Baard (Friesland, Netherlands)

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Doopsgezinde Kerk, Baard.
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Interior of the Doopsgezinde Kerk, Baard.
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Converted interior of the former Doopsgezinde Kerk, Baard.
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Baard, a Mennonite congregation in the Dutch province of Friesland, about miles (16 km) southwest of Leeuwarden (coordinates: 53° 9′ 0″ N, 5° 40′ 0″ E). The date of its origin is not known. In the 17th century the congregation belonged to the Jan-Jacobsgezinden and in 1640 had about 70 members. Of the 18th century the names of two of its elders are known: Hantje Broers, 1714-1763, and Broer Eelkes, first as a preacher, and after the death of Hantje as elder, 1743-1790. In 1779 the congregation had 60 members. In 1785 it divided with Ameland the possessions of the extinct Jan-Jacobsgezinden at Makkum. It very likely united with the other Mennonites of the locality not long after 1790. The first theologically trained minister of the congregation was J. Y. Veen, 1825-1829. In 1821 the Blessum congregation of 17 members merged with Baard. In 1861 the membership was 108, in 1898, 101, and in 1950, 57. In 1856 a new church was built because the old one was too small. In 1922 the congregation merged with neighboring IJtens. The last minister Baard had alone was Miss M. T. Gerritsma, 1917-1920. Since the merger the ministers have been living at IJtens: S. I. van Meulen, 1922-1929; J. J. van Riemsdijk, 1930-1940; G. M. Kosters, 1941-1944; T. Hooglag, 1950-    . Most of the members were farmers.

The meetinghouse was sold in 1998 and converted into a house.


Loosjes, J. "Jan Jacobsz en de Jan-Jacobsgezinden." Nederlandsch archief voor kerkgeschiedenis 11 (1914): 42 f.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 101.

Additional Information

Former Location of Church: Binnenbuorren 25, Baard, Netherlands

Denominational affiliation:

Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit


Map:Baard (Friesland, Netherlands)

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Baard (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 7 Dec 2023.,_Netherlands)&oldid=144757.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1955). Baard (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 December 2023, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=144757.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 203. All rights reserved.

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