Orthodox Presbyterian Church

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Denominational Profile

History

Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

split into  Orthodox Presbyterian Church (1932)

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split into  Bible Presbyterian Church (1938)

The Orthodox Presbyterian Church was founded in 1936 by J. Gresham Machen, previously an outstanding theologian of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. The church is a member of the International Conference of Reformed Churches.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1937 - 65 5,000
1940 - 64 5,702
1942 - 67 6,245
1944 - 74 7,084
1946 - 73 7,555
1950 - 72 8,021
1953 97 71 8,357
1954 101 72 8,604
1955 110 72 8,754
1956 120 80 9,200
1957 123 80 9,352
1960 137 90 10,647
1961 138 92 11,175
1962 146 95 11,994
1964 148 108 12,535
1965 150 110 12,867
1968 170 130 14,038
1969 180 131 14,125
1970 190 116 14,300
1971 190 116 14,300
1972 205 123 14,781
1976 229 131 15,306
1977 237 133 15,782
1978 238 136 15,806
1979 256 146 16,265
1980 272 150 16,590
1981 288 157 17,108
1983 298 166 17,304
1984 309 168 17,660
1985 319 171 18,502
1987 334 168 19,094
1991 315 170 18,137
1994 341 181 20,151
1995 355 189 21,131
1996 366 192 21,820
1997 376 198 21,765
1998 383 199 23,002
1999 397 204 25,302
2000 406 216 26,008
2001 416 224 26,090
2002 425 237 26,448
2003 437 241 27,582
2005 449 255 27,540
2006 462 255 28,486
2007 464 263 28,780
2008 477 268 29,095
2009 485 271 29,421

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]