Abraham Kuijper (Maassluis, 29 October 1837– Den Haag, 8 November 1920) generally known as Abraham Kuyper, was a Dutch politician, journalist, statesman and theologian. He founded the Anti-Revolutionary Party and was prime minister of the Netherlands between 1901 and 1905.
Petrus Plancius (1552 – May 15, 1622), was a Dutch astronomer, cartographer and clergyman. He was born as Pieter Platevoet in Dranouter, now in Heuvelland, West Flanders. He studied theology in Germany and England. At the age of 24 he became a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church. Because of fear for religious prosecution by the Inquisition he fled from Brussels to Amsterdam after the city fell in Spanish hands in 1585.
Gisbertus Voetius (Latinized version of the Dutch name Gijsbert Voet) (3 March 1589 – 1 November 1676) was a Dutch Calvinist theologian. He was born at Heusden, Holland, studied at Leiden, and in 1611 became Protestant pastor of Vlijmen, whence in 1617 he returned to Heusden. In 1619 he played an influential part in the Synod of Dort, and in 1634 was made professor of theology and Oriental science at the University of Utrecht. Three years later he became pastor of the Utrecht congregation.
David Joris (c. 1501 – 1556, sometimes Jan Jorisz or Joriszoon) was an important Anabaptist leader in the Netherlands before 1540. Joris was probably born in Flanders, the son of Marytje and Georgius Joris de Koman, an amateur actor and shopkeeper. He was a disciple of Melchior Hoffman. By trade David Joris was a glass painter or tinsel painter, having learned the art in Antwerp. In 1524 he married Dirckgen Willems, and also took interest in the Reformation movement of Martin Luther.
Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer was for years the leading theologian of the Gereformeerde Kerken in the Netherlands (GKN). He occupied the Chair in systematic theology of the Faculty of Theology, Free University (VU) in Amsterdam. He was very influential among the Reformed churches and other groups in North America, where the many volumes of his series, Studies in Dogmatics, were translated and published.
The Reverend Nanne Zwiep (Aug 3, 1894, Beemster - Nov 24, 1942, Dachau) was a pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church in the town of Enschede. He was arrested by the Nazis during the German occupation of the Netherlands and died in the concentration camp at Dachau near Munich. Zwiep became a pastor in Enschede in 1929 and was a well-known figure in the town. On Sunday April 19, 1942, he spoke out in a sermon against National Socialism and the persecution of the Jews.
Hendrik de Cock (April 12, 1801 – November 14, 1842) was a Dutch minister. Hendrik de Cock protested against the perceived theological liberalism in the Netherlands government controlled Dutch Reformed Church in the 18th Century. This protest lead to the Secession (Afscheiding) of 1834. He is sometimes called the father of the Secession of 1834.
Albertus Christiaan van Raalte was an 19th century pastor in the Reformed Church in America. He led the Dutch immigrants who founded the city of Holland, Michigan in 1846 and played an important role in establishing the school that would become Hope College.
Franciscus Plante was a Dutch poet and chaplain. In 1647, he wrote a work called Mauritias, which praises the leadership of John Maurice of Nassau (Johan Maurits) at the Dutch colony in Brazil. Plante had served as John Maurice's chaplain. It was published in Amsterdam, and included twenty engravings that had already appeared in a work by Caspar Barlaeus, which had been published in the same year. Four maps and a portrait of John Maurice were also incorporated from Barlaeus’ work.
Jos Brink (June 19, 1942, in Heiloo, The Netherlands – August 17, 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) was a Dutch actor, radio and musical performer, producer, author, columnist, and television and radio personality. He did much to promote acceptance of homosexuality in Dutch society. He was well-known as an out gay person. He started living with his artistic partner Frank Sanders in 1973. Brink died of colorectal cancer on August 17, 2007, following a July 2007 diagnosis.
Joannes de Mol (September 15, 1726 – November 22, 1782) was a Dutch minister, Patriot and porcelain manufacturer in the second half of the 18th century. De Mol - like many of his contemporaries - had a great interest in poetry and scientific experiments.
Wybo Fijnje (Zwolle, 24 January 1750 – Amsterdam, 2 October 1809) was a Dutch Mennonite minister, publisher in Delft, Patriot, exile, coup perpetrator, politician and - during the French era - manager of the state newspaper.
Johan Maurits Mohr (ca. 18 August 1716, Eppingen – 25 October 1775) was a Dutch-German pastor who studied at Groningen University from 1733 and settled in Batavia in 1737. Mohr's greatest passion was in astronomy but he was also keenly interested in meteorology and in vulcanology. In the 1760s Mohr built a large private observatory that was equipped with the best astronomical instruments of his time.
Wilhelmus à Brakel (2 January 1635, Leeuwarden – 30 October 1711, Rotterdam) was a Reformed minister in the Netherlands. He is arguably the most esteemed representative of Middle Period of the Dutch Further Reformation (1600-1750) (also known as the Dutch Second Reformation, or in Dutch as the Nadere Reformatie). The Dutch Further Reformation is similar to and coincides closely in time with English Puritanism.
Kunegonda Elizabeth (Kune) Biezeveld (April 13, 1948 in The Hague - September 7, 2008 in Hilversum) was a Dutch theologian. She was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church (since 2004 the Protestant Church in the Netherlands). Biezeveld studied theology at Leiden University. Afterwards she was a minister in Zandvoort, Voorthuizen and in a hospital in Blaricum. She took her Doctor of Theology in 1996. In the same year she became a lecturer dogmatics and Biblical theology at Leiden University.