National Baptist Convention of America

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Denominational Profile

History

National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.

split into  National Baptist Convention of America (1915)

continuedNational Baptist Convention of America

   

split into  National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Saving Assembly of U.S.A. (1936)
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America (1988)

The National Baptist Convention of America, a predominantly black church, was founded in 1915 by the Rev. R. H. Boyd and his supporters within the National Baptist Convention.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1944 - 7,286 2,352,339
1946 - - 2,575,621
1947 - 8,993 2,580,921
1950 27,237 10,851 2,645,789
1952 27,791 11,132 2,606,289
1953 27,800 11,136 2,606,510
1954 - 11,136 2,608,974
1955 28,499 11,291 2,610,774
1956 28,574 11,398 2,668,799
1987 8,000 2,500 3,500,000
1990 - 2,500 3,500,000
2000 - - 3,500,000

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]