Turkish Orthodox Church in America

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Denominational Profile


The Turkish Orthodox Church was established in 1926 when excommunicated priest Paul Eftymios Karahissaridis claimed to have had his sentence of excommunication lifted by two members of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church. In 1966 the Turkish Orthodox Church came to the United States with the appointment of the Most Rev. Civet Kristof (a.k.a. Christopher M. Cragg) as metropolitan archbishop of New York and primate of the Turkish Orthodox Church in America.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1969 27 20 8,200
1971 26 20 14,800

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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