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Defining Moments Ministries

Dandridge , TN
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P. O. Box 1740
Dandridge, TN 37725 US (map)

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865-256-9137

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ABOUT US

The celebration of marriage on your wedding day marks one of life's greatest and most joyous defining moments. You deserve nothing less than a wonderfully meaningful and memorable... Read more
The celebration of marriage on your wedding day marks one of life's greatest and most joyous defining moments. You deserve nothing less than a wonderfully meaningful and memorable ceremony. Defining Moments Ministries is committed to “Celebrating YOUR Moments,” as you begin a new chapter in your lives together.



I'm Rev. Don Anderson, and I am privileged to spend much of my time working with couples, like you, who are beginning the marriage journey for the first time, or maybe again. From suggested premarital counseling to officiating your wedding ceremony to offering a marriage check up around your first anniversary, I will work with you to create a unique and personalized experience that empowers you, as a couple, to begin with a strong foundation and the necessary tools to create a healthy and successful marriage. Of course, you supply the love.



I've been a licensed and church ordained minister for over 27 years, and have worked as a church pastor, a hospital and hospice chaplain, a children's specialist with hospice, and a counselor with families and individuals. I've done a lot of post graduate work and stay current in the field of marriage and family studies. I've also been an avid student in the school of life and have had my share of bumps and challenges along the way. So all of these experiences come together to help me meet you where you are and create the perfect ceremony for you.



Weddings may be hosted at the location of your choice, wherever that may be. I'm qualified to provide premarital and relationship counseling and enrichment. I also do ceremonies for vow renewals, baby dedications, and other special occasions, as well as services of remembrance, end of life celebrations, guidance and grief support. I will walk with you through all of life's defining moments, now and in the years ahead. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Interfaith Ceremony, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
No Denomination
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.

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Cayci
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I loved our experience with Don. He provided our premarital counseling and performed our ceremony. We found him to have a warm and kind personality and he was extremely professional! On time and extremely helpful. He helped to make the day special and run smoothly. He catered the ceremony to us, and was very helpful when writing our vows! We would highly recommend Don!
My husband and I loved our experience with Don. He provided our premarital counseling and performed our ceremony. We found Read more...
My husband and I loved our experience with Don. He provided our premarital counseling and performed our ceremony. We found him to have a warm and kind personality and he was extremely professional! On time and extremely helpful. He helped to make the day special and run smoothly. He catered the ceremony to us, and was very helpful when writing our vows! We would highly recommend Don! Read less
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Leigh
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Don performed my daughter's ceremony at Crescent Bend. He did an outstanding job! Don is kind and caring. I highly recommend Don.
Don performed my daughter's ceremony at Crescent Bend. He did an outstanding job! Don is kind and caring. I highly Read more...
Don performed my daughter's ceremony at Crescent Bend. He did an outstanding job! Don is kind and caring. I highly recommend Don. Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
DON IS AWESOME! He truly took the time to get to know us before the big day. We spent countless hours getting to know one another prior to the wedding with marriage counseling. It really helped make the big day super special and personalized. Don included our personalized story in the ceremony which was super touching. We were very pleased and will be life long friends with Don.
DON IS AWESOME! He truly took the time to get to know us before the big day. We spent countless hours getting to know one Read more...
DON IS AWESOME! He truly took the time to get to know us before the big day. We spent countless hours getting to know one another prior to the wedding with marriage counseling. It really helped make the big day super special and personalized. Don included our personalized story in the ceremony which was super touching. We were very pleased and will be life long friends with Don. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
3/20/2016
5.0/5.0
Don is simply outstanding. I found him here on wedding wire back in August. He called right away to talk to me and get to know me and my groom. We talked about an hour for the first time! :) He sent us a series of emails and ended up tailoring our vows directly to those. It was his way of getting to know us and personalizing our vows. Who knew I'd get married with George Lucas quotes? It was absolutely one of the best days of my life and Don helped tremendously, thinking of little things (like who would have the rings, what did he want to introduce us as the first time, etc. His beautiful wife Ashby was also able to attend our ceremony and was so gracious. I appreciate both of them so much! Don even took care of dropping off our marriage license the following week. It was here by the time we got back from our honeymoon.

