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Albert (Albrecht) Verspeck (Verspecht), d. 1612 at Amsterdam, was a Dutch Mennonite elder. In 1576 he was an elder of the Waterlander Mennonite congregation at Antwerp, Belgium. He was probably engaged in some business with Hans Bret, who suffered martyrdom at Antwerp on 4 January 1577, as his servant. After Bret's death Verspeck moved to the Netherlands. In September 1577, then living at Alkmaar, he was a coauthor with Hans de Ries and some other Waterlander elders of a confession of faith. At the Waterlander conference of 1581 at Amsterdam Verspeck repre­sented the Antwerp congregation, and was sent by the conference, commissioned to visit the church in Ghent, Belgium, and the Mennonites in Zeeland every four months. Later he was an elder of the Amsterdam Waterlander congregation until his death.

If the assumption is correct that this Mennonite elder is identical with the Albrecht Verspecks who is mentioned by Wessel as an ouderling of the Re­formed Church at Antwerp on 4 November 1575, then Verspeck, like de Ries, was Reformed before he joined the Mennonites.

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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1863): 111 note; (1864): 20; (1872): 57; (1877): 79 f.; (1904): 142, 144 note 2.

Cramer, Samuel and Fredrik Pijper. Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica, 10 vols. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1903-1914: 248.

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: I, No. 520; II, Nos. 82b, 834.

Kühler, Wilhelmus Johannes. Geschiedenis der Nederlandsche Doopsgezinden in de Zestiende Eeuw. Haarlem: H.D. Tjeenk Willink, 1932: I, 335.

Vos, Karel. De Doopsgezinden te Antwerpen in de zestiende eeuw. Reprint from Bulletin de la Commission Royale de Belgique 84 (1920): 360.

Wessel, J. H. De leerstellige strijd tusschen Nederlandsche Gereformeerden en Doopsgezinden in de zestiende eeuw. Assen. Van Gorcum: Prakke & Prakke, 1945: 22 f.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Verspeck, Albert (d. 1612)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 22 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Verspeck,_Albert_(d._1612)&oldid=110179.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Verspeck, Albert (d. 1612). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Verspeck,_Albert_(d._1612)&oldid=110179.




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