Jan van Ophoorn (16th century)

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Jan (Hans) van Ophoorn (Ophooren, Ophoren, Ophorn), a Mennonite elder of Antwerp, Belgium, fled from the city and was then banished forever on 10 April 1570 (Antw. Arch.-Blad). By this time he was already living at Emden, East Friesland, Germany, from where he traveled to Kleve and Cologne in October 1569 to settle a schism in the Kleve congregation (Inv. Arch. Amst.). He was a fanatic and at the conferences of Mennonite leaders held at Emden and Hoorn in 1578 he opposed the plan to make peace among the Dutch Mennonites, who were divided by schisms. By his stubbornness he prevented the "Humstervrede," a partial reconciliation achieved in 1574, from evolving more widely. He was so severe in keeping "the church without spot or wrinkle," that he is said to have banned not only all other Flemish and Frisian congregations, but also the members of his own congregations with the exception of his wife and himself. Ophoorn died in poverty at Norden.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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