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New Religious Movement Founders

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  • Dwight Leslie Armstrong (1904 - 1984)
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  • Herbert W Armstrong (1892 - 1986)
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  • Garner Ted Armstrong (1930 - 2003)
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  • Stephen Mumford (b. - 1707)
    The study of the Scriptures in America brought Samuel and Tacy Hubbard to the Baptist principle of believer’s baptism in 1647, and membership in the First Baptist Church of Newport, Rhode Island...
  • Tacy Hubbard (1609 - 1687)
    Founder of the Seventh-Day Baptist Church in America "The first recorded Seventh Day Baptist meeting was held at The Mill Yard Church in London in 1653 under the leadership of Dr. Peter Chamberlen. H...

New Religious Movements are those traditions, either independent religions or movements within existing religious frameworks, established from roughly 1800 C.E. forward. Some famous examples include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, Pentecostalism, Scientology, Wicca, the Baha'i Faith, Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidism, and Messianic Judaism.

Status of Project

Current Objectives

The current priorities for the project are:

  • Gathering all related profiles currently on Geni
  • Creating basic profiles for founders not yet on Geni

Once profiles are gathered, tree-building and content-revising can be completed later.

Future Objectives

If the project gathers enough steam, we might be able to do sub-projects based on which traditions inspired each of the founders -- for example, NRMs in the Christian tradition, NRMs in the Jewish tradition, etc.

An organized list of founders by theological thematics, geographic scope, or chronology might also be a nice addition.

Founders in Project

Founders to Add

This list is incomplete. Please help by adding to it.

  • Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • J. N. Andrews, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventists
  • Joseph Bates, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventists
  • Alexander Campbell, co-founder of the Restoration movement
  • Thomas Campbell, co-founder of the Restoration movement
  • James Hal Cone, co-founder of the Black liberation theology movement
  • Ignaz von Döllinger, founder of the Old Catholic Church
  • Josemaria Escriva, founder of the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei
  • Charles Grandison Finney, co-founder of the Revivalist movement
  • Gerald Gardner, founder of the modern Wicca movement
  • Max Heindel, founder of the Rosicrucian Fellowship
  • Samuel E. Hill, co-founder of the Gideons International
  • Franciszek Hodur, founder of the Polish National Catholic Church
  • William Irvine, founder of the Two-by-Twos/Testimony movement
  • Allan Kardec (born Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail), founder of the organized Spiritism movement
  • Samuel King, co-founder of the Cumberland Presbyterian movement
  • Felix Y. Manalo, founder of the Iglesia ni Cristo
  • Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement
  • Wallace Fard Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam
  • Benjamin Wills Newton, co-founder of the Plymouth Brethren movement
  • John H. Nicholson, co-founder of the Gideons International
  • A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
  • George Rapp (born Johann Georg Rapp), founder of the Harmonist movement and the Harmony Society
  • Friedrich Schleiermacher, founder of the Liberal Christianity movement
  • Francis Schuckardt, co-founder of the Sedevacantist movement
  • William J. Seymour, co-founder of Pentecostalism
  • Nathaniel William Taylor, founder of the New Haven Theology movement
  • Dr. John Thomas, founder of the Christadelphian movement
  • George Wigram, co-founder of the Plymouth Brethren movement
  • Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo, founder of the Subud movement