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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, another major discussion was held about the baptism of infants whose parents were not confessing members of the church. It was agreed, by majority vote, to baptize the Geluk child if the father would submit to the discipline of the church, be instructed in the faith, and support the church. Rev. Philip Phelps wrote the consistory with the request to purchase the orphanage and the lot on which it was situated. The consistory felt it could not sell the property due to the laws of the state but could rent the property. It was not stated why any laws of the state were involved in the matter. [Was the property originally and still owned by the Holland community?]




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