During the years of French rule, Roman Catholicism was the official religion of the Mississippi region. The period of British control from 1763 to 1783 made the Church of England the state church and attracted numerous Protestant settlers. Protestantism continued to increase even after part of the area passed to Spain and Roman Catholicism once more became official. The first Baptist church in the region was founded in 1791, and the first Methodist church in 1799. After the creation of the Mississippi Territory in 1798 these two denominations rapidly increased their membership among both whites and blacks in Mississippi.
The first Presbyterian church in the territory was established in 1804. The Episcopal faith was largely confined to planters in the Mississippi River counties. Lutheranism was introduced into the state in the 1840s.
At the present time the great majority of church members in Mississippi are Protestants. Baptist congregations make up the largest Protestant group. In addition, there are also substantial numbers of Methodists. The Roman Catholic population is generally concentrated in the coastal area and along the Mississippi River. There are also some Jewish congregations in the state. At Jackson is the national headquarters of the Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A. "Mississippi" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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