Leendertz, Willem Isaac (1850-1917)
Willem Isaac Leendertz, b. 25 November 1850 at Kleve, Germany, d. 19 October 1917 at Amsterdam, was married to Geertruida Kops of Utrecht. He was a son of Abraham Cornelis Leendertz, pastor at Kleve, and like his father a Mennonite preacher. He was educated at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary, and served the congregations in Wormer-Jisp in 1875-1878, Ouddorp 1878-1881, Veenwouden 1881-1888, De Rijp 1888-1890, and Amsterdam 1890-1912. Urged by de Hoop Scheffer he wrote a treatise on Melchior Hoffman, which won a prize given by the Teyler Theological Society; it was published in 1883. He was closely attached to the Mennonite brotherhood, but also liked to work with other groups. From 1887 to 1914 he was editor of Geloof en Vrijheid, a Protestant quarterly, in which all kinds of articles from his pen appeared. The ministry in Amsterdam with its varied tasks, especially with his many hours of instruction (sometimes 24 in a week), did not leave him much time for historical studies. In Geloof en Vrijheid 23 (1889) he published an important paper, "Johannes Deknatel, een piëtist onder de Doopsgezinden." Nevertheless he devoted much time and interest to the Dutch Mennonite Mission Association, serving as its secretary 1895-1917, and in this capacity carried on an extensive correspondence with the missionaries in Java and Sumatra, his German education serving him well. In 1912 he resigned his ministry for reasons of health.
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Zondagsbode 30 (1916-1917), No. 52; 31 (1917-1918), No. 2.
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