African Methodist Episcopal Church (1787 - Present) - Religious GroupReligious Family: Methodist
Religious Tradition: Black Protestant
Description: The African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1787 by the Rev. Richard Allen and former members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The new church that Allen started, Bethel Church, was granted full independence in 1816.
Official Site: https://www.ame-church.com/
Interactive Timeline: Methodist Family Interactive Timeline
Connections: African Methodist Episcopal Church
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Maps: African Methodist Episcopal Church1
Adherence Rate per 1,000 (2020)
Top 5 African Methodist Episcopal Church States (2020)1 [View all States]
Top 5 African Methodist Episcopal Church Counties (2020)1 [View all Counties]
Top 5 African Methodist Episcopal Church Metro Areas (2020)1 [View all Metro Areas]
African Methodist Episcopal Church, Members (1925 - 2009)2
African Methodist Episcopal Church, Ministers & Churches (1925 - 2009)2
African Methodist Episcopal Church, Trends (1925 - 2009)2
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]
2 All data on clergy, members, and churches are taken from the National Council of Churches’ Historic Archive CD and recent print editions of the Council’s Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The CD archives all 68 editions of the Yearbook (formerly called Yearbook of the Churches and Yearbook of American Churches) from 1916 to 2000. Read more information on the Historic Archive CD and the Yearbook.
Membership figures are "inclusive." According to the Yearbook, this includes "those who are full communicant or confirmed members plus other members baptized, non-confirmed or non-communicant." Each denomination has its own criteria for membership.
When a denomination listed on the Historic Archive CD was difficult to identify, particularly in early editions of the Yearbook, the ARDA staff consulted numerous sources, including Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions and the Handbook of Denominations in the United States. In some cases, ARDA staff consulted the denomination’s website or contacted its offices by phone. When a denomination could not be positively identified, its data were omitted.