Credentials & Background


It's no small thing to use the web to find someone for your wedding day. I understand how nerve-racking and intimidating it can be, so let me put your mind at ease a little. I've been a wedding officiant for ove seven years. In that time I've done about 700 Long Island and New York City weddings.

I was ordained to Christian ministry in the '80s. From 1980 to 2000 I served as a full-time pastor in two Baptist churches - first in  Pennsylvania and then one on Long Island. At Western Seminary in beautiful Portland, Oregon, I earned a Master's degree in Divinity (M.Div.) and a Master's in Theology (Th.M.) - the standard theological degrees. I received my B.S. from Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

I conduct non-denominational Christian weddings and funerals – and also non-religious ones. In both cases, the shape and style of the ceremony or service depends almost entirely upon you and your background and desires, not mine. It's not about me.

I'm am registered with the city of New York*, which means I have appeared before the City Clerk's office in person and produced "sufficient evidence of my ordination by a recognized religious body."  *(NYC Registration #17172)

In some significant ways I'm different from many other officiants on the internet. Mostly, I'm thinking of those who don't have pastoral experience in a local church, ordination from a traditional denomination (e.g., Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist), or the recognized, standard seminary degrees. It's something for you to note as you search for an officiant - just so that as much as possible, you match your officiant with your desires as a couple (e.g., more or less traditional, more or less religious, "new age" or not, etc.)

I like to describe myself as a somewhat old-fashioned, garden variety minister. (Just picture Reverend Camden on Seventh Heaven, but on Long Island instead.) I hope this means I'm warm, helpful, caring, and professional - but not spooky or kooky.

I hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. It always make sense to practice "due diligence." 

Pastor Bill Britton  (516) 242-3721 or

Pastor Bill, Many of our guests commented on how great you were. We really appreciate the words you spoke, and the moments you helped us create. You will be forever in our hearts and minds. Thank you again, Anthony & Christine

Pastor Bill serves families in the Greater New York area including Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County), Queens, Brooklyn, New York City (Manhattan), and Westchester County. If you’re thinking of using a Judge for your wedding, or a Justice of the Peace – or if you’re thinking of going to city hall for your wedding – or perhaps you’re working on a last minute wedding plan – in any case, Pastor Bill would love to speak with you. Pastor Bill is also available for families that have suffered the loss of a loved one and are planning a funeral.

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