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New Religious Movement Founders

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  • Mother Ann Lee (1736 - 1784)
    Ann Lee (29 February 1736 – 8 September 1784), commonly known as Mother Ann Lee, was the leader of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, or Shakers. In 1774 Ann Lee and a smal...
  • Prof. Philipp Melanchthon (1497 - 1560)
    Philipp Melanchthon (February 16, 1497 – April 19, 1560), born Philipp Schwartzerdt, was a German reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther, the first systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformatio...
  • Reverend John Maxson, I (1638 - 1720)
    Rev John Maxson, Sr Find A Grave Memorial# 34592077 Clark Ground, Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA Also known as: Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Westerly #56 Monument in the Hop...
  • Henry Hall, of Misquamicutt (c.1637 - 1705)
    Henry Hall was  born about 1637 in Misquamicutt, Kings Co., Rhode Island and died 5 Nov 1705 Westerly, RI  Family parents:  John Hall III b abt 1605 in England   & Elizabeth Rogers ? Married ...

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
  • 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
  • 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