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Froehlich Churches Family

After being expelled from the Swiss Reformed Church in the early 1830s, Minister Samuel Heinrich Froehlich traveled around Switzerland, preaching. He emphasized New Birth conversion, consisting of true repentance leading to sanctification and inner peace, obedience to Jesus’s teachings through practical sin-free living, adult-age baptismal regeneration, and rejection of church-state alliances. The movement, which leaned toward a “true church” view of society, spread to France, Germany, and North America as many Anabaptists joined, and Eastern Europe, including Hungary and Serbia, through missionaries. Froehlich church monikers have included Apostolic Christian, Nazarene, Evangelical Baptists, Evangelischer Täufergemeinden, and New Amish. Today’s denominations range from distinctively dressed sectarians who keep part or all of their collective religious life private to those mimicking contemporary-style community churches in North America.

Maps: Froehlich Churches Family1

Adherence Rate per 1,000 (2020)

Congregations (2020)

Top 5 Froehlich Churches Family States (2020)1 [View all states]

Rank State Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Illinois 9,425 0.70
2 Iowa 2,100 0.70
3 Indiana 3,384 0.50
4 Ohio 4,689 0.40
5 Kansas 870 0.30

Top 5 Froehlich Churches Family Counties (2020)1 [View all counties]

Rank County Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Stevens County, Minnesota 733 75.80
2 Lyon County, Iowa 840 70.40
3 Stark County, Illinois 362 67.00
4 Woodford County, Illinois 2,566 66.70
5 Nemaha County, Kansas 629 61.20

Top 5 Froehlich Churches Family Metro Areas (2020)1 [View all Metro Areas]

Rank Metro Area Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Bluffton, IN Micro Area 1,485 52.70
2 Pontiac, IL Micro Area 1,611 45.00
3 Peoria, IL Metro Area 5,764 14.30
4 Wooster, OH Micro Area 1,585 13.60
5 Burlington, IA-IL Micro Area 496 10.90

Froehlich Churches Family: Adherence Rates (1980 - 2020)1


1 The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155. [More information on the data sources]

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