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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, several young ladies were present to make their confession of faith. All were approved for membership except one who needed more catechetical instruction. This young lady, Garda Perendina Pfanstiehl, was even offered the opportunity to receive private instruction from the pastor. Members who were visited due to their lack of attendance at worship "found so many faults and shortcomings on the part of the congregation, consistory, and pastor, that they could no longer live in fellowship with the church." B. H. Ploeg was particularly a problem. Several members presented resignations from the church. Revs. Nijkerk and Zwemer agreed to accept preaching appointments at the church during the absence of the pastor in Pella, Iowa.




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