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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 % Change
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant -1 -15 -45.5%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +10 +6,052 11.8%
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 0 +23 92.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +18 +6,991 18.4%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -193 -9.4%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +1 +298 334.8%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 +30 16.0%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +52 8.3%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant +1 +194 25.1%
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant +1 +80 22.9%
Catholic Church Catholic +5 +221,774 57.7%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +5 -308 -9.2%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -54 -2,008 -4.8%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +10 +9,617 24.1%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant -1 +14 4.3%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +1 +297 7.4%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 0 +9,240 37.5%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 -39 -22.2%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant -8 -503 -7.9%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +30 +11,235 26.7%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant -6 -807 -2.5%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +6 +2,408 19.7%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +9 +1,071 7.0%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant -2 -1,210 -80.2%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant -1 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant +1 +524 406.2%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -1 -2,196 -1.7%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +4 +1,384 275.1%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +3 +1,461 2.3%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +5 +1,670 98.4%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant -3 -103 -30.6%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant -1 +1,520 48.8%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 0 +13,485 68.4%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -13 -12,105 -24.2%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +9 +2,131 148.6%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant -1 +117 24.7%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +30 +9,371 49.2%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +8 +9,576 14.4%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +4 +1,338 7.7%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant -20 +2,341 25.5%
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant -1 -48 -13.5%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant -14 -3,543 -29.3%
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant +4 +197 394.0%
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox -3 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant -1 +89 12.8%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant +7 -3,119 -2.3%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +2 +5,385 42.9%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant -1 +3,056 73.2%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +19 +3,118 21.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +145 +31,777 4.3%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +2 +51 0.8%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -2 -1,985 -7.9%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -25 -20,408 -4.2%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant -2 +4,354 34.9%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +3 +629 68.0%
  Totals: +183 +314,360 +12.3%

The population of these 135 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,187,358; in 2000 it was 7,078,515. The total population changed 14.4%. The adherent totals for 1990 (2,966,083) represent 47.9% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (2,943,551) include 41.6% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 53 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 53 groups had 2,546,625 adherents in 1990 and 2,860,985 adherents in 2000, for a change of 12.3%

Sources

The 2000 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and includes statistics for 149 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Dale E. Jones, Sherri Doty, Clifford Grammich, James E. Horsch, Richard Houseal, Mac Lynn, John P. Marcum, Kenneth M. Sanchagrin and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States, 2000, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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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