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The first item of business for the consistory of the First Reformed Church after Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte opened the meeting with prayer was the report of sales of lots in the church graveyard. Seventeen families had purchased lots. In article seven, it was reported that "Brother Krabshuis" presented written objections against the recent classis meeting and Rev. Van Raalte. Consistory ruled that Krabshuis had not followed biblical guidelines in that he should have spoken with Van Raalte before bringing his complaints to the consistory. The lengthy meeting reveal some schismatic tendencies of Krabshuis. The pastor also served as clerk for this meeting.




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 Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church