Assen (Drenthe, Netherlands)
Assen is the capital of the Dutch province of Drenthe (2007 population, 64,000), where on 15 March 1896 several Mennonite residents formed a Mennonite group. B. P. Plantinga of Meppel conducted the first service on 20 September 1896, and came regularly to preach and to give catechetical instruction. The group became a congregation on 28 May 1899, but remained united with Meppel until 1916. From 1917 to 1948 it was united with Stadskanaal, and after 1950 again with Meppel. For many years the Assen congregation held its meetings in a rented hall (of the Nutsgebouw). In 1908 it acquired a church of its own, dedicated 10 October. The membership of the church was 45 in 1900, 51 in 1926, and 95 in 1952.
After B. P. Plantinga removed from Meppel in 1897, Assen was served by the preachers of Meppel: A. Binnertsz Szn, 1897-1902; W. J. Kühler, 1902-1905; T. H. van Veen, 1905-1916, the latter in Meppel until 1940. In 1917 Assen acquired a minister of its own in S. Spaans, 1917-1939, later in combination with Stadskanaal. After him came H. J. de Wilde, 1941-1946; Miss M. Knot, 1946-1947. In the 1950s the congregation had a woman's association and a Sunday school for the children.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1896): 204; (1897): 253; (1899): 209; (1910): 88-99.
Address: Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Assen, Oranjestraat 13, Assen, Netherlands
Website: Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Assen
Denominational Affiliation: Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 179. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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