Evangelical Methodist Church

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Denominational Profile

History

Methodist Church (1939-1968)

split into  Evangelical Methodist Church (1946)

 

The Evangelical Methodist Church is a conservative evangelical church founded in 1946 by a group of former members of the Methodist Church (1939-1968) under the leadership of Dr. J. H. Hamblen. They protested what they saw as the extreme liberalism of the Methodist Church.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1955 134 90 4,125
1956 154 94 4,783
1957 144 97 5,222
1958 179 101 5,618
1959 169 112 6,200
1960 179 116 6,044
1961 223 132 6,088
1963 228 139 8,041
1964 300 150 8,728
1965 239 150 9,311
1974 218 139 10,502
1985 - 126 9,040
1987 238 130 8,282
1990 269 126 8,514
1992 - 132 8,500
1997 215 123 8,615
2005 202 108 7,348

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]