A thousand thank yous, and a thousand more.
Don is simply outstanding. I found him here on wedding wire back in August. He called right away to talk to me and get to Read more...
Don is simply outstanding. I found him here on wedding wire back in August. He called right away to talk to me and get to know me and my groom. We talked about an hour for the first time! :) He sent us a series of emails and ended up tailoring our vows directly to those. It was his way of getting to know us and personalizing our vows. Who knew I'd get married with George Lucas quotes? It was absolutely one of the best days of my life and Don helped tremendously, thinking of little things (like who would have the rings, what did he want to introduce us as the first time, etc. His beautiful wife Ashby was also able to attend our ceremony and was so gracious. I appreciate both of them so much! Don even took care of dropping off our marriage license the following week. It was here by the time we got back from our honeymoon.

A thousand thank yous, and a thousand more. Read less
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Lacey
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
I am having trouble finding the words to explain what an asset Reverend Anderson was to our wedding day. Not only was he an excellent officiant, but he's an amazing person.

I was very nervous about finding an officiant. First, I wanted someone who was well spoken and genuine; second, I wanted someone who would understand and respect our religious beliefs. I initially used to Wedding Wire to find officiants of interest, but I used a facebook wedding group to express that I needed to find someone who was open to differing religious views. I was instantly messaged by Reverend Anderson and he asked that we speak on the phone. He asked about what I was looking for in an officiant and what concerns I may have... he was so warm hearted and personable that I felt like I was speaking to a close friend, or a therapist! He is an excellent listener, haha. (he actually offers counseling for couples to help develop a foundation for their marriage as well!)

Once I spoke with him I knew that he was for us. He is very professional and has alot of experience. Most (not all) couples are planning their wedding for the first time and feel lost. Rev Anderson is able to provide structure and personalize our ceremony to our liking. He was excellent with maintaining communication well before our wedding day to make sure everything is taken care of. Despite my moments of poor communication, he remained very understanding and patient.

Reverend Anderson's performance was excellent. He is very articulate and poised with his speech. His organization of our ceremony was perfect... he was able to keep our guests engaged and in the moment. I still constantly receive compliments from my loved ones.

After finishing the hustle and bustle of our big day, I look back on many regrets: things that I spent too much time on, too much money on, or things that I forgot... but having Rev Anderson as our officiant was definitely the most valuable asset to our special day.
I am having trouble finding the words to explain what an asset Reverend Anderson was to our wedding day. Not only was he Read more...
I am having trouble finding the words to explain what an asset Reverend Anderson was to our wedding day. Not only was he an excellent officiant, but he's an amazing person.

I was very nervous about finding an officiant. First, I wanted someone who was well spoken and genuine; second, I wanted someone who would understand and respect our religious beliefs. I initially used to Wedding Wire to find officiants of interest, but I used a facebook wedding group to express that I needed to find someone who was open to differing religious views. I was instantly messaged by Reverend Anderson and he asked that we speak on the phone. He asked about what I was looking for in an officiant and what concerns I may have... he was so warm hearted and personable that I felt like I was speaking to a close friend, or a therapist! He is an excellent listener, haha. (he actually offers counseling for couples to help develop a foundation for their marriage as well!)

Once I spoke with him I knew that he was for us. He is very professional and has alot of experience. Most (not all) couples are planning their wedding for the first time and feel lost. Rev Anderson is able to provide structure and personalize our ceremony to our liking. He was excellent with maintaining communication well before our wedding day to make sure everything is taken care of. Despite my moments of poor communication, he remained very understanding and patient.

Reverend Anderson's performance was excellent. He is very articulate and poised with his speech. His organization of our ceremony was perfect... he was able to keep our guests engaged and in the moment. I still constantly receive compliments from my loved ones.

