Serving as a senior pastor for 40 years, I have performed many weddings in a variety of settings. I spend time with the couples preparing for marriage before preparing for the ceremony. Typically I meet with a couple anywhere from four to seven sessions prior to the wedding rehearsal and ceremony. In addition to Biblical passages, I can utilize a variety of counseling approaches depending on the need and the preference of the couple. I have used SYMBIS (Saving your marriage before it starts), PREPARE-ENRICH, Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis, DISC, etc. These are simply tools in the tool box to help prepare for a life long relationship. If you do not have a church home or are looking for someone to do pre-marital counseling and/or a marriage ceremony, I’d be happy to discuss the possibility of serving you in this way. Here are comments from those I’ve married:
Pastor Bill officiated our wedding. He was such a pleasure to work with!We really appreciated the fact that he made an effort to get to know us before the wedding. Bill provided us with premarital counseling, really taking the time to learn about our relationship, family dynamic, and relationship with Christ. This helped provide us with a solid foundation to ensure our marriage lasts a lifetime.He used all of this to really personalize our wedding. He also came up with some excellent recommendations for our ceremony that incorporated our ideas, kept us at our budget, and made for an unforgettable wedding.Thanks to Pastor Bill, our ceremony was beautiful, fun and memorable not just for us, but for our entire wedding party. We were so blessed to have Bill lead us on our special day, and we highly recommend him!
– Lee & Allison FritzWe were so blessed to have Pastor Bill leading our wedding ceremony. Not only did he incorporate our personal desires in the ceremony but he also added great insights, and gave a beautiful, God-glorifying message as well. Through premarital counseling he challenged us to think through the commitment we were making to each other, and also gave us practical insights to how to prepare well for this new stage of life together.He encouraged us as well, reminding us that God is pro-marriage and will be with us each step of the way. We wouldn’t have wanted any one else leading us through this important life-transforming transition into marriage. Thanks Pastor Bill!!– Paul & Lizzy Erickson
My husband, Joel, and I went to Pastor Bill for premarital counseling. Bill has such an encouraging and calming presence. His questions and counseling resources were very helpful and helped us to think through things we needed to before getting married. Pastor Bill has a unique giftedness in his ability to listen and ask, encourage and challenge. He has a warmth and hospitality that made me feel valued and comfortable. I’m so thankful that Joel chose to go to Pastor Bill for premarital counseling, and I’d recommend him for anyone who is needing spiritual guidance and encouragement in different areas of life.
– Joel & Kelsey Gropp