Oosterbaan, a Dutch Mennonite family, originally living at Harlingen, Dutch province of Friesland. According to tradition its ancestors, Claes Aryaens and his wife, both Mennonites, residents of Flanders, fled from Bruges, Belgium, to Harlingen because of persecution about 1575. In Harlingen their son Arjen Clasen (d. 1623), a deacon of the Flemish congregation, lived as a merchant. He was married first to Geertie Everts (d. 1614), then to Antie IJsbrands (d. 1655). His descendants too were usually merchants, many of them also serving the church as deacons. The family name of Oosterbaan does not appear before the end of the 17th century. By marriage they were related to other well-known Harlingen Mennonite families such as Roorda, Dreyer, Hanekuyk, Styl, and Stinstra. A member of this family was Heere Oosterbaan, a Mennonite minister and professor in the Amsterdam Theological Seminary, as well as the following Mennonite pastors: Jacob Everts Oosterbaan, who served 1819-1824 at Woudsend, 1824-1829 at Den Up, and 1829-1839 at Workum, in which year he retired. Jacob Oosterbaan, d. 1872, serving at Pieterzij 1860-1866 and Midwolda 1866-1872. Johannes Arnoldus Oosterbaan (b. 1837 at Harlingen, d. 1901 at Makkum) was pastor of Mensingeweer 1863-1866, Giethoorn-Zuid 1866-1876, Staveren-Molkwerum 1876-1878, and Makkum 1878-1901. His son Pieter Oosterbaan (b. 1873 at Giethoorn, d. 1941 at Hilversum, married to J. Leverland) served at Sint Anna-Parochie 1898-1901, Uithuizen 1901-1907, and Huizen-Hilversum 1907-1938, in which year he retired. Johannes Arnoldus Oosterbaan, son of the former (b. 1910 at Hilversum, LL.D. 1934, and Th.D. 1953, married to R. C. Lugt), has been a pastor at Broek op Langendijk 1938-1940, Barsingerhorn 1940-1951, and Haarlem 1951-54. In 1954 he was appointed professor at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary and in the same year also at the University of Amsterdam as professor of philosophy of religion and ethics.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 69. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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