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Virginia

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,211,065 924,802 11,208 606,059 190,417 4,134,964
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 15 1,030 0.2
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 80 32,114 5.2
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 4 33 0.0
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 195 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 88 51,181 8.3
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 178 38,044 6.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 9 2,063 0.3
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 89 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 188 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 629 0.1
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 373,756 60.4
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 7 772 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 7 349 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic 228 384,285 62.1
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant 14 749 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 25 3,358 0.5
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 21 1,849 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 224 42,038 6.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 210 39,949 6.5
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 3 329 0.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 28 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 56 4,000 0.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 177 24,614 4.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 4 176 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 126 6,373 1.0
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 32 0.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 120 42,073 6.8
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 181 32,228 5.2
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant 1 22 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 75 12,240 2.0
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 676 0.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 153 15,304 2.5
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 5 1,509 0.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 129 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 360 129,070 20.9
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 6 503 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 193 64,337 10.4
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 5 671 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 8 1,698 0.3
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 6 337 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 39 3,116 0.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 12 n.a. n.a.
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 5 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 17 19,725 3.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 51 50,030 8.1
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 12 1,434 0.2
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 9 473 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 171 19,041 3.1
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 45 66,564 10.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 45 17,413 2.8
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 79 9,176 1.5
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant 4 356 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 98 12,086 2.0
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 1 50 0.0
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant 46 2,378 0.4
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 7 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 11 695 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 512 138,554 22.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 69 12,548 2.0
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 146 5,582 0.9
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant 3 80 0.0
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant 3 324 0.1
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 26 4,175 0.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 91 14,828 2.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1,515 742,860 120.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 22 6,119 1.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 112 25,269 4.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,626 490,789 79.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 66 12,476 2.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 7 925 0.2
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 7,490 2,966,083  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,187,358. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,966,083) include 47.9% of the total population in 1990.

Source

The 1990 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 132 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Martin B. Bradley, Norman M. Green, Jr., Dale E. Jones, Mac Lynn, and Lou McNeil supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.