Tjalleberd, a village in the Dutch province of Friesland, where according to Blaupot ten Cate, Mennonites were found from the early 17th century, Jacob Theunis, an elder of the Janjacobsgezinden, baptizing here 14 persons in 1603-1618. Of a Janjacobsgezinde congregation at Tjalleberd, however, nothing is known. If there was one, it had disappeared by 1700.
A new congregation was founded at Tjalleberd in 1817. Shortly after 1800 a number of Mennonite families from Giethoorn had moved to Tjalleberd to dig the peat moors here and in the neighboring hamlets of Gersloot and Luinjeberd. Gerrit Bakker, from 1811 pastor of the neighboring congregation of Oldeboorn, took care of the Mennonites in Tjalleberd and its environs; on 26 February 1817, he conducted a service in a barn at Gersloot, which was the beginning of the Tjalleberd congregation. A meetinghouse was built, dedicated on 15 November 1818. The membership then numbered 23; among these were fourteen persons who had moved in from Giethoorn, where they had been baptized. The first preacher of the congregation was Teunis Wolter Schreurs, an untrained minister, from Zwartsluis, who with great blessing served until his death in 1826. Pieter Willem van Zutphen 1836-40 was the first pastor of Tjalleberd, trained at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary. From 1955 Miss T. G. Siccama, then at Bovenknijpe, was temporarily in charge of the Tjalleberd congregation; in 1957 she moved to Wolvega and also serves at Tjalleberd in a more definite union.
The old meetinghouse and parsonage was remodeled in 1847, 1857, and 1867. The present church was built in 1867. A pipe organ was added in 1888.
Only once, in November 1832, the ban was applied and a member cut off from the church. Among the early members were found the following family names, which also are found in Giethoorn: Baas, Petter, Ruiter, Meester, Broers (Broer), Dam, Schreurs, Krikke, Simons, Klaren, and Otter. About 1838 some members of the Wuite family came to Tjalleberd from Giethoorn. Church activities are ladies' circle, youth group, and Sunday school for children.
Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839: 164, 245, 248.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1861): 143; (1872): 4, 191; (1873): 190; (1901): 17.
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, Nos. 2278; v. II, 2, No. 493.
Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam, 1829: 52 ff.
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Veenland, U. Y. "Het 100-jarig bestaan der Gemeente te Tjalleberd." Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1919): 62-81.
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Congregation: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Tjalleberd
Address: Aengwirderweg 318, 8458 CL Tjalleberd, Netherlands
 Doopsgezinde Gemeente Tjalleberd Ministers
|Teunis Wolter Schreurs||1817-1826|
|Wiebe Gosses Hulsinga||1826-1829|
|U. H. Jeepsz||1830-1833|
|Pieter Willem van Zutphen||1836-1840|
|Anthony Winkler Prins||1841-1850|
|F. J. Klaasesz||1851-1853|
|A. S. Hoitsema||1853-1856|
|W. C. van Staveren||1857-1865|
|J. U. Uiterwijk||1865-1866|
|H. D. Tjeenk Willink||1868-1871|
|L. van Cleeff Ijzn||1882-1887|
|A. van der Wissel||1889-1890|
|F. van der Ploeg||1892-1894|
|A. J. van Loghem Slaterus||1896-1899|
|U. Y. Veenland||1903-1940|
|Miss C. Boerlage||1941-1947|
|Miss T. van der Zwaag||1947-1955|
|Miss T. G. Siccama||1955-|
 Doopsgezinde Gemeente Tjalleberd Membership
|Author(s)||Nanne van der Zijpp|
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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Tjalleberd (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 4 Oct 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tjalleberd_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=126213.
Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Tjalleberd (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 4 October 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tjalleberd_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=126213.
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