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Clergy Referral Service

Fontana , CA

LOCATION

15218 Summit Ave Ste. #300-525
Fontana, CA US 92336 (map)

PHONE

877-253-7497

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ABOUT US

Giving you the wedding of your dreams.

Now, that says a lot! Everyone has a different idea of what their Wedding Dreams are...

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Giving you the wedding of your dreams.

Now, that says a lot! Everyone has a different idea of what their Wedding Dreams are...

So, how can The Clergy Referral Service (CRS) help you?

Whether you are looking for a 5 minute run down the aisle and get it over with, a wedding with all the bells and whistles kind of production or something in between we can handle it all!

No matter how you want to celebrate your special day, if you need a nondenominational minister, a bilingual Spanish speaking minister, a catholic priest or a rabbi we can take care of your need. Would you like a religious ceremony, a civil ceremony, a theme wedding or a renewal of vows? We can do that, too!

Our officiants have worked with wedding professionals and locations all over Southern California. Our number one referral comes from our former couples. We can even help you find the right professional to help you. From photographers to wedding coordinators, from DJ’s to florists we can help point you in the right direction.

CRS has wedding officiates who are experienced in helping couples from many different backgrounds create a wedding that will become...

The Wedding of Your Dreams!

Rev. Bill Crandall, founder of CRS received a B. A. in Christian Ministry from Anaheim Christian College in Anaheim, CA. He has served as an intern Pastor and has worked in a variety of church ministries including: worship, blended family, single parents, divorce recovery, and bereavement ministries. Along with his wife and children, he is involved at Mission Hills Church, San Marcos, CA. His ordination is recognized by St. Matthew Ecumenical Catholic Church in Orange County.

Rev. Crandall has been active in wedding ministry since 1990. In 1996 he started Plans of the Heart Ministries with the goal of helping couples experience an intimate and unique wedding ceremony. He has been involved in all aspects of the wedding experience from planning to coordination.

In 2002 CRS was created to meet the growing need for wedding officiates in Southern California. Currently he is a member of Fabulous Events in Riverside, Fleur de Lis Wedding Assoc. in Upland, N.A.C.E. (National Association of Catering Executives), Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Assoc. of Bridal Consultants (ABC) and is a member of San Diego Wedding Association. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Presbyterian, Evangelical, Hindu, Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. Most of our weddings are not at religious locations.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Every couple we work with gets to put together their own ceremony. We provide a wedding package that has all of the information to create a unique and personal wedding.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Absolutely! We even give them ideas that will get them started.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Yes we do, but they can also choose readings from other sources.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No, but it is available from some of our officiants.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
We often perform or run the rehearsals for out couples. We will defer to a wedding coordinator if they have hired one or a location has their own coordinator. In that case, we will help as needed.

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mayra
Wedding:
9/14/2014
5.0/5.0
I find Reverend Gregory Pratt through the bridal expo held at Pomona Valley Mining Co. ......He immediately pulled me in with his great personality and great sense of humor! !! He had my sister's and me laughing and I even teared up as he gave me a quick preview of the sand ceremony. .... the way he does it is extremely beautiful! !! I wasn't sure if I wanted to go with the candle ceremony or the sand ceremony, but his execution sold me on going with sand for my wedding. Our Wedding was held Sunday 09/14/14 at Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA.... Let me tell you that words cannot explain how beautiful our ceremony turned out. Everyone is still giving us compliments on the romantic and thoughtful ceremony. Greg Pratt had tissues ready for me and everything. He was a true pleasure to work with and my husband and I give him 10 STARS!!!! THANK YOU REVEREND GREG FOR MAKING OUR SPECIAL DAY A MEMORABLE ONE!! :-)
Raymond & Mayra Daigneault
I find Reverend Gregory Pratt through the bridal expo held at Pomona Valley Mining Co. ......He immediately pulled me in Read more...
I find Reverend Gregory Pratt through the bridal expo held at Pomona Valley Mining Co. ......He immediately pulled me in with his great personality and great sense of humor! !! He had my sister's and me laughing and I even teared up as he gave me a quick preview of the sand ceremony. .... the way he does it is extremely beautiful! !! I wasn't sure if I wanted to go with the candle ceremony or the sand ceremony, but his execution sold me on going with sand for my wedding. Our Wedding was held Sunday 09/14/14 at Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA.... Let me tell you that words cannot explain how beautiful our ceremony turned out. Everyone is still giving us compliments on the romantic and thoughtful ceremony. Greg Pratt had tissues ready for me and everything. He was a true pleasure to work with and my husband and I give him 10 STARS!!!! THANK YOU REVEREND GREG FOR MAKING OUR SPECIAL DAY A MEMORABLE ONE!! :-)
Raymond & Mayra Daigneault Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Greg Pratt was our officiant for our wedding just this month, and I have to say he was perfect! I also have to disagree with the bride who posted negative things about him. Firstly, he was very flexible and allowed us to pick and choose whatever we wanted in our ceremony, such as ideas he provided, as well as our own. He even included our one year old at the end where he announced us as Mr. and Mrs.
I received several compliments on his performance, he made the audience laugh several times, and for me, it was very memorable. Every photo he is in will remind me of how much I appreciate what he did for us! I will be recommending him to everyone I know, whether they ask, or not!

