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The minutes of the consistory of the First Reformed Church do not indicate who served as chair of this meeting in the absence of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. Elder Labots was absent; Elder Gerrit Wakker served as clerk. "Brother te Roller reports that the orphanage currently being used by the parochial school needs repairs. This was assigned to the deacons." The consistory also decided to canvass the congregation to obtain funds for the school. "Brother Broek informs the meeting that Kommer Schaddelee has used very deflamatory expressions and had not refrained from accusing the pastor of being a devious manipulator." The consistory considered that such conduct was unacceptable and certainly by an elder!




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