The Wedding Minister
Congratulations on your wedding date!
A Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister will participate in all weddings at First Presbyterian Church. The ordained ministers associated with First Presbyterian Church perform weddings and conduct premarital counseling. We encourage you to consult with them and depend on their expertise as you plan your wedding, which the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) considers a service of worship.
The Head of Staff/Senior Pastor must approve any request to have a Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister who is not on staff at First Presbyterian Church. If a minister from another denomination is requested to participate in your wedding the minister must submit an Ecclesiastical letter from their church body for approval to the Senior Pastor (i.e. an internet certificate of ordination is not sufficient). Please contact our wedding coordinator, Lucy Bell Johnson with any questions you may have. If approved, the Head of Staff will invite the visiting minister to participate in and/or conduct your wedding. Guest ministers officiating at weddings are expected to honor the policies of First Presbyterian Church regarding the wedding service.
Each pastor on our staff has individual requirements for premarital counseling sessions with the bride and groom. These will be scheduled with the presiding minister several months before the wedding. If using a Guest Minister, one premarital counseling session is required with our assisting pastor.
Please see that the entire wedding party arrives promptly at the appointed time for the rehearsal. All members of the wedding party, including ushers, grandparents and parents of the couple, are urged to be present. Please bring the wedding license to the rehearsal and give to the officiating minister. Absolutely no alcoholic beverages or tobacco products are permitted on the premises.