Wesleyan Church

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Denominational Profile

History

Wesleyan Methodist Church of America
Pilgrim Holiness Church

merged intoWesleyan Church (1968)

 

The Wesleyan Church is a Holiness church that continues the tradition of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, which was founded in the 1820s by former members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1968 the Wesleyan Methodist Church merged with the Pilgrim Holiness Church to form the Wesleyan Church.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1967 3,309 2,559 82,358
1970 2,925 1,898 84,499
1974 2,489 1,828 94,215
1976 2,436 1,735 96,337
1977 2,434 1,732 97,859
1978 2,367 1,714 99,016
1979 2,356 1,717 100,925
1980 2,343 1,710 103,160
1981 2,369 1,711 103,712
1982 2,384 1,725 105,221
1983 2,455 1,722 107,672
1984 2,636 1,730 109,140
1985 2,616 1,714 109,541
1986 2,596 1,704 109,196
1987 3,783 3,217 185,641
1989 3,076 1,650 110,027
1990 3,048 1,628 110,561
1992 2,539 1,612 114,174
1993 3,125 1,583 115,368
1994 2,985 1,609 116,763
1995 2,608 1,624 115,867
1996 2,639 1,580 118,021
1997 3,143 1,578 119,107
1998 3,144 1,590 119,914
1999 3,172 1,594 121,356
2000 3,181 1,602 123,181
2001 3,117 1,614 123,274
2002 3,198 1,628 123,160
2003 3,323 1,609 124,550
2004 3,342 1,714 125,127
2005 3,341 1,626 128,385
2007 3,649 1,626 138,164
2008 3,761 1,614 131,791
2009 3,710 1,716 139,008

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]