Thank you again Greg, for everything!
Rev. Greg Pratt was our officiant for our wedding just this month, and I have to say he was perfect! I also have to Read more...
Rev. Greg Pratt was our officiant for our wedding just this month, and I have to say he was perfect! I also have to disagree with the bride who posted negative things about him. Firstly, he was very flexible and allowed us to pick and choose whatever we wanted in our ceremony, such as ideas he provided, as well as our own. He even included our one year old at the end where he announced us as Mr. and Mrs.
I received several compliments on his performance, he made the audience laugh several times, and for me, it was very memorable. Every photo he is in will remind me of how much I appreciate what he did for us! I will be recommending him to everyone I know, whether they ask, or not!

Thank you again Greg, for everything! Read less
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Abby
Wedding:
2/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Gregory Pratt was absolutely wonderful to work with. Our ceremony was conducted very professionally, personalized just the way we wanted it. We've received several compliments about our ceremony and Reverend especially from my mom, who wasn't too fond of the idea that I wasn't getting married in a Catholic Church. She too was very pleased with our ceremony.

My husband and I couldn't be happier with the way Rev. Gregory officiated our beautiful ceremony. He was funny, he made it personal and most importantly he made it special not just for the 2 of us, but for my step-daughter as well.

We are so thankful for Rev. Gregory Pratt and we would highly recommend him to anyone getting married.
Rev. Gregory Pratt was absolutely wonderful to work with. Our ceremony was conducted very professionally, personalized Read more...
Rev. Gregory Pratt was absolutely wonderful to work with. Our ceremony was conducted very professionally, personalized just the way we wanted it. We've received several compliments about our ceremony and Reverend especially from my mom, who wasn't too fond of the idea that I wasn't getting married in a Catholic Church. She too was very pleased with our ceremony.

My husband and I couldn't be happier with the way Rev. Gregory officiated our beautiful ceremony. He was funny, he made it personal and most importantly he made it special not just for the 2 of us, but for my step-daughter as well.

