Rottevalle (Friesland, Netherlands)

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Rottevalle, a village in the Dutch province of Friesland (coordinates: 53° 8′ 43″ N, 6° 6′ 13″ E), the seat of a Mennonite congregation, which was originally centered in the neighboring hamlet of Witveen. Here Mennonites settled about 1620-1640 to cultivate the moors and to dig peat. In the second half of the 18th century the congregation, known at that time as Witveen-Rottevalle, had a meetinghouse in each of the two villages. Gradually the congregation center shifted to Rottevalle. Soon after 1830 the Witveen meetinghouse was dismantled because it was dilapidated and also because very few members were living there; the church in Rottevalle was remodeled and enlarged in 1838. An organ was installed in 1931. The membership was 108 in 1751, 72 in 1847, 101 in 1900, and 142 in 1958. In 1734 Witveen joined the Conference (Sociëteit) of Friesland, followed in 1778 by Rottevalle. The last lay preacher in this congregation was Volkert Klazes Klosma ("Volkert Oom"), who served from 1799 to 1830. After his retirement the pulpit was vacant for nearly ten years. Since 1839 the ministers of the Rottevalle congregation have all been educated at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary. Church activities include Sunday school for children, Menniste Bouwers (ages 12-15), youth group, and ladies' circle.


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Additional Information

Rottevalle Ministers

Minister Years
Volkert Klazes Klosma 1799-1830
H. A. van Cleef 1839-1851
A. Loosjes 1852-1853
P. Bruyn 1854-1855
A. Käyser 1856-1858
J. van Delden 1859-1861
B. Cuperus 1861-1863
H. C. Hofkes 1863-1868
H. ter Meulen 1869-1873
S. Wartena Jr. 1873-1880
L. Hesta 1882-1884
A. K. Kuiper 1889-1895
P. J. Glasz 1896-1898
E. Engelkes 1899-1902
J. Hulshoff 1903-1909
A. Stiel 1910-1925
Miss S. E. Doyer 1926-1943
Miss M. J. van Hamel 1946-1954
A. Zwartendijk

of Surhuisterveen

Miss S. E. Doyer 1957-   


Map:Rottevalle, Friesland

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Rottevalle (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 22 Apr 2018.,_Netherlands)&oldid=84749.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Rottevalle (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 April 2018, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=84749.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 374. All rights reserved.

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