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Team Biographies

 

I try to run my business by this motto: To live as Christ is not to demand it of others, but to find it in myself, so that others may see.  We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.
~Rev. Carleen 




Rev. Carleen Burns
Rev. Carleen Burns
My services are based on the belief that my couple's needs are of the utmost importance. I am committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of my business is from vendor and customer's referrals. So that my family and clients are my priority, I am solely devoted to a life cycles ministry (weddings, baby and home blessings and funerals) and do not tend to a church congregation. I am ordained and authorized to solemnize marriage almost anywhere in the USA, but concentrate on Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana. I obtained my ordination to officiate weddings through the Universal Life Church - an interfaith and nondenominational ministry. Because the ULC embraces diversity of beliefs, it allows me to perform a wide variety of ceremonies--from the very secular to the very religious. As a non-denominational minister, I will not ask for a religious commitment or counseling sessions from my couples. I spent the first 12 years of my life in Grand Rapids and enjoy visiting the area. I have lived in the Kalamazoo area since then. I graduated from Parchment and currently live in the Mattawan school district with my husband, Brian, sons Travis and Brandon, and our Cavalier Spaniel, Duke. My oldest, Jessica is out on her own now. When not uniting happy couples in wedded bliss, I occasionally sub and volunteer at our schools and enjoy crafting and writing. I love what I do! I truly feel honored when a couple chooses me for such an intimate day of their lives, and take that trust very seriously. I strive to make the ceremony something they don't have to stress about and will remember fondly. Though my wedding ministry does help me provide something toward our household budget, this is a calling for me; not a "gold mine".
Rev. Véronique Jewell
Rev. Véronique Jewell
In 2000, I was ordained by Reunion Ministries as an interfaith minister. Since then, I have had the honor of officiating mostly weddings but also baptisms and other sacred ceremonies. For your wedding, whether you desire a traditional or non-traditional ceremony, my Catholic upbringing and interfaith training together aid me in weaving scripture, prayer and/or blessings into the ceremony of your dreams. My life in two cultures also helps me to enhance the beauty of your wedding. I also perform non‑religious ceremonies should that be your need. My focus and intention is to offer a unique ceremony where the bride and groom feel heard, understood, cared for and blessed while their guests also feel welcome and included. I do not require any religious commitments prior to the ceremony but will provide counseling and guidance if requested by the couple. I was born and lived in France until moving to the USA in 1991 where I married my husband, William (also an interfaith minister). We have been settled in Kalamazoo, MI for 14 years after spending time in Westminster, MD and Raleigh, NC. My daughter, Eleonore lives here in town. We have two super dogs, Gizmo and Muffin. In France I worked as a registered nurse and in pharmaceuticals where I also worked in the US. I am certified and teach Yoga at two studios and also teach French at Western Michigan University. My love for gardening keeps me busy and surrounded by beauty.
Rev. William Jewell
Rev. William Jewell
In 2000 I was ordained by Reunion Ministries as an interfaith minister. My ministerial activities since then have been officiating mostly weddings but also memorial services and providing counseling. I was raised in and was taught Catholicism through college and found that I leaned in a broader sense towards interfaith beliefs and practices. My training and broad international travels have aided greatly in respecting other faiths and traditions as well as my experience in interfaith, not just my own life but also in the ceremonies I have been honored to officiate. It brings me joy to aid in designing with you your ideal wedding ceremony with prayer, scripture, blessings and spiritually symbolic practices. I especially appreciate working directly with the bride and groom to design the wedding they dreamed of. Whether you wish a traditional or non-traditional ceremony, it is my goal that, years from now, you will remember your wedding as a big part of a beautiful day. I am comfortable performing non-religious as well as religious ceremonies dependent on your wishes. I do not require religious counseling before your ceremony but will assist and provide guidance if that is your wish. Born in California, I was raised mostly in northern New Jersey. After my father was transferred to Saudi Arabia in the oil business, I attended and graduated from Notre Dame International School for Boys in Rome, Italy. I attended Santa Clara University in California before volunteering for the Air Force where I served honorably. Since then, my career has spanned engineering and project management to strategic marketing with several U.S. corporations as well as two foreign companies, one in Denmark and the other in France where I met my wife of 20 years. My extensive international experience has given me a strong interest in different cultures as well as a range of religious practices. I love the outdoors and take much pleasure in spiritual studies and practice.
Rev. Christine Hooker
Rev. Christine Hooker
I became ordained through American Marriage Ministries in 2012 to perform my oldest brother’s wedding ceremony. After performing his and a few friends I knew I had found something I absolutely LOVE to do. I have since performed over twenty ceremonies, I cannot express the thrill and joy it gives me to assist couples in creating a ceremony that is unique to them. My philosophy is it is your wedding your way. I am a very upbeat outgoing person, and am currently pursuing a degree in communications, specifically public relations. I have a seven year old son that is very active and keeps me on my toes, as well as a six year old pit bull (who my son refers to as his brother). I look forward to meeting with you and being a part of your special day!