KAAN, Frederik Herman. b. Haarlem, Holland, 27 July 1929; d. Glenridding, Cumbria, 4 Oct 2009. After a childhood spent under German occupation, during which his family sheltered a young Jewish woman, he was educated at the University of Utrecht, where he read Theology with Psychology (1949-52). He then studied at Bristol University (Theology, 1952-54, Sociology and Pastoral Theology, 1954-55). He was ordained in 1955 as a minister of the Congregational Union in England and Wales, later becoming a minister of the United Reformed Church. He held pastorates in Barry, South Wales (1955-63), and the Pilgrim Church, Plymouth (1963-68), where he wrote many of his best-known hymns. He then became...
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