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The Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de Vereenigde Nederlanden is a register of names, reporting the Dutch Mennonite congregations with their elders and preachers and the years when they began to serve. Starting in 1743, the congregations in Prussia were included, and from 1765 on also those in South Germany and France. Occasionally some information was given about the Mennonite congregations of Switzerland and America. Beginning in 1782 some information was added concerning the congregations, called Kernieuws. Though sometimes a little inaccurate, the Naamlijst is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of both the congregations and their ministers. A letter written on 30 August 1764 by Jacob Hirschel (Hirschler, elder at Gerolsheim) to the editor in Amsterdam (Inv. Arch. Amst.) shows that the composers tried to obtain firsthand information. Under somewhat varying titles the following editions are still extant: 1731, 1743, 1755, 1757, 1759-76, 1787-94, 1796, 1798, 1800, 1802, 1804, 1806, 1808, 1810, 1815 (edited by A. H. van Gelder), and 1829 (by Samuel Muller), all published in Amsterdam and mostly together with a register of Remonstrant congregations in the Netherlands and their ministers. There were also  German editions of the Naamlijst in 1759 and 1802 (see Namensverzeichnis). The Naamlijst was followed by the Doopsgezind Jaarboekje, first published in 1837.

Of the Naamlijst van de Leeraren bij de Doopsgezinden in Vriesland, Groningerland en de Vijf Eilanden there is only one issue (Leeuwarden, 1779), composed by F. van der Ploeg who was at that time the Mennonite minister at Dokkum.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 198.

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: v. II, 2, No. 690.

Additional Information

Transcription of 1787 list published: Goertz, Adalbert. "Ein Predigerverzeichnis aus dem Jahre 1787." Mennonitische Geschichtblätter XIX (1962): 42-50.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de Vereenigde Nederlanden." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 13 Feb 2016.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1957). Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de Vereenigde Nederlanden. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 February 2016, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 804. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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