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Elder Teunis Keppel was elected chairman of the consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church in the absence of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. A committee of women who clean the church requested that the consistory pay for the expenses of cleaning so that the women did not have to beg to raise the money needed. The interior of the church also needed to be painted. The consistory would make a decision about this. The building committee reported that it would cost $500 to paint and whitewash the church. The consistory also decided to pay the expenses of cleaning the church, a proposal made by the women earlier in the meeting. D[irk] Broek wrote a pointed letter to the consistory stating that the church could not expect the students to preach for nothing since they cannot be expected to "live on air." He submitted a bill for $20.00 for his preaching on four Sundays in 1863 and 1864. The consistory refused to pay him and also let him know that it did not like the tone of his letter.




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