SOUTHERN BAPTISTS SAY MEMBERSHIP TOPS 16 MILLION - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

04/25/02 - Nashville, Tennessee

SOUTHERN BAPTISTS SAY MEMBERSHIP TOPS 16 MILLION

The largest U-S Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, says it grew even bigger last year -- adding 92-thousand followers for a total membership that now tops 16 (m) million.

The denomination also reported almost 400-thousand baptisms last year. The next two largest Protestant denominations in terms of membership are the United Methodists, with more than eight (m) million, and the Church of God in Christ with five-and-a-half (m) million followers.

Roman Catholicism remains the largest religious body in the United States, with more than 63 (m) million members.

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