Arend Hendrik van Gelder, the son of Arend van Gelder and Susanna Oortman, was born on 11 January 1756, at Amsterdam, and died there unmarried on 18 August 1819. He was the minister of the Mennonite congregation in Middelie in 1773-1779, Westzaan-Zuid 1779, Amsterdam (de Zon and from 1801 the United Mennonite Church) 1779-1819. At Amsterdam he was very active in bringing about the union of the two Mennonite churches, which was achieved in 1801. He was particularly zealous in promoting the association Nut van't Algemeen. He wrote Redevoeringen over onderwerpen uit de natuurlyke Historie (2 vols., 1813 and 1816). In addition he was one of the compilers of the Groote Bündel, in which 25 hymns of his composition were included. Many of them are also found in the Leidsche Bündel. The Doopsgezinde Bündel, the hymnal later used by the Dutch Mennonites, contains only one song composed by van Gelder. When the Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit was founded in 1811, van Gelder was a member of the first executive board.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1898): 2 ff.; 24 ff.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 47.
Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. Leiden, 1911-1937: III, 198 f.
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