Meet Our Officiants
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Pastor Brian Eastman - Director of MarriageChaplain.com
Pastor Eastman is Lead Pastor at Revelation Spiritual Church, a church which welcomes people of all spiritual walks who want to become closer to the 'One Great God with Many Names and Faces.' He has celebrated weddings for folks of all belief patterns as well as agnostics, atheists, and those who are unengaged in the question. He believes a wedding ceremony should feel like a celebration with lots of enthusiasm and smiles, and is proud that he has never seen someone yawn during his wedding ceremonies!
Pastor Eastman likes to have the guests feel actively involved in the wedding ritual, so they will also feel a commitment to help the couple as they grow their marriage. For 20 years he toured on-stage, and he uses his performance skills to create a sense of love, celebration, and community throughout the wedding ceremony. Also, he believes that a ceremony must create the magical space where two separate individuals bond to create a third entity: the married couple.
Pastor Alex McEntire
Pastor McEntire retired from the Air Force, met his (now) wife Jean and together they led a Baptist church. Later they were called to found an independent church which emphasizes God's love instead of selling fire insurance. You'll find Pastor McEntire relaxed, very warm and caring. Pretty funny too. He does a good job of helping you create a memorable ceremony.
Reverend Frieda Hughes
Reverend Hughes had minister training through Unity, but has
been ordained into our church, Revelation Spiritual Church. Her charisma
comes from a sense of peace and joy, which radiates from her. Great voice,
too. She records books on tape for the blind.
She is very warm with a great sense of God-centeredness
with a gentle humor woven in. She is great at listening to you, understanding
what you want to see in your ceremony, and helping you get there.
She does not take herself too seriously, yet is
sincere and open-hearted. She strives to help couples find a ceremony that
will touch their hearts and reflect who they are, as well as make their
guests feel welcome and included.
Rev. Hughes is comfortable working with people of any spiritual background as well as those professing agnosticism or atheism. Says she has been through all of those stages herself. She enjoys helping couples create a ceremony that celebrates who they are and reflects the character of the union they are entering into.
Father Marty Patton
Leads a diocese of The Old Catholic Church in North America, a separate organization from the Vatican since 1489. He is funny and sometimes a little 'bigger than life.' He is also somewhat more tightly tied to various Catholic rules than our other priests. If you would like to include a full Mass as part of your celebration, he will be glad to help you make it happen.
Father Chuck Smith
Father Chuck Smith is Franciscan but ages ago left Rome, before the scandals came out, when he tried to report a priest's
depravity to his superior and was told to keep quiet because the priest
brought in lots of money.
Father Chuck now serves Our Lady of Peace, a parish
of the Ohio Orthodox Catholic Church, an inclusive organization which
welcomes married, women and gay priests and monks, and offers communion
to all in attendance, whether church members or not.
He is warm, funny, and very welcoming. You will
find him very accommodating when planning your ceremony, too: he will
come to your location, he can perform a full mass wedding, non-mass Catholic
or Orthodox, non-denominational ceremony, or even a non-religious ceremony.
Perhaps the most common report we hear from brides
who have met with him, is that Fr. Chuck is "so caring and understanding
of who we are and what we want in the wedding."
An example of his humor: he once opened a ceremony with "Linda and George have asked me to do a 2-hour ceremony. I told them I could, but that if everyone here turns off their cell phones, I would prefer to do just a 30-minute ceremony." He reports it was funny to see everyone frantically fishing out their cell phones!
Pastor Wayne Holmes
Wayne is an easy-going minister with an open mind
and a quick wit. Although his background is in Christianity, he welcomes
all faiths and all religions. He will work with you to create the ceremony
His emphasis is on the needs of the couple, and he tailors each ceremony to make their special day distinctive. Pastor Holmes says: "My ministry is to brides and grooms, who, for whatever reason, are in need of someone to marry them on one of the most important days of their lives."
He participates in Toastmasters and speaks occasionally for Divinity Spiritual Church and also for Revelation Spiritual Church. Reverend Holmes resides in Fairfield, Ohio with his wife Linda, their dogs Sherlock (Holmes) and Jimmy.
Reverend Ria Roth
Reverend Rebecca 'Ria' Roth is an experienced Wedding Officiant working with all faiths and traditions. In addition to being an Ordained Minister, she is also a Certified LIIFT Practitioner, Oneness Facilitator, Associate Polarity Therapist and Holistic Coach in private practice for many years.
