Dawn Halstead, M.Div.
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About Rev. Dawn Halstead, Wedding Officiant

Dawn HalsteadRead more about my philosophy below.

As a chaplain and ordained minister, I have been blessed to share the many transitions in the lives of others. I officiate at weddings, vow renewals, and funeral/memorial services, as well as provide occasional pulpit supply. Listening to, encouraging, affirming, and celebrating with people on their life's journey are among my gifts of ministry.

I do not limit my ministry to Christianity. People of all faith/spiritual traditions (including those who profess no tradition) and all expressions of sexual/gender orientation (e.g., LGBT) are welcome to contact me for their ministerial needs.

Spending time with my family and friends is something I value. I enjoy practicing yoga, gardening, reading and creating ceremonies and ritual.

I look forward to helping you with your own personalized wedding. Contact me for more information!


My Philosophy

I believe a couple’s commitment to one another is a transformative time in their lives. It is one of many special events that you will share throughout your life together. A marriage marks a sacred rite of passage on your life’s journey. Sharing your wedding with family and friends is an important public affirmation of the love and joy you have found in one another.

As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I affirm all loving couples that desire to marry. My education and experience covers a broad spectrum of ministering with people of all faith/spiritual dimensions, cultures, nationalities and practices. If you have no religious affiliation or faith expression, you are welcome. People of all expressions of sexual/gender orientation are welcome.

I specialize in customizing ceremonies and rituals that are as unique as you are—as individuals and as a couple. When we meet, I will invite you to share your stories with me. Stories reveal who we are; they reveal what brings meaning and value to our life. As I learn about your hopes and dreams, we will create together a ceremony that reflects your personalities, expectations and vision. I will encourage you to include your own readings, words, vows and rituals in the ceremony if you so choose. Remember, this is your day. I want to assist you by creating a day that is as beautiful and lovely as it can possibly be. A day to remember. A new beginning.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,
I welcome you.