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The sole purpose of this Consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church of Holland was to receive the request of Widow Broersma who wished to be married to K. Mulder. Mulder was not yet a confessing member but as a baptized member, he was under the supervision of the congregation. Although the hoped-for nine months had not yet passed, the Consistory had to acknowledge that the decision of two Dutch synods called for a waiting period of four and one-half months. The Consistory reluctantly approved the request. Members of Consistory present were elders Labots, Jonker, Wilterdink, Appeldoorn, Broek, and Hekhuis and deacons Keppel, Wilterdink, and de Weerd. Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and again served as the clerk.




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 Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church