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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 % Change
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant +15 +163 n.a.
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +1,015 408.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant -149 -47,575 -31.0%
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox +2 +414 n.a.
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +21 +1,660 14.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 +13 6.0%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 0 -74 -21.0%
Catholic Church Catholic -26 +17 0.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +320 20.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -37 -4,098 -26.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -6 -2,193 -14.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant -13 -11,401 -68.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +11 +5,261 32.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +30 +1,144 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +13 +2,536 34.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant +13 -421 -5.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +7 -5,063 -19.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +18 -6,330 -21.0%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant +10 +804 n.a.
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +2 +285 n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -2 -7,742 -41.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +175 n.a.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant -7 -2,830 -17.0%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +849 n.a.
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +2 -1,886 -59.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +1 +110 1571.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +6 +1,980 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +1,500 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +6 +5,476 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +6 +847 1388.0%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant +9 +465 n.a.
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +4 +1,284 38.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology -2 +9 0.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 0 -61 -10.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 0 -35 -45.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +179 +10,883 n.a.
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant +2 +57 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +2 +151 n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +23 +1,160 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -28 -18,636 -40.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +3 +275 37.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant -4 -1,103 -29.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +7 +237 8.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +78 +14,367 49.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology -1 +78 40.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -1 -684 -39.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -243 -68,575 -31.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant +1 +21 105.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +30 +2,581 n.a.
  Totals: -10 -122,570 -16.0%

The population of these 55 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 1,949,644; in 2000 it was 1,808,344. The total population changed 0.8%. The adherent totals for 1980 (769,768) represent 39.5% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (650,016) include 35.9% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 49 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 49 groups had 764,229 adherents in 1980 and 641,659 adherents in 2000, for a change of -16.0%

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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