Cuperus, Johannes (1725-1777)

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Johannes Cuperus, a Dutch Mennonite preacher, born 10 March 1725, at Deinum, acquired a thorough education at Franeker and the Mennonite Seminary in Amsterdam and was called to den Hoorn on Texel, delivering his first sermon there in February 1753. In October of the same year he transferred to Vlissingen, and in 1758 to Utrecht (first sermon on 26 November), where he served until his death on 17 April 1777. He was a colleague of Marten Schagen, whose funeral sermon he preached in 1770, which was later published. On 7 November 1773 he had charge of the dedicatory service for the new Mennonite church in Utrecht (Kerkrede). He is praised for his excellent catechetical instruction. He must have had some contacts with the American Mennonites in the region of Philadelphia (see the letter to Krefeld and to Cuperus, Mennonite Quarterly Review 3, 1929, No. 4, 226-232). The Amsterdam Mennonite Library contains a valuable manuscript of 335 pages from his pen on the origin and divisions of the Dutch Mennonites, some of which was published in the Doopsgezinde Bijdragen. C. de Vries, a colleague of Cuperus and successor of Schagen, delivered his funeral sermon: De onderscheidene en uitsteken der Geluksaligheid . . . (Amsterdam, 1777).


Cuperus, Johannes. Kerkrede. Utrecht-Amsterdam, 1773.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1868):  85.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon,  4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 383.

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.  1545,  1954, 2341.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: II, 330-332.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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