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 can accommodate your guest minister to perform your ceremony.   We request that you work with your officiant so that the ceremony is between 8-10 minutes so that our photographers have time to perform their responsibilities in taking pre-ceremony, ceremony portraits as well as post-ceremony friends/ family portraits as well as your romance portraits.    

Though, our policy is quite flexible, we cannot 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 (if you are having guests) after the ceremony as well as a "romance portrait" session. If your minister's ceremony runs long, we will not be able to provide those post-ceremony photo sessions.  If is your responsibility to explain this to your officiant and it is your officiants responsibility to complete the marriage license.   We will process it back to the TN county from which you obtained it.  Our ministers perform the ceremonies at no cost, so there is no credit if you bring your own officiant.