekin II.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 28 78 86,000
1929 35 74 92,000
1937 - 52 108,000
1965 34 32 125,000
1968 34 32 125,000
1969 25 33 125,000
1970 37 34 125,000
1972 34 29 125,000
1984 23 27 225,000
1985 23 27 225,000
1986 19 18 -
1990 29 30 180,000
1991 29 28 150,000
1992 27 32 150,000
1995 58 28 180,000
1997 28 28 200,000
1998 31 28 200,000
2000 46 36 360,000
2002 44 34 360,000
2003 44 34 360,000
2004 47 33 360,000
2005 48 35 360,000
2006 46 38 360,000
2007 47 36 360,000
2008 45 36 350,000
2009 43 38 350,000

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]