Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of

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Denominational Profile

History

Mennonite Brethren Church of North America (Bruedergemeinde)

renamed toMennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of (1860)

 

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches was founded by Pastor Edward Wuest in 1860 and came to the United States in 1879 under the leadership of Abraham Schellenberg.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1974 128 108 15,528
1975 131 120 16,155
1976 - 121 16,956
1977 137 122 15,963
1978 135 120 16,042
1979 114 123 16,165
1980 100 127 17,183
1981 119 124 17,065
1984 259 141 16,942
1985 - 128 16,942
1986 - 128 17,065
1989 181 130 16,794
1991 470 144 16,843
1993 214 147 19,218
1994 272 148 19,218
1995 283 149 20,524

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]