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Primitive Methodist Church
Classification Protestant
Orientation Holiness
Theology Methodism
Associations World Federation of Primitive Methodists
Christian Holiness Partnership
National Association of Evangelicals
Origin 1807
Separated from Wesleyan Methodist Church
Congregations 83
Members 8,487

The Primitive Methodist Church is a body of Holiness Christians within the Methodist tradition, which began in England in the early 19th century, with the influence of American evangelist Lorenzo Dow (1777–1834).

In the United States, the Primitive Methodist Church had eighty-three parishes and 8,487 members in 1996. In Great Britain and Australia, the Primitive Methodist Church merged with other denominations, to form the Methodist Church of Great Britain in 1932 and the Methodist Church of Australasia in 1901. The latter subsequently merged into the Uniting Church in Australia in 1977.


The Primitive Methodist Church recognizes the dominical sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, as well as other rites, such as Holy Matrimony.

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