Woudsend (Friesland, Netherlands)
Woudsend, a town in the Dutch province of Friesland, the seat of a Mennonite congregation, which, according to Blaupot ten Cate, was founded in 1600-1620. This congregation was called Waterlander; in the 17th century there was at Woudsend also a small Janjacobsgezinden church, which may have been somewhat older than the Waterlander congregation. Concerning the Janjacobsgezinden, however, there is no further information; this congregation may have dissolved by 1630. In 1695 the Waterlander church joined the Mennonite conference of Friesland (FDS), then numbering about 40 baptized members; Arjen Clasen was its preacher from 1682 until 1727. A meetinghouse erected in 1722 had some stained glass windows. It was replaced by a new church, dedicated 13 February 1859.
The membership was always small: ca. 40 in 1695, ca. 30 in 1761, 34 in 1838, 39 in 1861, 50 in 1900, 29 in 1958. The baptism book of the congregation dates from 1682. Until 1819 the congregation was served by untrained and unsalaried preachers, chosen from their own members, of whom Uilke Johannes Stinne, serving 1769-1800, and Foeke Ymes Postma 1800-1819 were the last ones. In 1819 J. Oosterbaan, educated at the Amsterdam seminary, was called to serve in Woudsend (until 1824); he was followed by H. W. Woudstra 1826-1827, J. S. Bakker 1828-1830, G. J. Boetje 1831-1837, J. de Liefde 1837-1839, P. Douwes Dekker 1839-1840, P. Leendertz Wz 1840-1855, J. D. van der Plaats 1856-1883, S. J. Andriessen 1890-1897, J. Koster 1897-1902, K. Vos 1903-1911, H. G. Berg 1912-1915, R. C. de Lange 1915-1919. Since 1920 the pastor of neighboring Balk has also been the pastor of the Woudsend congregation.
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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1861): 144 f.; (1895): 12; (1901): 145 f.
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Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam, 1829: 53 f.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 989. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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