Christianity in Burma

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Christianity in Burma has a history dating to the early 18th century.

Roman Catholicism in Burma[edit]

There is a significant Roman Catholic minority among the churches of Burma.

Protestantism in Burma[edit]

Adoniram Judson

The Protestant churches of Burma were begun in the early 19th century by Adoniram Judson, an American Baptist missionary. Since the 1800s, Christianity has become deeply rooted and has grown stronger through many adversities. In 1865 the Myanmar Baptist Convention was established and in 1927, the Willis and Orlinda Pierce Divinity School was founded in Rangoon as a Baptist seminary. It is still operating as the Myanmar Institute of Theology, catering to students of many Protestant denominations.

In 1966 all missionaries were expelled by the Burmese government, but the Burmese church has become a vibrant missionary-sending movement, despite financial limitations and geographic isolation. Baptists, Assemblies of God, Methodists and Anglicans form the strongest denominations in Burma.

Most Christians are from the minority ethnic groups such as the Chin, Karen, Lisu, Kachin, and Lahu. CIA Factbook [1] say, 4% of the population of Myanmar is Christian (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%). The Anglican Communion is represented in Burma by the Church of the Province of Myanmar. As of 2006, it has about 62,000 members.[1]

Orthodox Christianity in Burma[edit]

Main article: Orthodoxy in Burma

There is a small Armenian Orthodox Christian minority in Burma[2] centred on St. John the Baptist Armenian Apostolic Church in Yangon.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ World Council of Churches, 2006-01-01, Church of the Province of Myanmar. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  2. ^ BBC News: The last Armenians of Myanmar
  3. ^ BBC News: The preacher refusing to give up the keys to a Yangon church