Gorter, Simon Henri Nicolaas (1885-1967)
Simon Henri Nicolaas Gorter, b. 25 June 1885, at Hoorn, son of Pastor Klaas Gorter and a descendant of an old family of Mennonite preachers, studied at the University of Amsterdam and the Mennonite Seminary of Amsterdam. He served the congregation of Zijldijk 1910-1912, Twisk 1912-1914, Sappemeer 1914-1916, Rotterdam 1916-1946, and Apeldoorn 1946-1951. Gorter was a well-known Dutch Mennonite leader, a member of the Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit (General Conference), editor of the Doopsgezinde Jaarboekje 1932-1943, and of the Algemeen Doopsgezind Weekblad 1946-1950. He was a popular radio speaker. During a number of years he was a coeditor with C. E. Hooykaas, a Remonstrant preacher of Rotterdam, of De Stroom, a religious liberal weekly. He was a delegate at the Mennonite world conferences held at Basel 1925, Danzig 1930, and Amsterdam 1936.
His name is gratefully remembered among hundreds of Mennonite emigrants who passed from Russia via Rotterdam to Canada and Brazil in 1928 and following years when he was president of the Hollandsch Doopsgezind Emigranten Bureau. Besides reports published in the records of the Mennonite world conferences of 1930 and 1936, and a large number of articles in various issues of the Doopsgezind ]aarboekje, Zondagsbode, and Algemeen Doopsgezind Weekblad, he published Waarom zijn wij nog Doopsgezind (Rotterdam, 1921); Doopsgezinde Emigratie (1934); Medewerkers, a farewell sermon, Rotterdam, 1946); Levende Steenen, a sermon preached at Apeldoorn in 1946 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the congregation; Langs de Vloedlijn (sermons, Zeist, 1941), Voor de Oude Dag, a volume of addresses given on the V.P.R.O. broadcast (Amsterdam, n.d., 1953); and Waarom zijn wij Doopsgezind, issued by the A.D.S. in 1954. He died 2 August 1967.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 545-546. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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