I am a fully licensed officiant. I hold a BA in psychology and a Masters in Education. For many years, my wife, Betsy, and I facilitated Alpha's" The Marriage Course". We have been mentors in the past for a premarital program, "Becoming One".
My wife and I have been married for 47 years. Originally from the Chicagoland area, I have officiated over 170 weddings throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2018 we moved to the Phoenix area to enjoy the climate. I have continued to officiate weddings here in the valley.
I believe that a marriage officiant should be professional, easy to work with, have a sense of humor, be flexible and punctual. The officiant is, obviously, an extremely important part of the wedding, and I take that position seriously.
"Pastor Mike went above and beyond to make this moment special for us. The ceremony was absolutely perfect. He took the time to get to know us beforehand and incorporated our story into the ceremony. It was moving and authentic. There were also a few touches of humor that made us feel at ease." -Amy and Sam (October, 2020-Peoria, AZ)
"Pastor Mike is a great wedding officiant! We found him about a month before our wedding and we're so happy he was available. He was very organized and professional. Many of our guests joked that when they get married again that they would want Pastor Mike to officiate their wedding too. He made it very personal and included just the right amount of humor. Thank you Pastor Mike for making our wedding ceremony perfect!"- Hanna and Joshua (March, 2020-Peoria, AZ)
"This is an odd review to write, as we didn't end up having the dream wedding we spent months planning. We had planned to get married on April 11, 2020 at the Desert Botanical Garden and we were so looking forward to sharing the beautiful ceremony Pastor Mike wrote with our friends and family. Ultimately, COVID-19 cancelled our planned ceremony. We were able to use pieces of the ceremony Pastor Mike wrote to help maintain the essence of the day we had been planning. He made us feel like we knew him our whole lives and we couldn't be more greatful for contributing to our special day, even if it wasn't under the originally planned circumstances." -Mallory and Levi (April, 2020-Phoenix, AZ)
"Pastor Mike was an incredible officiator! He was a great communicator and very thorough when planning out our ceremony. Not to mention our ceremony was absolutely beautiful and we received many compliments from friends and family. We are so greatful we chose Pastor Mike."-Jacob and Katie (January, 2020-Surprise, AZ)