We are so thankful for Rev. Gregory Pratt and we would highly recommend him to anyone getting married. Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Dear Reverend Greg (Pratt), I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful ceramony you officiated for our daughter Maegen and Frankie. Since the weeding we have recieved several calls from close family members and friends thanking us for inviting them and complemeting us on the festivity and on the reverend, coments made about you Reverend were, he really made it personal, special and at the same time fun, we really liked him.
I'm a real people person I'm glad I took the time to get to know you prior to the weeding and then after the weeding during the photo shoot, getting to know you in some way made you a bigger part of day.
As i mentioned to you I was born, raised and still a practicing Catholic, so when our Maegen told us she wasnt ready to marry in the church her Mom and I for the longest time were somewhat disapointed. But I'm a firm believer that the Lord always has a plan, and when I met you I new it was going to be a great day and celebration. Thank you!
Dear Reverend Greg (Pratt), I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful ceramony you officiated for our Read more...
Dear Reverend Greg (Pratt), I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful ceramony you officiated for our daughter Maegen and Frankie. Since the weeding we have recieved several calls from close family members and friends thanking us for inviting them and complemeting us on the festivity and on the reverend, coments made about you Reverend were, he really made it personal, special and at the same time fun, we really liked him.
I'm a real people person I'm glad I took the time to get to know you prior to the weeding and then after the weeding during the photo shoot, getting to know you in some way made you a bigger part of day.
As i mentioned to you I was born, raised and still a practicing Catholic, so when our Maegen told us she wasnt ready to marry in the church her Mom and I for the longest time were somewhat disapointed. But I'm a firm believer that the Lord always has a plan, and when I met you I new it was going to be a great day and celebration. Thank you! Read less
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M
Wedding:
10/22/2011
4.4/5.0
Rev Greg Pratt was the officiant at our wedding. I have read the previous review by the bride. And I do not agree with her at all. We had a meeting he went over all the fees he was NOT late to our wedding, he did give us a contract at the meeting when we left a deposit, was told of all the fees up front. We even hired his son to viedo our wedding. He did give us master sheet to go over pick and choose different verses we were free to do anything add words change words . So i am confused on what she was looking for.....he sent us a final draft of our cermony a week before the wedding and was told to make any changes we wanted. I have had several comments from my guest and they all loved the ceramony. My husband and were very happy with him. We think it was good to have some fun and be serious. Yes I would recomend Rev Pratt any time.
Rev Greg Pratt was the officiant at our wedding. I have read the previous review by the bride. And I do not agree with her Read more...
Rev Greg Pratt was the officiant at our wedding. I have read the previous review by the bride. And I do not agree with her at all. We had a meeting he went over all the fees he was NOT late to our wedding, he did give us a contract at the meeting when we left a deposit, was told of all the fees up front. We even hired his son to viedo our wedding. He did give us master sheet to go over pick and choose different verses we were free to do anything add words change words . So i am confused on what she was looking for.....he sent us a final draft of our cermony a week before the wedding and was told to make any changes we wanted. I have had several comments from my guest and they all loved the ceramony. My husband and were very happy with him. We think it was good to have some fun and be serious. Yes I would recomend Rev Pratt any time. Read less
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dualicious
Wedding:
10/3/2010
0.0/5.0
While I've seen many great reviews for Mr. Crandall, I was referred to Judy, who was unfortunately unavailable for my date and "Reverend" Greg Pratt picked up the phone when I called the CRS. Basically, it was awful. Here's the email I sent him post-wedding:

"-From the first phone call, I was put off by how I had to pull a price range out of you. It doesn't seem unfair that I should know what to expect before you ask me to put forth precious gas and time to meet you. Your prices are not unreasonable for the area. In the future, letting customers know your price range is a perfect way to screen people who are not willing to pay your fee anyways rather than pushing them to meet you so you can sell them in person.

-You also quoted me a beginning price of $275, which I understand is for the bare minimum, however, you did NOT even mention this at our meeting. Instead you pushed us straight for the $350 CUSTOM wedding, which was fine, but I am not stupid, and I shouldn't have to ask you why you originally quoted me $275+ and then not explain to me my options as if the option were not there. Basically, I feel as if you told me one thing over the phone and then omitted it at the meeting until I asked.

-I understand you were some kind of salesman in a past life? You completely misread me at the meeting in your focus on getting your spiel out. I wasn't pleased at being forced to go along with your script about how OUR wedding is all about me. I was more than happy to hire you, have you hand your "CUSTOM" script over and to go through it myself, rather than to listen to you expound on every possible feature. I listened out of politeness, despite trying to indicate that it wasn't necessary.

-Next, despite your salesy guarantee of how easy it would be to get things moving, it took almost A WEEK get a signed contract back from you. I do not underestimate that you are a busy man, but neither do I have the time to be worrying about whether you are going to give me a contract. Perhaps you are over committing yourself, since you promised to call me and did not, you lagged on sending documents and were not prompt in general.

