Steenwijk (Overijssel, Netherlands)
Steenwijk, a town (1947 pop. 8,677, with 171 Mennonites) in the Dutch province of Overijssel, the seat of a Mennonite congregation. This congregation had formerly its seat at Zuidveen, a hamlet about two miles south of Steenwijk. For the early history of this church see Zuidveen. In 1848, since most of the members were then living at Steenwijk, a new meetinghouse and parsonage were built at Steenwijk, dedicated on 4 May 1848, by Koenraad Hovens Greve, then the pastor of the congregation. He served until 1862, and was followed by A. J. Bijl 1862-1904, E. Engelkes 1905-13, G. Fopma 1913-42, W. I. Fleischer 1942-46, Miss J. H. van der Slooten 1946-54, and H. J. de Wilde 1954- .
The meetinghouse of 1848 is still in use; in 1896 it was provided with an organ. The membership, which was about 135 in 1848, was 129 in 1861, 190 in 1900, and 167 in 1958. Outstanding families of the Steenwijk congregation were the Rijkmans and Veen families. There is a ladies' circle. During the 16th century there was some Anabaptist activity at Steenwijk. Elder Leenaert Bouwens baptized five persons here in 1552.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1878): 1, 37; (1882): 118; (1896): 204.
Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1850): 40.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 623. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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