Schoonhoven (Zuid-Holland, Netherlands)

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Schoonhoven, a town in the Dutch province of South Holland (population in 1947, 4,869, 2 Mennonites; in 2006, 12,207), was formerly the seat of a Mennonite congregation, which belonged to the moderate Flemish branch. Concerning this congregation, which was always a small one, there is only scant information. Of its origin nothing is known. Albert Jans(s)en was its preacher about 1608. In 1614 Leenaert Clock moved from Haarlem to Schoonhoven and lived here for some time, serving the congregation together with Jan Lammersz. In 1641 Esaias Janse van Nottelen, a Flemish preacher at Rotterdam, accepted a call of the Schoonhoven congregation, but already in 1649 it was without a preacher and in the following decades only occasionally preachers from Gouda, Rotterdam, Dordrecht, and Utrecht conducted services at Schoonhoven. The congregation died out some time before 1700.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 477-478. All rights reserved.

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