-And yes, I hired you. I was in unfortunate circumstances, and I hired you. But that is no reason I should be taken advantage of or not given what I was promised and what I paid for.

-We paid for your CUSTOM wedding, in which you had a "menu" and we were free to choose what we wanted and did not want said. Justin and I spent time to go through your script and adjust it as we saw fit to create a wedding that was true to us. You said you had received it and would call if you had questions and I did not receive a phone call, which indicates that you understood what you were sent (or did you read it at all?)

-You were late to our wedding, which I was willing to forgive since guests were still coming, however I notice your contract bills us $250 if we start 16 minutes late. You did not account for being able to find the place which we'd had the impression you'd worked at before, so I should bill you!

-Finally, the biggest insult. Not two seconds after you had opened your mouth, it was painfully obvious that you had decided to ignore the CUSTOM wedding you'd offered us, and that we'd sent you, in favor of being able to say whatever YOU wanted to say. There were entire parts of your ceremony that we had specifically and intentionally deleted which you FORCED upon us anyways. For a specific example, we deleted your explanation of what love is. Had I needed one, I would not have had a wedding. I was visibly upset throughout the ceremony and left at your mercy, how could I possibly stop you? My groom and many close family and friends who know us well were not impressed at all at your delivery which reeked of insincerity. In the end, I feel as though I had paid you, not for a CUSTOM wedding, but so you could enjoy hearing yourself talk.

In summary:
We paid promptly, sent back the contract in a timely manner, and reviewed your ceremony as asked, fulfilling our part of this business transaction.
You did not deliver a CUSTOM wedding. We saw you include many things we had intentionally deleted.

At this point, I feel I could only be thankful that you showed up and that you signed our license. Every picture of you in our ceremony is a reminder of our dissatisfaction. Please think of that, as I would appreciate some restitution.

-I have learned from the friends of ours who were good enough to take care of this, that it is the responsibility of the officiant to mail the signed license. After the wedding I asked if you were responsible for this and you handed it back and said we should take care of it. This issue now falls under the legal definition of negligence. I expect a response."

In keeping with his character, he has not responded. DO NOT HIRE THIS MAN.
While I've seen many great reviews for Mr. Crandall, I was referred to Judy, who was unfortunately unavailable for my date Read more...
While I've seen many great reviews for Mr. Crandall, I was referred to Judy, who was unfortunately unavailable for my date and "Reverend" Greg Pratt picked up the phone when I called the CRS. Basically, it was awful. Here's the email I sent him post-wedding:

"-From the first phone call, I was put off by how I had to pull a price range out of you. It doesn't seem unfair that I should know what to expect before you ask me to put forth precious gas and time to meet you. Your prices are not unreasonable for the area. In the future, letting customers know your price range is a perfect way to screen people who are not willing to pay your fee anyways rather than pushing them to meet you so you can sell them in person.

-You also quoted me a beginning price of $275, which I understand is for the bare minimum, however, you did NOT even mention this at our meeting. Instead you pushed us straight for the $350 CUSTOM wedding, which was fine, but I am not stupid, and I shouldn't have to ask you why you originally quoted me $275+ and then not explain to me my options as if the option were not there. Basically, I feel as if you told me one thing over the phone and then omitted it at the meeting until I asked.

-I understand you were some kind of salesman in a past life? You completely misread me at the meeting in your focus on getting your spiel out. I wasn't pleased at being forced to go along with your script about how OUR wedding is all about me. I was more than happy to hire you, have you hand your "CUSTOM" script over and to go through it myself, rather than to listen to you expound on every possible feature. I listened out of politeness, despite trying to indicate that it wasn't necessary.

-Next, despite your salesy guarantee of how easy it would be to get things moving, it took almost A WEEK get a signed contract back from you. I do not underestimate that you are a busy man, but neither do I have the time to be worrying about whether you are going to give me a contract. Perhaps you are over committing yourself, since you promised to call me and did not, you lagged on sending documents and were not prompt in general.

-And yes, I hired you. I was in unfortunate circumstances, and I hired you. But that is no reason I should be taken advantage of or not given what I was promised and what I paid for.

