I am an ordained Lutheran pastor, but I serve couples with all kinds of faith backgrounds and lacks thereof. I take time to really get to know the couple, so that what is communicated about their relationship in the wedding ceremony is not formulaic or contrived but truly characteristic of who they are together.
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What to Expect
I do not do formulaic and contrived wedding ceremonies but try instead to really get to know the couple, so that what is communicated in the ceremony is really true to who they are together. I can do anything from light and humorous to earnest and dignified, usually a little of both, depending on the personality of the couple. Since I don't see the ceremony as my personal stage but as the couple's and their loved ones' chance to celebrate their relationship, I'm very flexible about how the service is done.
I like to meet with the couple either in person or over video chat two to four times prior to the service. The more conversation we have beforehand, and the more I come to understand their character, both as individuals and as a couple, the more I can craft a service that is personal and memorable to them.
Jared was born and raised in Colorado, near Red Rocks Ampitheater at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.
As he grew up, people would occasionally ask him what he wanted to be when he got older to which he would respond, “dinosaur,” “fireman,” “dinosaur,” “police officer,” “paleontologist,” “MLB baseball player,” “NBA basketball player,” and “rock star” in that order. By the time he entered Colorado State University, he had decided that he would be a smoke-jumper, someone who heroically parachutes out of airplanes to put out forest fires. This was perhaps the most outlandish dream yet, what with his brittle ankles and preference for reading post-structuralist philosophy over digging fire line. Fortunately, God had no interest in this dream of his.
Eventually, Jared could no longer ignore that his true calling was to become a pastor and help people discover what it means to have a vital faith without sacrificing their intellectual integrity in the 21st century.
Just weeks after undergrad, he headed east to Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio almost 65 percent believing that God would not call him away from everything he’d ever known without a plan. Sure enough the second person he met in town (after the housing administrator of the school) was the curly-haired barista and student who would become his wife. They married in 2010 and share their life in Orlando with a border collie mix named Lula, a.k.a. Papadou de Bubbalou.
Before Castle Church, Jared served as Pastor for Outreach at St. Stephen Lutheran in Longwood. He has a passion for serving the disadvantaged, founding the Seminole county satellite of Orlando’s IDignity, and is active in the Haitian Timoun Foundation. He loves football, soccer, blogging (link hidden)), traveling, and he detests Jillian Michaels workout videos.
God is good all the time.