Ria is a warm, charismatic and creative Wedding Officiant, specializing in creating beautiful, unique and authentic ceremonies. While Ria officiates mostly English language ceremonies, she is fully bilingual Spanish-English, and has knowledge of Indian tradition, from her time in India. Ria delights in working with couples of all faiths, drawing from her Christian upbringing as well as her experience with Taoism, Native American culture and Hinduism.
Whatever vision you have of your wedding, Ria will help you create a beautiful, memorable ceremony! As a special offering, the non-denominational Oneness Blessing can be added to any ceremony she officiates.
To schedule a LIIFT, Polarity Therapy or Holistic Coaching appointment, or to inquire about meditation classes and Oneness Blessings, please visit www.RiaWellnessCenter.com or call 937.304.9595. For weddings please contact Marriage Chaplain directly at 513.853.6180.
Pastor Terry Carlisle
Pastor Terry Carlisle is minister of the United Church of Christ in Springboro. Plus he is the director of a no-kill animal shelter and an army vet. Quiet-spoken with a nice sense of humor. Pastor Carlisle has a counseling practice, so he is well-able to understand your situation and what you want in your wedding.
He is quite happy to wear suit-tie combination or suit-with-clerical-collar. He does not work from a book of regulations and restrictions, but rather works with you to help you create the ceremony you envision. Similarly he is glad to help create a ceremony suitable for folks of multiple faiths.
Minister Jeff Freeman
Minister Freeman has a wide range of ceremonies available upon request, and he makes custom ceremonies. He is committed to supporting a full spectrum of faiths or non-faiths. He performs civil, traditional, spiritual, non-religious, and modern marriage ceremonies. He is happy to add bible verses and readings, poems, prayers, and personalized vows. He offers additions to your wedding such as: including your children in a blended family ceremony, sand blending, candle lighting and broom jumping. He says, "I'm sure we can find something to make your day special." He has performed in a wide range of locations: indoor/outdoor, formal/casual, large/small, and even prison weddings.
Minister Freeman wants you to know, "I am non-denominational, I'm not here to judge or convert you, you want to get married, and I want to help. I want to make it as painless as possible, I want you to be as happy as possible. You don't have to go through counseling or jump through hoops to prove you're right for each other. Only you can decide that, not me. The only requirement I have is that you LOVE each other, The only requirement I need from the state is a valid marriage license."
He is located is the greater Dayton area, but he does travel.
Minister Freeman adds, "Lets talk about making your ceremony a Joyful expression of your love. You shouldn't have to be a member of a church to be able to get married, The Church leaves so many out, and I try to help those left out."
Reverend Hawley Todd
Rev. Hawley Todd loves people. To him it is a great
joy to empower couples so they create a wedding which expresses who they
truly are. A wedding is one of the most sacred times in a couples life
together. Hence Rev. Todd's goal is to facilitate a celebration of love,
joy and commitment which is uniquely authentic to each couple.
Rev. Todd is a Minister of Christ's Healing and a Franciscan spiritual director. With his diverse background as a practitioner of Hinduism, Buddhism, Native American Spirituality and Christianity he is very comfortable with couples of many outlooks and orientations. His favorite weddings have been ones held in natural settings such as by the ocean or a waterfall, where natural beauty adds to the inherent joy of the ceremony.
Reverend Paul Ravenscraft
Reverend Ravenscraft appears quiet-spoken, yet has a great stage voice when he needs it. He has both performance and presentation skills by virtue of being a musician, teacher and trainer. He is also a Life Coach, so he is used to listening carefully when someone speaks of what they want, and then he is good at helping that person get what they want.
In his ministry work, he has done presentations at such places as a local Unitarian church and a New Thought group (offshoot of Unity). He is comfortable creating ceremonies with folks of all religious persuasions and those with no belief in a Divine Power.
Reverend Steven Eyre
Reverend Eyre assists churches nation-wide to create community-involvement programs, and he also serves as teaching pastor for a Presbyterian church in Cincinnati. Pastor Eastman has heard him speak and reports than Eyre is a dynamic speaker.
When you meet him in person you will find him tending to the quiet and thoughtful side. He is glad to help you create a ceremony which rings true to your personalities. Rev. Eyre categorizes his ceremonies as "Traditional, warm with smiles and room for spontaneity."
