Skip to Main Content

Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

Mainline Protestant

Mainline Protestant denominations typically emphasize a proactive view on issues of social and economic justice and a tolerance of varied individual beliefs. While mainline Protestantism is usually seen as more theologically and socially liberal than evangelical Protestantism, there obviously is variation among mainline denominations, congregations, and individuals. Examples of Mainline Protestant denominations include the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church, the Reformed Church in America, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Photo courtesy of Central Presbyterian Church (Louisville) website.

Mainline Protestant Denominations are listed below.