Doyer, Thomas (1823-1861)

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Thomas Doyer, a Dutch Mennonite missionary, was born in 1823 at Zwolle. He was the son of the Mennonite minister Assuerus Doyer. Thomas Doyer first studied architecture. In England his contacts with the Wesleyan Church and his work in Sunday school inspired him for missions. In 1854 he was accepted by the Dutch Mennonite Mission Board for training. In December 1857 he sailed for Java. Here he founded a new mission field at West Java, at Pijaminka, district of Batavia, which through the warm faith and the great love of this very capable missionary soon promised abundant fruit. But in August 1861 Doyer fell ill because of too much exertion and hardship. He died 21 November 1861, on the ocean en route to the Netherlands. Doyer was unmarried.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff.Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 471.

Uit verleden en heden van de Doopsgezinde zending: jubileum-uitgave van de Doopsgezinde Zendings-Vereniging 1847-1947. Amsterdam : Doopsgezinde Zendings-Vereniging, 1947: (1854 -1862).

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 97. All rights reserved.

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