Toe Water, Willem Hendrik (1885-1938)

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W. H. Toe Water Doopsgezind Jaarboekje

Willem Hendrik Toe Water b. 22 May 1885, at Diemen, d. 12 December 1938, at Zwolle, a Dutch Mennonite pastor, who after finishing his theological studies at the University of Amsterdam and Mennonite seminary at Amsterdam, served the congregations of Warns 1912-1916, St-Anna-Parochie 1916-1923, and Zwolle 1923-1938. He was especially active in the Vereeniging voor Gemeentedagen (now Gemeenschap voor Doopsgezind Broederschapswerk), and in 1929-1936 served as editor of its periodical Brieven. Toe Water was one of the first Dutch Mennonite ministers who thought it necessary to organize the youth in a special Youth Association (see Doopsgezinde Jongerenbond). For many years he was a trustee of the Elspeet Brotherhood Home. Toe Water was a pious, poetic, somewhat sensitive spirit; he was a gifted musician, composer of the melody of the Elspeet hymn, a master storyteller. He published a few sermons and a volume of poems, Kleine Geschenken. S. H. N. Gorter, a close friend of Toe Water from 1902, preached his funeral sermon at Zwolle 15 December 1938.


Brieven XXI (1939): No. 12.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1940): 17-24 with portrait.

Gorter, S. H. N. "Ter Herinnering," mimeographed funeral sermon.

Nederland’s Patriciaat XIII (1923): 415.

De Zondagsbode LII (1938-39): No. 7.

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, p. 734. All rights reserved.

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