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W. H. Toe Water Doopsgezind Jaarboekje
Willem Hendrik Toe Water b. 22 May 1885, at Diemen, d. 12 December 1938, at Zwolle, a Dutch Mennonite pastor, who after finishing his theological studies at the University of Amsterdam and Mennonite seminary at Amsterdam, served the congregations of Warns 1912-1916, St-Anna-Parochie 1916-1923, and Zwolle 1923-1938. He was especially active in the Vereeniging voor Gemeentedagen (now Gemeenschap voor Doopsgezind Broederschapswerk), and in 1929-1936 served as editor of its periodical Brieven. Toe Water was one of the first Dutch Mennonite ministers who thought it necessary to organize the youth in a special Youth Association (see Doopsgezinde Jongerenbond). For many years he was a trustee of the Elspeet Brotherhood Home. Toe Water was a pious, poetic, somewhat sensitive spirit; he was a gifted musician, composer of the melody of the Elspeet hymn, a master storyteller. He published a few sermons and a volume of poems, Kleine Geschenken. S. H. N. Gorter, a close friend of Toe Water from 1902, preached his funeral sermon at Zwolle 15 December 1938.


Brieven XXI (1939): No. 12.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1940): 17-24 with portrait.

Gorter, S. H. N. "Ter Herinnering," mimeographed funeral sermon.

Nederland’s Patriciaat XIII (1923): 415.

De Zondagsbode LII (1938-39): No. 7.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Toe Water, Willem Hendrik (1885-1938)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 29 Mar 2015.,_Willem_Hendrik_(1885-1938)&oldid=93739.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Toe Water, Willem Hendrik (1885-1938). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 March 2015, from,_Willem_Hendrik_(1885-1938)&oldid=93739.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 734. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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