William Buursma



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Several matters came before the Consistory of the First Reformed Church at its meeting on this date. Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, elders Jonker, Wilterdink, Labots, Appeldoorn, and Hekhuis and deacons Wilterdink, Keppel, and Plugger were present. They first dealt with a complaint of Grootehuis against Kooijers. There was concern expressed about the neglect of family visitation. Jonker explained the delay in the measuring of cemetery lots. The church in Grand Haven requested a classical preaching appointment. The disagreement between Van Raalte and elder Broek at the previous meeting of the consistory was clarified.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William Buursma.

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 of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church