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Denominational Profile

History

 

Episcopal Church (1789)

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split into  Anglican Orthodox Church of North America (1963)
Apostolic Episcopal Church (1925)
Reformed Episcopal Church (1873)

The Episcopal Church continues the mission established by the Church of England in the American Colonies in the seventeenth century. Becoming independent after the American Revolution, the church was known for many years as the Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.A.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 5,771 7,833 1,164,911
1929 5,927 7,692 1,237,695
1931 - - 1,261,158
1933 - 7,424 1,876,390
1935 5,939 7,529 1,897,136
1937 - 7,364 1,942,322
1939 - 7,074 1,996,434
1942 - 7,685 2,074,178
1944 - 7,894 2,227,524
1946 - - 2,155,514
1947 - 6,985 2,160,207
1949 6,654 7,784 2,540,548
1950 6,473 7,116 2,417,464
1951 6,740 7,185 2,482,887
1952 6,961 7,215 2,550,831
1953 6,970 7,170 2,660,699
1954 7,193 7,271 2,757,944
1956 7,484 6,708 2,852,965
1957 7,874 6,842 2,965,137
1958 8,430 7,011 3,126,662
1959 8,708 7,657 3,444,265
1960 8,938 7,155 3,269,325
1961 9,385 7,096 3,317,870
1962 9,615 7,248 3,336,728
1963 9,445 7,547 3,340,759
1964 10,213 7,202 3,410,657
1966 10,719 7,562 3,429,153
1967 10,639 7,180 3,420,297
1968 11,010 7,137 3,373,890
1969 11,041 7,112 3,330,272
1970 11,355 7,069 3,285,826
1971 11,108 7,116 3,217,365
1972 11,566 6,891 3,062,734
1973 11,507 6,768 2,917,165
1974 11,573 7,087 2,907,293
1975 12,186 7,192 2,857,513
1976 12,240 7,116 2,882,064
1977 12,302 7,054 2,818,830
1978 12,310 7,009 2,815,359
1979 12,600 7,022 2,841,350
1980 12,672 7,215 2,786,004
1981 12,908 7,234 2,767,440
1982 12,974 7,095 2,794,139
1983 13,342 7,387 2,794,690
1984 13,648 7,379 2,775,424
1985 13,940 7,274 2,739,422
1986 14,111 7,054 2,504,507
1987 14,355 7,387 2,462,300
1988 14,694 7,360 2,455,422
1989 14,831 7,372 2,433,413
1990 14,878 7,354 2,446,050
1991 14,878 7,367 2,471,880
1993 15,000 7,388 2,504,682
1995 15,073 7,415 2,536,550
1996 14,925 7,390 2,364,559
1999 14,428 7,359 2,300,461
2000 16,712 7,364 2,333,327
2001 16,388 7,344 2,333,628
2002 16,493 7,305 2,320,221
2003 15,872 7,220 2,284,233
2004 15,870 7,200 2,247,819
2006 15,051 7,095 2,154,572
2007 15,170 7,055 2,116,749
2008 - 6,964 2,057,292
2009 15,404 6,895 2,006,343

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]


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