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At a meeting of the congregation of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, it was decided to form a slate of six ministers. The slate consisted of E. Winters, R. Pieters, [?] Donner, [Peter] de Pree, [Pieter] Oggel, [Anthony] Brummelkamp, [?] van der Werp, and [?] Bruikelaar. After a vote was cast the last two names were dropped. After another vote, the trio would consist of E. Winters with 35 votes, Peter de Pree with 13, and J. H. Donner with 6. At the next meeting, one person would be chosen from this trio.
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Congregation of the First Reformed Church" (1865). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 292.