About our Ministers
We offer a Christian Wedding Ceremony by Ordained Ministers or, if you prefer, we also offer a Civil Ceremony.
Just let our wedding coordinators know which one is best for you.
Our staff pastors have been ordained by a local church before beginning their ministry with our Church or they were ordained within our Church. Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Lee K Bennett, was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Clinton, TN, by Rev. Hayward Highfill and the Board of Deacons on December 29th, 1974. He has a BA Degree in Religion from Carson Newman College (1973) and a MA in Religion from Baylor University in Waco, TX granted August 1975. After having pastored in Dallas, TX, he returned to his home state of Tennessee where he later founded the Church of Chapel at the Park.
What couples have said about our ministers: "We asked if he would use the vows we had written, and he did. He used our names so many times during the ceremony that our guests thought he knew us personally."
" We were amazed and pleased at how their pastor was able to put us at ease
and take the nervousness out of our special day."
From time to time we use other local pastors. We assured that they are ordained and more than capable to provide you with the ceremony that you will remember the rest of your lives.
On occasion, we are asked about you having your own "guest ministers".
We are able to accommodate guest ministers in 2 ways.
Firstly, for anyone of our 1 hour wedding packages, we invite a guest minister to say the wedding blessing or prayer. Secondly, for our 90 minute or 2 hour wedding packages, we invite a guest minister to perform the entire ceremony.
This policy is in place as we can not determine the length of a guest minister's ceremony and our experience in the past is that these ceremonies tend to be much longer. We have an obligation to provide a family and friends photo session after the ceremony as well as a "romance portrait" session. If your minister's ceremony runs long, we will not be able to provide the photo sessions within the 1 hour reservation time.