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Denominational Profile

History

 

Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (1906)

merged intoUnited Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (1958)

   

split into  Orthodox Presbyterian Church (1932)

The Presbyterian Church in the United States of America inherited the tradition of early Presbyterianism in the colonies and is in direct continuity with the first synod organized in 1706. It merged with the United Presbyterian Church of North America in 1958 to form the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., now a constituent part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 9,829 9,461 1,828,916
1929 9,751 9,164 1,959,006
1931 - - 1,859,495
1933 - 8,939 1,914,886
1935 9,708 8,847 1,909,487
1937 - 8,700 1,906,100
1940 - 8,619 1,971,364
1942 - 8,511 1,986,257
1944 - 8,462 2,040,399
1946 - - 2,174,530
1947 - 8,523 2,234,798
1950 9,179 8,317 2,364,112
1952 9,424 8,390 2,441,933
1953 9,643 8,320 2,492,504
1954 9,705 8,282 2,526,129
1955 9,871 8,282 2,645,745
1956 10,058 8,329 2,717,320
1957 10,261 8,351 2,775,464

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]