Apostolic Orthodox Catholic Church of North America

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Denominational Profile


Western Orthodox Church in America

split into  Apostolic Orthodox Catholic Church of North America (1989)


The Apostolic Orthodox Catholic Church was founded in the 1980s by several independent Orthodox bishops, most of whom had formerly been associated with the Western Orthodox Church in America.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1996 23 18 1,134
1997 24 19 1,154
1999 26 20 1,250
2000 21 3 2,400
2003 21 3 2,400
2005 49 25 15,900

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The National Council of Churches' data collection was discontinued after the 2012 Yearbook was published, and has been resumed by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The tables and graphs will be updated when the new collection is available. See the Yearbook of Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]

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