Veenendaal (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Veenendaal, a town in the Dutch province of Utrecht (coordinates: 52° 2′ 0″ N, 5° 33′ 0″ E), formerly the seat of a Mennonite congregation, which is found under different names: Veenendaal, Rijns(s)e Veen, Rhenensche Veen, Rijnse (Reense) Veer.
Concerning the founding of this congregation there is no information. It arose in the early 17th century, when the peat moors in this district were opened; many of the miners are said to have been Mennonites. The congregation, which belonged to the Flemish branch and in 1674 joined the Zonist conference, is first mentioned in 1629. Its membership was probably always very small. It was financially supported by the congregations of Utrecht, Amsterdam, Haarlem, Rotterdam, and Leiden. In the 17th century Marten Geurts, d. ca. 1685, was its elder. After his death it was served by the preachers of Utrecht and Amersfoort. In ca. 1708-1714 Claas Jacobsz was its preacher, and Petrus van Loon 1719-1753. In 1754 the congregation ceased holding meetings for lack of members, most of whom had joined the Reformed Church. But though the congregation is not found in the Naamlijst from 1766 on, it was not until May 1802 that the congregation was actually dissolved.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1863): 60, 98-101; (1916): 161; (1918): 126.
Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, Nos. 571, 1071, 1953, 1971, 1975, 1982-85; II, Nos. 1619, 2310-36, II, 2, No. 487.
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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Veenendaal (Utrecht, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 20 Feb 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Veenendaal_(Utrecht,_Netherlands)&oldid=109577.
Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Veenendaal (Utrecht, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 February 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Veenendaal_(Utrecht,_Netherlands)&oldid=109577.
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