Orthodox Church in America, The

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Denominational Profile

History

Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of America

renamed toOrthodox Church in America, The (1970)

 

The Orthodox Church in America is the original Eastern Orthodox body to establish work in the United States. It was founded in 1794 by a group of monks as the American mission of the Russian Orthodox Church. It assumed its present name in 1970.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1970 362 312 1,000,000
1971 448 387 1,000,000
1972 455 370 1,000,000
1973 460 375 1,000,000
1975 498 410 1,000,000
1978 531 440 1,000,000
1999 796 710 1,000,000
2000 830 721 1,000,000
2002 873 725 900,000
2003 876 731 1,000,000
2004 905 737 1,064,000
2009 970 750 131,000

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]