Steenwijk (Overijssel, Netherlands)

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Doopsgezinde Kerk Steenwijk.
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Interior of the Doopsgezinde Kerk, Steenwijk.
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Steenwijk, a town (coordinates: 52.78689, 6.11807 [52° 47′ 12″ N, 6° 7′ 5″ E]; 1947 pop. 8,677, with 171 Mennonites) in the Dutch province of Overijssel, the seat of a Mennonite congregation. This congregation had formerly its seat at Zuidveen, a hamlet about two miles south of Steenwijk. For the early history of this church see Zuidveen. In 1848, since most of the members were then living at Steenwijk, a new meetinghouse and parsonage were built at Steenwijk, dedicated on 4 May 1848, by Koenraad Hovens Greve, then the pastor of the congregation. He served until 1862, and was followed by A. J. Bijl 1862-1904, E. Engelkes 1905-13, G. Fopma 1913-42, W. I. Fleischer 1942-46, Miss J. H. van der Slooten 1946-54, and H. J. de Wilde 1954- .

The meetinghouse of 1848 is still in use; in 1896 it was provided with an organ. Outstanding families of the Steenwijk congregation were the Rijkmans and Veen families. There is a ladies' circle. During the 16th century there was some Anabaptist activity at Steenwijk. Elder Leenaert Bouwens baptized five persons here in 1552.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1878): 1, 37; (1882): 118; (1896): 204.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1850): 40.

Reliwiki. "Steenwijk, Onnastraat 10 - Doopsgezinde Kerk." 19 October 2013. Web. 13 October 2014.,_Onnastraat_10_-_Doopsgezinde_Kerk.

Additional Information

Congregation: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Steenwijk

Address: Onnastraat 10, 8331 HM Steenwijk, Netherlands

Telephone: 0521-51356

Church website: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Steenwijk

Denominational affiliation:

Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit

Doopsgezinde Gemeente Steenwijk Membership

Year Members
1848 135
1861 129
1900 190
1958 167


Map:Steenwijk, Overijssel, Netherlands

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

Cite This Article

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Steenwijk (Overijssel, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 18 May 2022.,_Netherlands)&oldid=126193.

APA style

Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Steenwijk (Overijssel, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 May 2022, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=126193.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 623. All rights reserved.

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