Meet...Reverend Paul Michael

His Background

Reverend Michael is an independent, non-denominational wedding officiant who received his formal ordination in Chicago (1982) and his Masters in Theology in Los Angeles (1995). He officiated his first wedding in Naperville Illinois (1983) and began officiating fulltime in Phoenix in 1994. Paul is kept busy in the Valley, but schedule-permitting, is open to travel.

Paul describes his ministry as one for marriage and family specializing in engaged and newlywed couples. You will find Rev. Michael with many skills that he brings to expression for a ceremony. These include organization, creativity, personability with people and a sense of timing as a presenter. None, though, are commented upon quite as much as his calming and light-hearted nature as a person in working with couples and their families (you may find Paul jokingly sharing--in a dead serious tone--that he is a DCPU, a double-certified professional unoverwhelmer).

In addition to officiating wedding ceremonies, Rev. Michael regularly officiates Renewal of Vows, Baby Blessings, and Sacred Commitment Ceremonies (for couples not wanting to have--or who can't have--a legal ceremony). He also serves couples before and after their wedding who would like to hone their communication skills. He emphatically believes that skillful communication is the #1 ingredient for a healthy committed relationship.You may want to ask Paul about his four week email communication class or about his in-person comunication practice sessions.

Paul also publishes two other sites: The Marriage Toolbox, one of the first marriage sites on the internet, and, known in the past 10 years for its ability to hand-match ministers, civil officiants, pastors, priests and rabbis to a couple's ceremony. His associates are in 25 USA metro areas. Family and friends that you know in other areas will find this resource personal and invaluable.

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A Phoenix Arizona Officiant By Any Other Name: Wedding marriage ministers and civil officiants are known by many names: minister, officiant, official, pastor, officiate, officiator, wedding officiant, wedding minister, wedding official, wedding pastor, marriage officiant, marriage minister, ceremony officiant, non-religious officiant, ceremony minister, marriage official, wedding clergy, priest, civil officiant and as one 5 year old once told me, “the one who tells them when to kiss”

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