The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Delaware

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As of January 1, 2011, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 4,585 members in one stake,[1] and 13 congregations (10 wards[2] and three branches[2]) in Delaware.[3]


Block teaching began in 1941 among some 16 LDS families meetings began May 4, and the Wilmington branch was organized September 28, 1941. The branch, with 9 adults and 10 children, continued with little growth for the next decade. In 1950, some 63 attended a branch party at the home of the branch president. The Salisbury Branch was organized in 1953. The Dover Branch was organized later that decade.[4]

Membership History[edit]

Year LDS Membership
1941 19
1960 400
1974 1,350
1980 1,767
1990 3,178
1999 3,730
2008 4,716


In 1960, the Philadelphia Stake was created which included Delaware congregations. On December 8, 1974, the Wilmington Delaware Stake was created covering the Delaware and nearby areas in Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. On November 18, 1979, the New Jersey Wards and branches of the Wilmington Stake were organized as the Pitman New Jersey Stake.

On June 18, 2006, William W. John, programs manager at DuPont, became stake president for the Wilmington Delaware Stake. [5]

On April 12, 2012, The Dover Delaware stake (Delaware's second) was created from the Wilmington Delaware Stake.[6]


  1. ^ Delaware Stakes.LDS Stake & Ward Web Sites. List of Stakes in Delaware.
  2. ^ a b LDS Meetinghouse Locator.Nearby Congregations (Wards and Branches).
  3. ^ LDS Newsroom (Statistical Information)
  4. ^ Helen Candland Stark, The L.D.S. Church in Delaware: A Book of Remebrance,1966.
  5. ^ "New Stake Presidents", Church News. July 29, 2006.
  6. ^ "New Stake Presidents", Church News, May 5, 2012.

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