1636, Amsterdam, Holland.

Selyns attended the University of Leyden, was ordained in 1600, and sailed for New Amsterdam (now New York) that same year. His first congregation was at Breuckelen (Brooklyn), and he also preached at Governor Peter Stuyvesant’s chapel.

Selyns returned to Holland in 1664, accepting a position at Wavereen, but went back to America in 1682. In addition to his pastoral duties, Selyns was Governor Stuyvesant’s Latin Secretary. Due to his efforts, in 1696 the Dutch Reformed Church received the first charter in the colony.