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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 +3 +18 n.a.
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant +5 +328 92.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +23 +20,590 56.0%
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 0 -4 -8.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +53 +19,990 80.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant -1 -555 -23.0%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +1 +308 390.0%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 -472 -68.0%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant +2 +235 53.0%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant +3 +361 60.0%
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant +3 -226 -34.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +48 +321,766 113.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +16 +259 9.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -58 -8,645 -18.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +18 +9,589 24.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +1 +226 193.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +4 -5,156 -54.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +19 +17,971 113.0%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant -1 -127 -48.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +118 +5,870 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +82 +27,990 111.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant +20 -3,873 -11.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +19 +2,612 22.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +32 +2,174 15.0%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant +3 +299 n.a.
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +1 +130 n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant +1 +559 595.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +13 -7,360 -6.0%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +136 289.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +8 +1,574 503.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +10 +5,363 9.0%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +13 +3,368 n.a.
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 0 -612 -72.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +16 +2,596 127.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +12 +7,944 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +17 +33,210 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +38 +37,925 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +17 +2,513 239.0%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant +8 +590 n.a.
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +87 +16,130 131.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +23 +64,628 561.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +9 +4,495 32.0%
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant 0 +71 30.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +84 +8,543 n.a.
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant +5 +247 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox +2 +400 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +4 +441 n.a.
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant +6 +452 139.0%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +10 +784 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -40 -3,988 -3.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +31 +12,131 209.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +621 9.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +35 +7,369 70.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +229 +84,361 12.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +8 +3,360 120.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -6 -2,754 -11.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -87 -30,836 -6.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant +5 +464 773.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +64 +16,830 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +8 +1,057 213.0%
  Totals: +1,047 +684,270 +31.4%

The population of these 135 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 5,346,818; in 2000 it was 7,078,515. The total population changed 14.4%. The adherent totals for 1980 (2,208,889) represent 41.3% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (2,943,551) include 41.6% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 60 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 60 groups had 2,176,281 adherents in 1980 and 2,860,551 adherents in 2000, for a change of 31.4%

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 1980 data were collected by the Glenmary Research Center and include statistics for 111 Judeo-Christian church bodies, including number of churches and adherents. Bernard Quinn, Herman Anderson, Martin Bradley, Paul Goetting and Peggy Shriver supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1980, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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