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At a consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church, Elder Teunis Keppel presided in the absence of the pastor, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, who was still out East fund-raising. Rev. Giles van de Wall was present. The pastor requested the consistory's permission to stay longer out East. "The consistory judges that this request must be granted. Some of the brothers, however, express their consternation, because no permission was asked and no time specifically specified. Whereupon, it was decided that the resolution will contain language expressing this feeling." Van de Wall wrote the resolution that was accepted by the consistory. Van de Wall would also help out with the preaching as well as Rev. Pieter J. Oggel if he were staying around. The pews will be rented out this year on 31 December. Members who cannot afford to pay are to check with Deacon Te Roller prior to that date.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursma, 2000.

Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from The Joint Archives of Holland.

Meeting Notes on the Consistory of the First Reformed Church