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Elder William S. Crowdy, a black cook on the Sante Fe Railroad, claimed to have a vision from God telling him to lead his people to true religion. He left his job and founded the Church of God and Saints of Christ in 1896 at Lawrence, Kansas. The doctrine of the Church of God is a complicated mixture of Judaism, Christianity, and black nationalism.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1935 200 94 3,311
1937 - 120 7,000
1946 - 189 34,045
1951 - 204 34,710
1952 - 208 34,816
1953 - 214 35,126
1954 - 213 35,921
1955 - 216 36,041
1959 - 217 38,127

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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