Maldegem, Jacques (b. ca. 1580)
Jacques (Jacob) van Maldegem, a Mennonite preacher born about 1580 at Hansbeke near Zomergem, in the bishopric of Ghent, Belgium, was banished from the bishopric because of his successful work for his brotherhood. In 1614 he was made elder of the church at Aardenburg in Dutch Zeeland-Flanders and on 12 April 1615 he was taken prisoner at a church service. He was a cattle breeder by trade and in addition he faithfully served the Mennonite church. He preached not only at Aardenburg, but also at Sint Martensdijk and, braving the mandate of the magistrates, in 1630 at Zomergem. He was active especially in trying to win over to the Mennonites the Protestant refugees from Flanders. By this activity he incurred the displeasure of the Reformed magistrates of Aardenburg. In 1634 he was seized by the Spaniards and was held in Bruges and later in Damme, but acquired his freedom on 16 September 1635. He preached several times more and then, probably by government orders, resigned his ministry. From 1636 there is no further record of his work in Aardenburg; in 1647 he was still active, for in that year he officiated at a marriage at Sint Martensdijk.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1876): 81, 86, 98 f., 108, 109-115; (1883): 4-6; (1884): 59.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: III, 2.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 444. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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