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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, there was a "discussion concerning the calling of a pastor, and it was decided to leave the matter in God's providence, and the free choice of the congregation." Apparently on the same date, the consistory met with the building committee. The pastor opened this meeting with prayer. It was decided that monies would be loaned at not more than ten per cent and a mortgage between "$1,200 and $1,300 will be placed on the new Second [Third Reformed] Church with its four lots." Then just this note at the conclusion of the above minutes: "A congregational meeting was held on August 26, preceded by a sermon and prayer and a trio was formed, consisting of Revs. Donner, [Roelof] Pieters, and de Pree."




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