Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

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Denominational Profile

Notes

Greek immigrants settled in America in the 19th century and organized parishes under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1918, they established a separate ethnic diocese, which eventually became the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 189 179 256,000
1929 241 226 289,000
1931 - - 289,000
1933 - 254 289,000
1935 280 255 289,000
1937 - 260 305,000
1940 - 355 425,000
1942 - 275 650,000
1944 - 280 -
1946 - - 275,000
1947 - 286 300,000
1950 325 320 1,000,000
1952 330 320 1,000,000
1953 375 325 1,000,000
1954 410 347 1,000,000
1955 - 353 1,000,000
1956 400 378 1,150,000
1957 400 378 1,150,000
1958 - 378 1,150,000
1959 485 380 1,200,000
1960 491 382 1,200,000
1962 510 405 1,500,000
1963 537 420 1,550,000
1964 558 441 1,735,000
1965 767 443 1,770,000
1969 586 470 1,875,000
1970 585 471 1,875,000
1971 650 482 1,950,000
1972 675 502 1,950,000
1975 675 502 1,950,000
1977 655 535 1,950,000
1997 - 532 1,950,000
1998 806 523 1,954,500
2000 893 508 1,500,000
2003 803 510 1,500,000
2004 834 563 1,500,000
2005 840 566 1,500,000
2006 840 560 1,500,000

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]