Reverend Ann Becker
Reverend Becker has spent many years in lay service for the Catholic church. Recently, her call to serve in a ministering capacity has grown. She has been ordained by Revelation Spiritual Church (which sponsors MarriageChaplain.com). In addition to her wedding work, Rev. Becker serves as a healer for people who are experiencing personal or family difficulties.
Rev. Becker enjoys working closely with couples to create informal, spiritually meaningful ceremonies where the guests are participants rather than simply spectators. She likes to incorporate fresh touches like blessings by family members, perhaps a little singing, personal sharing or prayers, meaningful rituals, any elements that express the bride and groom's spirituality and create a joyful sense of community. Her desire is to lead ceremonies that are spiritually authentic, simple, soulful and deeply memorable. You will find Rev. Becker easy to work with, and very adaptable and good-humored.
Reverend Rowdy Walker
Rowdy became a Minister back in the 90's when he worked in Radio. He had always enjoyed performing ceremonies anywhere, anytime, and has continued to do so ever since. He retired from radio in 2001, and now enjoys the opportunity to bless the union of souls whenever he is called.
He has performed ceremonies in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Ohio. Rowdy is the guy you call when you would like to get married in the park, in your backyard or living room, on a beach or deck or, even a nudist resort. He supports and respects your decisions, and your right to make your ceremony your own. Rev. Rowdy is very non-judgmental, and feels that all couples have the right to marry and live in a blessed union if they choose.
Reverend Bob Berberich
Reverend Berberich is full of joy. He is excited to help create ceremonies for couple that express their unique love and commitment. He is great at listening and understanding what you want in your ceremony and helping you create it. He will allow you to let go of worry and enjoy, while making everyone feel welcome and included. He was one of 8 kids, and he now has a a daughter and two grandchildren; he is comfortable with activity.
Rev. Berberich was a Roman Catholic Priest and has taken a spiritual journey to experience a variety of other practices, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Native American Spirituality and Christianity and would welcome the inclusion of ritual elements from any of these beliefs in the design of your ceremony. He has experience as a spiritual director, group facilitator, trainer and life coach.
He is comfortable with couples of any outlook and orientation, and can create ceremony that is formal or casual, spiritual or not. He can perform your ceremony in English or American Sign Language and is comfortable incorporating both languages to accommodate deaf as well as hearing participants. In addition to wedding ceremonies, Rev. Berberich can perform baptisms, funerals, and other rituals that gather people in the sacred moments of their lives.
Reverend John Jaffe
Rev. John Jaffe has been ministering for nearly 30 years. He comes from both a Quaker and conservative Christian background and with his beard looks a little like Santa Claus. He likes to work with you in creating a special ceremony that feels perfect to your heart. Whatever ceremony you create, you can be assured he follows it to the letter. He also has the flexibility that, if something unexpected occurs he can adjust the ceremony with good humor as part of the mix.
Reverend Dr. Larry Sansoucie
Reverend Sansoucie is a retired Congregational minister, and now he is a part-time pastoral associate at North Presbyterian Church (doing mostly fun stuff like preaching, visiting, teaching, hanging out, and playing his drums) and a part-time Spiritual Care counselor for Hospice of Cincinnati.
Pastor Eastman invited him to join MarriageChaplain.com after seeing the energy and light-heartedness he put into a sermon. He comes from a more-traditional church affiliation than some of our wedding officiants. He may start from a more-traditional place, but he is very flexible in helping you get where you want to go, and can help you have fun!
Pastor Steve Means
Steve Means began his involvement in church leadership in the mid 80's. In 1991, he began to attend The Vineyard Church and very quickly began to feel that this is where he would find his true calling.
He participated with worship teams in Dallas
and Cincinnati before being asked to come on staff with the Mason
Vineyard in January, 1995. Steve has served as an associate pastor
in various roles in the church since then, but his passion has always
been for the worship music of the church. He has written, performed
and recorded several original songs.
Steve loves the wedding ministry because he is still absolutely in love with his bride of over 41 years. Steve and his wife Jackie, have four children and seven grandchildren. They were 17 and 19 when they got married, Steve was in the Marines, and he says they have had all the struggles and problems that most couples experience. Sometimes, when things get tough, it feels like you're hanging on by the last thread. But believe me, love is always worth hanging on to.
