Union American Methodist Episcopal Church

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Denominational Profile


Union Church of Africans

split into  Union American Methodist Episcopal Church (1865)


The Union American Methodist Episcopal Church is one of two denominations which grew out of a movement within the Methodist Episcopal Church led by two African American members, Peter Spencer and William Anderson.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 301 292 21,115
1929 324 307 22,259
1935 135 110 18,798
1936 - 71 9,369
1937 - 80 20,101
1955 - 76 12,262
1957 276 256 27,560

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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