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West Virginia

Denominational Groups, 2000

200,083 325,508 4,461 105,363 14,601 1,158,328
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 36 1,361 0.8
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 9 1,489 0.8
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 15 233 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 533 132,325 73.8
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 3 128 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 105 14,202 7.9
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 266 0.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 38 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 17,586 9.8
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 6 258 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic 177 108,529 60.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 10 1,075 0.6
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 6 510 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 66 13,351 7.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 93 13,822 7.7
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 9 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 91 7,035 3.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 196 19,814 11.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 2 55 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 35 1,255 0.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 31 8,095 4.5
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 88 9,383 5.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 124 25,811 14.4
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 274 0.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 290 25,134 14.0
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 12 911 0.5
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 82 13,926 7.8
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1 60 0.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 58 14,845 8.3
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 6 655 0.4
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 21 1,019 0.6
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 2 64 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 6 n.a. n.a.
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 900 0.5
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 9 4,200 2.3
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 2 151 0.1
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 9 452 0.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 41 3,418 1.9
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 17 2,181 1.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 4 628 0.4
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 13 601 0.3
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 1 43 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 179 14,616 8.2
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 2 41 0.0
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant 34 2,219 1.2
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 8 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 24 1,332 0.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 212 37,586 21.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 11 1,022 0.6
Primitive Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 9 427 0.2
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 21 487 0.3
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 18 1,536 0.9
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant 3 411 0.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 38 3,396 1.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 135 43,161 24.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 6 251 0.1
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant 19 3,048 1.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 7 1,440 0.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,458 182,731 101.9
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 34 2,175 1.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 36 0.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 4,443 741,998  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 1,793,477. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (741,998) include 41.4% 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.