Teerns, Jelle Sipkes van (1738-1823)
Jelle Sipkes van Teerns, (1738-29 March 1823), whose father was a farmer near Leeuwarden in Friesland, Netherlands, and who at first was a farmer himself, thereupon a carpenter, educated himself by reading, particularly on history and theology. In 1768 he was chosen as preacher of the Veenwouden Mennonite congregation and earned his living by continuing his carpentry. He soon established a reputation as an eloquent preacher. In February 1771 he moved to IJlst, where he served the small Waterlander congregation for nearly 50 years, retiring in 1818.
Jelle Sipkes was a clear-headed man; his piety had a strong moralistic tendency; his ideas were rather liberal, both concerning religion and politics. He was always interested in political affairs; as a "patriot" he took an active part in the government both of his home town and the provincial government of Friesland in 1795-96. In his private life he had to contend with many sorrows and cares because of illness in his family. Parts of his diary were published by H. J. Busé in Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1909. His son Sipke Jelles van Teerns (1776-1829), a baker by trade, was like his father an untrained minister, serving at Irnsum from 1804 until his death.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1870): 151; (1909): 49-103; (1912): 110.
Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam 1829: 49 ff., 54.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 691. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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