The Church of God (Cleveland, TN) in North Carolina

by Alfred W. Stuart
Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2010.
Reprinted with permission from The North Carolina Atlas Revisited. Managing editor: Alfred W. Stuart.

Church of God
Adherents of the Church of God denomination that is headquartered in Cleveland, TN also experienced rapid growth between 1990 and 2000, rising in number by nearly 48% (Table 1). In fact, among the larger denominations, their growth rate was second only to that of the Catholic Church. The congregations are relatively smaller, each averaging 185 adherents. Figure 3, above, shows that these congregations, while well represented in the Charlotte metro area, are concentrated primarily in many of the state’s rural areas. Most notable is a belt along the Inner Coastal Plain that crosses the state from Halifax to Robeson County. On the other hand, northeastern North Carolina contains most of the counties that contain no Church of God congregations.


Additional Resources:

2012 Statistical Abstract. Population: Religion. U.S. Census Bureau.

Guide to Researching the History of Religion in North Carolina: Church of God. UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries.

Hartford Institute for Religion Research.

State Membership Report, North Carolina. The Association of Relgion Data Archives (ARDA)


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