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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Elder Pijster was chosen chairman, the clerk, Gerrit Wakker, reported that Third Church received the "decision with joy and fully agreed with it." See article 6 of the 24 April minutes for details. Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte then entered the meeting. There was a discussion about the trio that the congregation decided. Consistory took a vote and Rev. Roelof Pieters, Rev. Peter de Pree, and Rev. Christian Oggel received the highest number of votes. "It was decided to inform the congregation of this vote."




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