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Nukerke (Nieukerke, in Anabaptist literature mostly called Nijpkerke or Nipkerke), a village (population ca. 2,400 in the mid-1950s) in the Belgian province of East Flanders, where Leenaert Bouwens baptized 20, or perhaps even 43 persons in 1551-1561. Even before Bouwens visited Nijpkerke, there was a Mennonite congregation here, which together with a number of other congregations in Flanders wrote a letter to the ministers at Antwerp (see Kortrijk, Adriaen van). Jan de Swarte, executed in 1563 at Rijssel, France, was a preacher of the congregation at Nijpkerke. Nothing is known of the congregation after this execution. It died out probably soon after because the members moved elsewhere for fear of persecution. Nukerke is still a center of the weaving industry; in the 16th century most of its inhabitants were weavers.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Nukerke (Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 31 May 2016.,_Belgium)&oldid=76495.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Nukerke (Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 May 2016, from,_Belgium)&oldid=76495.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 926. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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