Tjommes, Pieke (d. ca. 1781)
Pieke Tjommes (d. ca. 1781), a Dutch Mennonite, was a merchant at Heerenveen and a preacher in the Heerenveen-Knijpe Waterlander congregation from 1736. On the charge made by the Reformed pastor of Knijpe, abetted by the Reformed classis of Zevenwolden, accusing him and his co-preachers Wytze Jeens Brouwer and Wybe Pieters Zeeman of teaching Socinian doctrines, all three had to answer before the district governor of Schoterland. They were asked whether they agreed with the formulary issued by the States of Friesland in 1722. Wybe Pieters declared that he agreed with the articles of the formulary, but Wytze Jeens and Pieke refused to express themselves on this point, because in matters of religion they were not inclined to use other terminology than that used in the Scriptures. Thereupon Wytze and Pieke were suspended (23 August 1738). Upon an appeal by the congregation to the States of Friesland, the two were examined by some Reformed pastors and judged to be unorthodox on four points (13 March 1739). The suspension was not revoked and when H. Portier presented a petition on their behalf in which he used the term "inquisition" to describe the action of the States, both preachers were deposed (5 June 1739). Thereupon the Mennonite conference of Friesland deeply concerned itself with the question, though in vain. (See Stinstra, Johannes.) Finally on 15 April 1743, Jeens and Tjommes were again permitted to preach and both continued their ministry, Pieke Tjommes however only until 1745, in which year he resigned. The reason is not clear. It may have been because the intolerance of the Frisian States discouraged him, or that his congregation disappointed him. But more likely it was because his religious views had changed. In 1747 he joined the Hernhutters (Moravian Brethren) and occasionally participated in their communion services at Zeist.
Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839: 208-10.
Lütjeharms, W. Het Philadelphisch-Oecumenisch streven der Hernhutters . . . . Zeist, 1935: 65.
Veen, P. H. De Doopsgezinden in Schoterland. Leeuwarden, 1869: 35 ff., 42, 65-75, 134, 164, 167-172.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 732. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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