As Steve often quotes from first Corinthians in his ceremonies, "faith, hope and love abide these three, but the greatest is love."
Reverend Liz Loring
Minister Elisabeth (Liz) Loring believes everyone has a story that deserves to be heard and honored. "All of life matters; especially moments of transition into another phase of experiencing." For Reverend Liz, it is important to hold these moments of passage (weddings, funerals, coming of age, birth) up to the universe for blessings, so that we may hold them sacred in our hearts for eternity. She would be honored to be part of your transition moments and help you share your story. She says, "All of our combined stories weave the beautiful, precious tapestry of life."
Liz believes we are a spark of consciousness from the Divine. "When we live in true consciousness – from our hearts – life can be magical. This is what Christ and other Masters came to share. Part of my life's mission is to live in harmony with myself and all of life. Sharing that harmony and love is the rest of my life circle. When we reach out and touch one another's lives with our spark of God-consciousness, we create a higher vibration for all of life."
Pastor Loring will work with you to create a meaningful ceremony to honor your beliefs and aid you in making this passage of your life beautifully memorable.
Reverend Dave Johnson
After a career as an award-winning sports journalist Reverend Johnson returned to Cincinnati. He currently works in the Cincinnati school system, and has done volunteer work as a youth educator for New Thought Unity church. He has a big smile, a great sense of humor, and a big voice so everyone can hear him – in most circumstances. "I'll never be heard during an outdoor ceremony if there's a freight train going by," he jokes, "but I can give the train a run for its money!" He is glad to help all sorts of couples marry. "Every couple deserves to have a great ceremony to give them a great start into their married life. My job is to help them get that great start."
Rev Ellen Parker
Reverend Ellen Parker has an innate sense of the Divine Feminine present within us all. For 20 years she has hosted Circle of the Seasons where the natural, cyclical seasons of the year are celebrated through a variety of traditions. Her organizational skills and knowledge of many spiritual practices enable her to assist with the creation of an appropriate, meaningful ceremony for any type of spiritual path. She is a joyful, serene, and trustworthy choice for your wedding officiate.
Pastor John B. Kachuba
In his marriage ministry Pastor John puts into practice the First Principle of his Unitarian Universalist faith tradition: the inherent worth and dignity of every person. He believes that every loving couple, regardless of race, ethnicity, spiritual beliefs, or sexual orientation should have the opportunity to express their love for each other in a public ceremony. He is committed to working closely with a couple to ensure that their wishes and desires are incorporated in a ceremony that they will cherish.
In addition to his ministry, Pastor John is an award-winning author with a deep knowledge of paranormal/metaphysical subjects. He has spoken widely on these topics on radio, TV, and podcasts and at universities, libraries, and conferences. He has recently taken a tour group to Oaxaca, Mexico to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
Pastor John is also available for funerals, baby blessings, and other celebrations of life’s passage. He is ordained by the American Marriage Ministries and is licensed by the State of Ohio.
For more about his work, see www.johnkachuba.com
Minister Kim Stroup
Minister Stroup chose to become ordained by The Universal Life Church so she could marry couples who do not belong to a church, or who have alternative beliefs. She offers flexibility; she is willing to perform a greater variety of ceremonies than many pastors. In addition to traditional wedding ceremonies and baptisms, she can also do Handfastings, Wiccanings, Baby-naming ceremonies, and just about any other ceremonies/rituals that you can think of. No classes, counseling or membership required.
Minister Stroup can perform ceremonies anywhere and anytime. She's also happy to perform same sex ceremonies. She has practiced many religions over the years from Mormon to Catholic, and she received her M.S. in Environmental Science from IU Bloomington. She lives in Indianapolis.
Reverend Debra Meyers
Pastor Debra Meyers is an ordained Catholic priest and interfaith minister. She serves the Resurrection Community in Cincinnati and teaches at a local college. Her experiences and background have helped her to become an excellent listener and speaker. She will listen carefully to your needs and provide you with helpful suggestions (if needed) in order to create a perfect ceremony especially for you. She will even provide ceremony music upon request. Her motto "Your Wedding, Your Way."
Reverend Jeffrey Poe
Reverend Poe is a non-denominational minister, however, he grew up with a Methodist religious background. His laid back personality allows for everyone to feel at ease during wedding services.
Rev. Poe performs many types of services: Justice
of the Peace, Celtic hand-fasting, betrothal, and formal (to name a few).
