Graaf, Volkert de (18th century)

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Volkert (de) Graaf was a Dutch Mennonite preacher, serving 1728-1737 at Zwartsluis and 1737-1764 at Blokzijl. Influenced by Joannes Deknatel, a Mennonite preacher of Amsterdam, he became a follower of Count von Zinzendorf and the Moravians, in the Netherlands usually called "Hernhutters." With the Hernhutter preacher Lorenz, a clothmaker, de Graaf traveled through Friesland preaching; as a result a small Hernhutter congregation was founded in Blokzijl, which met for a time in de Graaf's house. De Graaf seems to have entertained the desire to be a Moravian missionary to Surinam, but for some reason this desire was not realized. In 1755 de Graaf left the Hernhutters; a number of members of the Blokzijl Mennonite congregation, among them the deacon Arie Stuurman, however, held to this group.


Liitjeharms, W. Het philadelphisch-oecumenisch streuen der Hernhutters in de Nederlanden in de achttiende eeuw. Zeist, 1935: 62, 82, 84, 103 f., 135.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Graaf, Volkert de (18th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 9 Aug 2020.,_Volkert_de_(18th_century)&oldid=107820.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Graaf, Volkert de (18th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 9 August 2020, from,_Volkert_de_(18th_century)&oldid=107820.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 559. All rights reserved.

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