Meyere, Boudewijn de (d. 1651)

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Boudewijn de Meyere, (died 1651), a colleague of Jacques van Maldegem, left the Catholic Church to join the Anabaptists, was ordained preacher in 1633, and elder in 1638; he served until his death in 1681. De Meyere at first lived just outside Aardenburg, probably being a farmer. He was apparently a wealthy man, for in 1654 he made a liberal contribution for the building of a new meetinghouse in Aardenburg. During his ministry the Aardenburg congregation had many difficulties with the Reformed city governors; in 1643 they prevented the members living outside the town, including de Meyere, from entering the town to attend the church services. Then a petition signed by de Meyere was sent to the States-General at The Hague, with the result that the city magistrates were required to give all members free access to the church. In 1654 there were difficulties concerning the erection of the new meetinghouse. In the spring of 1649, de Meyere had a debate with the Catholic Arnout van Geluwe who, with two other Catholics, attended a Mennonite service at Aardenburg conducted by de Meyere. At the close of the service van Gelouwe accused de Meyere of errors in dogma. They disputed for some time in the meetinghouse, and in the afternoon in de Meyere's home, which was then in the hamlet of Eede, two miles from Aardenburg.

For nearly a century members of the de Meyere family were devoted members of the Aardenburg Mennonite congregation. Jan de Meyere, probably Boudewijn's brother, was a deacon; Boudewijn's daughter Susanna was married to the preacher Ghysel Hebberecht.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1876): 81, 112; (1877): 1-42 passim.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 65.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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