Church of the Brethren
The Church of the Brethren is a Christian denomination with origins in the Schwarzenau Brethren that was organized in 1708 by Alexander Mack in Schwarzenau, Germany. The Brethren movement began as a combination of radical Pietist and Anabaptist ideas during the Protestant Reformation. The first of its congregations in the United States was established in 1723. They were known as "Dunkers," and more formally as German Baptist Brethren. The denomination holds the New Testament as its only creed.
The Church of the Brethren represents the largest body descending from Mack's Schwarzenau Brethren church. The denomination had 122,810 members as of June 2010 and 1,047 congregations in the United States and Puerto Rico as of August 2010. The church is affiliated with six liberal arts colleges and one seminary (Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana). General offices and the Brethren Press are located in Elgin, Illinois.
- Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia
- Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
- Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
- University of La Verne in La Verne, California
- Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana
- McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas
- Church of the Brethren Newsline;Church Of The Brethren Continues Annual Drop In Membership; Walt Wiltschek;(May 28, 2008); Elgin Il
- Church directory. Church of the Brethren. Retrieved on November 17, 2012.