Heyningen, Gerardus van (1716-1801)
Gerardus van Heyningen, born 11 January 1716 at Amsterdam, died 3 January 1801 at Amsterdam, studied at the University at Utrecht, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1736, then studied at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary, was preacher of the Mennonite congregations of Utrecht 1739-1758 and Amsterdam "bij 't Lam" 1758-1801. His colleague, H. Tichelaar, on 15 February 1801 delivered his funeral sermon on Revelation 14:13 b, Lijkrede op G. v. Heyningen (Amsterdam, 1801, with portrait). Van Heyningen was a very active and influential man in the Amsterdam congregation. He tried to promote the establishment of more old people's homes. He had some typical ideas: when the church board discussed projects such as the establishment of a school for the poor children of the Amsterdam congregation, such as was founded in Haarlem, van Heyningen opposed it and the school never came into being. On 19 May 1796 he wrote a letter to the church board announcing that henceforth no more marriages should be performed in the meetinghouse.
Van Heyningen was married to Maria de Heger of Utrecht. He stemmed from a prominent and well-to-do Dutch Mennonite family of Amsterdam, where they have been living since the early 17th century, while other members lived at Utrecht. Gerardus van Heyningen was the son of Gerrit van Heyningen (1688-1749) and Elisabeth de Clercq. Besides his doctor's thesis De Mente Humana, he published a funeral sermon on the death of his colleague and uncle, Bartholomeus van Leuvenigh: Lykrede (Amsterdam, 1760).
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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 737. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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