Brethren in Christ Church

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Denominational Profile

History

 

Brethren in Christ Church (1778)

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split into  United Zion Church (1855)

The Brethren in Christ Church, a church out of the Mennonite tradition, was founded in 1778 in Pennsylvania. It took its current name in 1863. This group was commonly known as "River Brethren."

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1935 75 90 4,426
1937 - 100 4,443
1940 - 62 5,134
1941 - 126 5,129
1944 - 142 5,171
1947 - 109 6,013
1950 273 125 6,807
1951 192 105 5,680
1952 200 103 5,760
1953 343 112 5,950
1954 217 113 5,894
1955 224 114 6,017
1956 299 121 6,092
1957 191 136 6,453
1958 247 150 6,453
1959 245 151 6,698
1961 - 150 7,358
1962 - 156 7,578
1963 286 155 7,578
1965 302 159 8,251
1966 245 159 8,593
1967 245 156 8,806
1968 229 155 8,954
1969 230 155 9,145
1971 235 151 9,550
1972 197 151 9,730
1973 311 156 9,877
1974 256 157 10,255
1975 280 158 10,784
1976 279 159 11,375
1977 279 156 11,384
1979 266 164 15,283
1981 211 167 16,201
1983 236 172 15,058
1984 255 173 16,382
1985 235 185 16,783
1986 227 183 16,693
1987 241 186 16,877
1988 233 193 17,081
1989 239 189 17,240
1990 486 189 17,277
1992 284 184 16,697
1993 353 188 17,986
1994 290 198 18,152
1995 315 200 18,529
1996 318 199 18,424
1998 311 210 19,577
1999 343 252 20,070
2000 342 229 20,587
2001 295 232 20,739

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]