He's open-minded and willing to help you find the right ceremony for you
and your loved ones. He likes to incorporate any children, of either partner, into
the service to help them feel that they are a valued part
of their family.
Jeffrey is also a licensed hypnotherapist, life coach, intuitive, energy healer and can help guide you through all of life's good Journeys.
Reverend Stephanie Smith
Rev. Stephanie Smith is an ordained minister and Life Consultant recently moved to the Cincinnati area. Her genuine warmth and vitality set the tone for any ceremony, be it informal or formal. Each union is customized to punctuate the desires and unique qualities of the couple. She believes that each union is sacred and, ideally, serves to spiritually connect the two family tribes. She refuses to judge anyone's spiritual walk or lack of belief in a spiritual walk. She says that we are all connected as we share life's journey and life's joys on this earth.
Father Rich Xifo
For most of his life Father Rich has felt a calling to serve others. Even before his recent ordination as priest, his career demonstrated this desire to assist others. He has served in the Air Force and the Army National Guard. He has worked in policing and as a paramedic. He has served in the Spiritual Care Office of a hospital.
As a priest with the Ohio Orthodox Catholic Church, he serves all priestly offices for the congregation. Because the Ohio Orthodox Catholic Church is an inclusive church, Fr Rich enjoys helping every kind of people - those of various faiths and those of no faith - to celebrate their life passages. He says he especially loves to help couples take that big step from "couple-ness" into marriage.
Reverend James Clark
With a background in Christian ministry and as a teacher, speaker, and small group leader, Rev. Jim Clark is well rounded for both traditional and contemporary ceremonies. Since he has empathy and compassion, an excellent speaker’s voice and a background as a presenter, he can easily create and perform unique, romantic and situationally-sensitive ceremonies. He also comfortably works with couples seeking non-religious, multi-cultural and interfaith weddings.
Pastor Doyle McPherson
Pastor Doyle McPherson received his ordination in 2006 and became the Associate Pastor at Autumn Creek Church in Dayton, OH. He became a leader and teacher during this time. With the help of Spirit and the Senior Pastor of Autumn Creek Church, he started his next adventure as Senior Pastor of the Temple of Ancient Wisdom in 2015.
Pastor Doyle is funny, smart and down-to-earth. He has officiated weddings over the past 10 years for many belief systems and one Atheist ceremony. He believes that love is love in whatever form it comes in and that the wedding day belongs to the couple getting married – he is simply the officiant.
Reverend Amber Nuhn
My name is Reverend Amber Nuhn. I have been married since 2008 to my first love Christopher, and I have a wonderful son named Brycen, and two bonus children Damian, and Adrianna. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Science.
I became ordained in 2013 and I have had the pleasure of meeting so many new, exciting people during this journey. My journey toward ordination began many years before I realized my calling. At the age of 12, I was diagnosed with an inoperable form of Brain Cancer. I fought for my life for three years and only by the grace of God am I here today.
I enjoy helping others and enjoy helping them to plan the perfect ceremony for their special day. I also perform house blessings, baptisms, and eulogies. Helping people is my passion, let me help you and your family create a ceremony that you will remember for a lifetime.
Minister Ron Esposito
I’m Ron Esposito, an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church Ministries and a life-long student of spirituality and mysticism. I am warm and engaging, with a great laugh, and possess a distinctive, resonant voice and excellent public speaking skills. My intention is to perform the ceremony that you desire. I am very open to officiating secular marriages and short-notice ceremonies as well as marriages with personalized spiritual content. Ultimately, I am in service to Love.
I am a certified Life Coach and Spiritual Mentor at the Conscious Living Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and was a producer and music director at WVXU- FM for 20 years. I am also a professional Tibetan and crystal singing bowls player.
Reverend Valerie Mansfield
Rev. Valerie Mansfield is an Ordained Unity Minister. Valerie has served at Unity of Louisville for over 17 years and currently is the Associate Minister. Valerie is a lifelong student of Unity, a Reiki Master and Oneness Blessing Giver.
Rev. Valerie’s experience and creativity allows the couple’s special day to be exactly as they envision it. Valerie enjoys working with all faiths. Valerie is warm, loving, and professional.
Rev. Valerie relishes the special treats of each wedding, like a chocolate lab being the best man, a hand fast or a rose blessing. These unique touches create the special moments in life.
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