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A committee of the Classis of Holland consisting of Rev. Cornelius Vander Meulen, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Rev. Peter Oggel, and Rev. John Van Vleck petitioned the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church to issue a dispensation for Adrian Zwemer, Johannes Vande Luyster, and Gerrit Nykerk from formal theological education so that they could be licensed to serve in the Holland churches which are in great need of ministers. These men range in age from thirty-five to thirty-eight. All three men are students in the Holland Academy.




Holland, Michigan


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.

A Committee of the Classis of Holland Petitioned the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church