Former owner of Woodwalk Gallery, Rev. Walker is a nondenominational officiant with many years of service to his credit.
He is amiable and well liked by couples seeking services in Door County. He now lives in Sturgeon Bay in a restored historical building downtown that was former home to the Door County Advocate Newspaper.
Mr. Wolkstein is a gifted and experienced public speaker and enjoys the art of making wedding ceremonies personal and meaningful for the bride and groom.
As an attorney, Gary Wolkstein is a court commissioner and has been an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Wisconsin for twenty years. In his former career, he was a concert pianist, chamber musician and faculty member at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. He also taught at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and Southeastern Louisiana University. Gary still enjoys collaborating musically with his family and while presiding as the officiant at weddings, he will often perform with his wife Elizabeth as part of the Arioso Ensemble that includes harp, violin and cello.
…is a non-denominational wedding officiant that has specialized in destination weddings since 2007. She has been fortunate to work with couples from Illinois, New York, California, Tennessee, Minnesota, Colorado and of course, Wisconsin.
“I believe that couples choosing to get married should have the opportunity to participate in the creation of their own wedding ceremony if they wish,” says Sherry. “I will help you create a romantic, low-stress wedding ceremony that reflects your unique relationship. I want your ceremony to be one that reflects your feelings and beliefs.”
Sherry is willing to officiate at any venue you choose, a beach, a park, or a resort, in a chapel or a backyard. She has even officiated a wedding at Lambeau Field!
Rev. Phil Sweet is a long-time officiant and friend of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC).
He is very knowledgeable on world religions and an intelligent, marvelous and insightful storyteller. He is full of wisdom, and his messages stretch his audiences to search beyond the superficial. Prior to retirement, he served as minister of Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay, and is a regular featured speaker at UUFDC in Ephraim.
Professor, Pastor and Author Bruce H. Joffe, Ph.D., believes that God’s love is experienced transformationally—through compassion shown to others and social justice for all.
With a Christian orientation and doctorate in communication, Pastor Bruce Joffe is ordained by the International Council of Community Churches, the Progressive Christian Alliance, and the Unitarian Emerging Christian Church. He requests time to meet and get to know couples who are planning a marriage before conducting the wedding service.
“You can’t box God up in religion. You can’t box Jesus up in Christianity. You can’t box church up in a building. You can’t box faith up in a set of beliefs. You can’t box grace up in conditions. The Kingdom of God isn’t boxed up in our churches. Imagine church without pulpits or pews, creeds or confessionals-no membership, plate-passing, pledges, vestments, heavenly choirs, or altar calls. Without buildings to maintain or staff to sustain, the church no longer is seen as a private club or guilt-trip haven to heaven. Instead, its focus is on caring and sharing, living here-and-now, not in the hereafter. Rather than part of our worldly empires, the church has become their antithesis. From guts to glory, the church begets reform.” – My Name Is Heretic: Reforming the Church, from Guts to Glory (Paperback – November 21, 2015 by Bruce H. Joffe)
If you are getting married in Door County or anywhere in the country, it would be Rev. Joan Shiels’ pleasure to create your special day, your special way.
She will customize your ceremony to suit your personalities, wishes and spiritual orientation. Whether you are having a big wedding, small wedding, indoor or outdoor, traditional, creative or a blend, she will get to know you and create a ceremony that makes your wedding just what you want it to be.
If you are not familiar with Door County, Joan is able to advise you about local hotels, restaurants, chapels and wedding sites. She loves to officiate weddings and looks forward to being your Door County Minister.