Vollenhoven, Koenraad van (1611-1679)
Koenraad van Vollenhoven (Coenraad Lubbertsz), born 9 January 1611 at Schiedam, died 21 October 1679 at Haarlem, was married three times, in 1631 to Marytge van Bergum, in 1638 to Magteld Strick, and in 1669 to Gertruy Wybrandsdochter. He was a cloth merchant and a Mennonite preacher and elder, 1634-40 at Schiedam and 1640-d. 1679 in the Flemish den Blok congregation of Haarlem (it is not clear how he could sign a contract in Haarlem as early as September 1635, as is stated in DB 1865, 19). During his ministry at Haarlem this congregation also became involved in the differences between a more progressive and a more strictly conservative part, which had in Amsterdam led to the Lamist-Zonist schism (see Lammerenkrijgh). Van Vollenhoven sided with the liberal Lamists or Galenists, followers of Galenus Abrahamsz, supported by the preacher Jan des Rameaux, while the Haarlem conservative Flemish Mennonites were led by preacher Isaac Snep. The dissensions ended with a schism in 1665 as in Amsterdam; even the intervention of the magistrates of Haarlem could not prevent the split. In 1670 a wall was built in the Blok meetinghouse to separate it into two meetinghouses, one for the Lamists, led by van Vollenhoven, and one for the Zonists, led by Snep. Like most Lamists van Vollenhoven was a Collegiant.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1863): 130, 137-43, 1561 f. (1865): 19-21; (1909): 166.
Kuhler, W. J. Het Socinianisme in Nederland. Leiden, 1912: 174 f.
Slee, van J. C. De Rijnsburger Collegianten. Haarlem, 1895: 184.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 848. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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