National Association of Free Will Baptists

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The National Association of Free Will Baptists dates to the ministry of Paul Palmer in the American South in the 18th century. It operates internationally through the International Fellowship of Free Will Baptist Churches, a structure that has emerged as the missionary program has matured.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 876 762 54,996
1935 412 397 79,650
1937 - 397 -
1940 - 1,102 118,871
1946 - - 221,317
1947 - 3,467 255,127
1950 3,050 1,825 220,000
1951 5,200 2,700 400,000
1953 6,500 4,200 425,000
1954 6,423 4,023 405,000
1955 2,567 1,947 159,831
1956 2,985 2,054 163,619
1957 2,981 2,091 172,683
1958 3,313 2,166 184,287
1959 3,359 2,500 200,000
1960 3,234 2,232 191,448
1961 3,137 2,150 193,664
1962 3,129 1,974 168,706
1963 3,274 2,036 171,676
1965 3,166 2,028 173,275
1966 3,310 2,109 178,450
1967 3,000 2,200 250,000
1968 3,395 2,142 184,869
1969 3,372 2,200 200,000
1970 2,300 2,163 186,136
1972 3,374 2,250 210,000
1973 3,806 2,229 214,104
1974 3,700 2,350 215,000
1976 4,191 2,407 229,498
1977 4,302 2,430 216,831
1978 4,367 2,436 216,831
1979 4,525 2,437 231,167
1980 2,837 2,452 227,888
1981 2,864 2,479 216,848
1982 2,890 2,505 243,658
1983 2,867 2,480 226,422
1984 2,895 2,485 212,527
1985 2,895 2,548 217,838
1986 2,895 2,483 205,546
1987 2,895 2,524 200,387
1988 2,895 2,496 204,382
1989 2,900 2,517 204,489
1990 2,900 2,506 197,206
1991 2,900 2,495 209,223
1992 2,900 2,495 209,223
1993 2,900 2,513 214,577
1994 2,900 2,496 207,576
1995 2,900 2,491 213,716
1996 - - 210,305
1997 2,900 2,320 210,305
1998 2,900 2,297 210,461
1999 2,900 2,476 216,711
2000 4,229 2,472 199,134
2001 4,104 2,470 197,919
2003 4,035 2,461 204,353
2005 3,959 2,425 198,924
2007 3,915 2,369 185,798

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]