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Sovereign Grace Churches - Rankings by Area (Metro-Areas) [Counties] [States]

Sovereign Grace Ministries, formerly known as People of Destiny International (until 2003) and Sovereign Grace Ministries (until 2014), dates back to the early 1970s and a ministry by Larry Tomczak and C. J. Mahaney. The ministry efforts of Tomczak and Mahaney led to the establishment of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in 1978. In 1982, they founded People of Destiny International (PDI) to provide resources and training for churches, primarily through commissioning apostles to work with individual churches. In 1998, Tomczak left PDI over theological differences, and the group changed its name to Sovereign Grace Ministries. In 2014, they again changed their name to better reflect their identity as a family of churches. [View our profile of Sovereign Grace Churches]

Using data from the 1980-2020 U.S. Religion Census, this list ranks U.S. Metro-Areas on the highest number of Sovereign Grace Churches congregations. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.

Metro-Area Congregations 2020
1 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area 7
2 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area 5
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area 3
4 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area 2
4 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area 2
4 El Paso, TX Metro Area 2
4 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area 2
4 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area 2
4 New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metro Area 2
4 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area 2
4 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area 2
12 Akron, OH Metro Area 1
12 Athens, TN Micro Area 1
12 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area 1
12 Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ Metro Area 1
12 Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX Metro Area 1
12 Barnstable Town, MA Metro Area 1
12 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area 1
12 Bozeman, MT Micro Area 1
12 Charleston-North Charleston, SC Metro Area 1
12 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area 1
12 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL Metro Area 1
12 Dayton-Kettering, OH Metro Area 1
12 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR Metro Area 1
12 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA Metro Area 1
12 Hastings, NE Micro Area 1
12 Jacksonville, FL Metro Area 1
12 Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area 1
12 Knoxville, TN Metro Area 1
12 LaGrange, GA-AL Micro Area 1
12 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metro Area 1
12 Midland, TX Metro Area 1
12 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area 1
12 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL Metro Area 1
12 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ Metro Area 1
12 Reading, PA Metro Area 1
12 Richmond, VA Metro Area 1
12 Roanoke, VA Metro Area 1
12 Roseburg, OR Micro Area 1
12 Sioux Falls, SD Metro Area 1
12 Tucson, AZ Metro Area 1
12 Warsaw, IN Micro Area 1
12 Wilmington, NC Metro Area 1
12 Yuma, AZ Metro Area 1

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 373 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 156.

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