Johann Jakob van Kampen was the last unsalaried minister of the Danzig Mennonite Church, b. 1803 in Schottland near Danzig, d. 8 November 1867. He stemmed from an old Mennonite family in Elbing. Jost van Kampen, who acquired citizenship there in 1585, placed a plot of land at the disposal of the congregation, on which the first chapel was erected in 1590. In 1835 Johann van Kampen was made a director of the Danzig church, and in 1861 was chosen minister to support Jakob Mannhardt. He served faithfully in this capacity until his death. He arranged the archives, collected books for the church library, and conscientiously continued the church records begun by Anton Schreder; after his death Wilhelm Mannhardt continued them. For several years van Kampen was a member of the city council and chairman of the city Poor Commission (Armenkommission) as well as of an orphanage in Danzig.
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