-We paid for your CUSTOM wedding, in which you had a "menu" and we were free to choose what we wanted and did not want said. Justin and I spent time to go through your script and adjust it as we saw fit to create a wedding that was true to us. You said you had received it and would call if you had questions and I did not receive a phone call, which indicates that you understood what you were sent (or did you read it at all?)

-You were late to our wedding, which I was willing to forgive since guests were still coming, however I notice your contract bills us $250 if we start 16 minutes late. You did not account for being able to find the place which we'd had the impression you'd worked at before, so I should bill you!

-Finally, the biggest insult. Not two seconds after you had opened your mouth, it was painfully obvious that you had decided to ignore the CUSTOM wedding you'd offered us, and that we'd sent you, in favor of being able to say whatever YOU wanted to say. There were entire parts of your ceremony that we had specifically and intentionally deleted which you FORCED upon us anyways. For a specific example, we deleted your explanation of what love is. Had I needed one, I would not have had a wedding. I was visibly upset throughout the ceremony and left at your mercy, how could I possibly stop you? My groom and many close family and friends who know us well were not impressed at all at your delivery which reeked of insincerity. In the end, I feel as though I had paid you, not for a CUSTOM wedding, but so you could enjoy hearing yourself talk.

In summary:
We paid promptly, sent back the contract in a timely manner, and reviewed your ceremony as asked, fulfilling our part of this business transaction.
You did not deliver a CUSTOM wedding. We saw you include many things we had intentionally deleted.

At this point, I feel I could only be thankful that you showed up and that you signed our license. Every picture of you in our ceremony is a reminder of our dissatisfaction. Please think of that, as I would appreciate some restitution.

-I have learned from the friends of ours who were good enough to take care of this, that it is the responsibility of the officiant to mail the signed license. After the wedding I asked if you were responsible for this and you handed it back and said we should take care of it. This issue now falls under the legal definition of negligence. I expect a response."

In keeping with his character, he has not responded. DO NOT HIRE THIS MAN. Read less
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Jina
Wedding:
9/19/2008
5.0/5.0
Rev Bill Crandall was great to work with. Our ceremony was conducted very professional and went very smooth. He was very easy to work with and accomodating to our requests. We would highly recommend Bill Crandall to anyone getting married.
Rev Bill Crandall was great to work with. Our ceremony was conducted very professional and went very smooth. He was very Read more...
Rev Bill Crandall was great to work with. Our ceremony was conducted very professional and went very smooth. He was very easy to work with and accomodating to our requests. We would highly recommend Bill Crandall to anyone getting married. Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
6/28/2008
5.0/5.0
Rev Greg Pratt was extremely professional! He set aside many meetings to go over vows with us. He makes the ceremony special and unique to the wedded couple!
Rev Greg Pratt was extremely professional! He set aside many meetings to go over vows with us. He makes the ceremony Read more...
Rev Greg Pratt was extremely professional! He set aside many meetings to go over vows with us. He makes the ceremony special and unique to the wedded couple! Read less
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Rye_
Wedding:
2/16/2008
5.0/5.0
Reverend Bill provided us with a perfect service. We knew immediately after our first meeting with him that he was the man we needed.
Reverend Bill provided us with a perfect service. We knew immediately after our first meeting with him that he was the man Read more...
Reverend Bill provided us with a perfect service. We knew immediately after our first meeting with him that he was the man we needed. Read less
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ashlizs
Wedding:
11/10/2007
4.6/5.0
Rev. Crandall was awesome! We loved how we customized our own vows out of all his different package ideas!
Rev. Crandall was awesome! We loved how we customized our own vows out of all his different package ideas!
Rev. Crandall was awesome! We loved how we customized our own vows out of all his different package ideas! Read less
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soar91
Wedding:
12/28/1991
4.9/5.0
Rev. Crandall was able to place me with the perfect minister. We felt like we knew him forever.
Rev. Crandall was able to place me with the perfect minister. We felt like we knew him forever.
Rev. Crandall was able to place me with the perfect minister. We felt like we knew him forever. Read less
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