Largest U.S. Churches, 2009

The following table lists the largest church denominations in the United States by members. Figures are for 2009.

Denomination nameMembers
(thousands)
The Roman Catholic Church 67,117
Southern Baptist Convention 16,266
United Methodist Church, The 7,932
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The 5,873
Church of God in Christ, The 5,450
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc 5,000
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 4,710
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc 3,500
Presbyterian Church (USA) 2,941
Assemblies of God 2,863
African Methodist Episcopal Church 2,500
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America 2,500
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc 2,500
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), The 2,383
Episcopal Church 2,117
Churches of Christ 1,639
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America 1,500
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc 1,500
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 1,400
American Baptist Churches in the USA 1,358
Baptist Bible Fellowship International 1,200
United Church of Christ 1,145
Jehovah's Witnesses 1,092
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 1,072
Church of God 1,054
NOTE: Includes the self-reported membership of religious bodies with 650,000 or more as reported to the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Groups may be excluded if they do not supply information. The data are not standardized so comparisons between groups are difficult. The definition of “church member” is determined by the religious body.
Source: 2009 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, National Council of Churches.

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

U.S. Religious Sects Originating in the 19th CenturyReligionNon-Christian Religious Adherents in the United States
Largest U.S. Churches, 2009

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Top 10 Free Homework Help Websites
Is helping your child with homework more frustrating and confusing than ever before, thanks to the new Common Core standards? Check out the best free homework help websites to boost kids' success in math, science, English, and more.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

11 Fantastic Fall Apple Desserts
Nothing says fall like the smell of an apple dessert baking in the oven. Use up your family's surplus of apples with our 11 favorite apple dessert recipes.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!