After finishing the hustle and bustle of our big day, I look back on many regrets: things that I spent too much time on, too much money on, or things that I forgot... but having Rev Anderson as our officiant was definitely the most valuable asset to our special day. Read less
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Rhonda
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
We can not thank you enough for "hearing us" and making our day all that we wanted and more with such a beautiful ceremony!! Our family and friends could not believe how you captured the essence of us! Your sense of humor is amazing and our ONLY regret is that we didn't get to spend more time with you! We are honored to call you a friend and want to tell everyone how wonderful you are!! Thank you again!!
We can not thank you enough for "hearing us" and making our day all that we wanted and more with such a beautiful Read more...
We can not thank you enough for "hearing us" and making our day all that we wanted and more with such a beautiful ceremony!! Our family and friends could not believe how you captured the essence of us! Your sense of humor is amazing and our ONLY regret is that we didn't get to spend more time with you! We are honored to call you a friend and want to tell everyone how wonderful you are!! Thank you again!! Read less
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Desiree
Wedding:
8/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev Don Anderson married my husband and I at our cabin in Gatlinburg Tennessee on August 25th 2015. We believe that God led us to Defining Moments Ministries. Since we are from South West Michigan, we were a little nervous about finding someone that we didn't know to perform our ceremony. The first conversation I had over the phone with Don I knew right away, and after I hung up I remember feeling so happy and connected to him. He is truly kind and genuinely enjoys getting to know you. He is interested in your story and will make you feel like you have known him for years. Don spent so much time putting together our perfect ceremony and allowed us to make it our own. He went above and beyond for us and we are so blessed to have found him. We were honored to have Don perform our ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful and personal and everything we hoped it would be. We will be in touch with Don for many years to come! Thank you Don for being so amazing!!!! God is good.
Rev Don Anderson married my husband and I at our cabin in Gatlinburg Tennessee on August 25th 2015. We believe that God Read more...
Rev Don Anderson married my husband and I at our cabin in Gatlinburg Tennessee on August 25th 2015. We believe that God led us to Defining Moments Ministries. Since we are from South West Michigan, we were a little nervous about finding someone that we didn't know to perform our ceremony. The first conversation I had over the phone with Don I knew right away, and after I hung up I remember feeling so happy and connected to him. He is truly kind and genuinely enjoys getting to know you. He is interested in your story and will make you feel like you have known him for years. Don spent so much time putting together our perfect ceremony and allowed us to make it our own. He went above and beyond for us and we are so blessed to have found him. We were honored to have Don perform our ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful and personal and everything we hoped it would be. We will be in touch with Don for many years to come! Thank you Don for being so amazing!!!! God is good. Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
4/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Don was an absolute joy to work with. His friendly and kind personality made my now husband and I feel very comfortable both before and during our ceremony. His initial marriage questions were a fantastic starting point discussing pointed topics any couple needs to address before marriage, as well as a probe to find out our love story. Tony and I were so impressed with how Don pulled information from our story and intertwined our words with his own for our ceremony in the most genuine and beautiful way possible.
Don was an absolute joy to work with. His friendly and kind personality made my now husband and I feel very comfortable Read more...
Don was an absolute joy to work with. His friendly and kind personality made my now husband and I feel very comfortable both before and during our ceremony. His initial marriage questions were a fantastic starting point discussing pointed topics any couple needs to address before marriage, as well as a probe to find out our love story. Tony and I were so impressed with how Don pulled information from our story and intertwined our words with his own for our ceremony in the most genuine and beautiful way possible. Read less
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Krista
Wedding:
3/15/2015
5.0/5.0
We attended a wedding that Don offiated about 2 years before Don married us. It was the most beautiful ceremony I had ever seen and I had been to many weddings. We said then that if we ever got married we wanted Don to marry us....and about 2 years later he did. He made our ceremony absolutely perfect. After the ceremony, more than a couple of guests said Don's ceremony for us was the most beautiful they have ever attended. A family member said she wanted him to marry her whenever she got married. Don made it everything we had hoped for and more. He personalized it so much as if he had known us for years (which he did not-we met with him for pre-marital counseling is all. I would recommend this with him-it was wonderful and helpful). Don told our love story throughout the wedding ceremony making it both personalized and sentimental, as well as touching and unforgettable both to us and our guests. Don truly delivers a unique and sincere ceremony. Guests told us later what they enjoyed the most was how the ceremony was filled with love and laughter. It was perfect! Thanks so much Don! Raymond and Krista Raper
We attended a wedding that Don offiated about 2 years before Don married us. It was the most beautiful ceremony I had ever Read more...
We attended a wedding that Don offiated about 2 years before Don married us. It was the most beautiful ceremony I had ever seen and I had been to many weddings. We said then that if we ever got married we wanted Don to marry us....and about 2 years later he did. He made our ceremony absolutely perfect. After the ceremony, more than a couple of guests said Don's ceremony for us was the most beautiful they have ever attended. A family member said she wanted him to marry her whenever she got married. Don made it everything we had hoped for and more. He personalized it so much as if he had known us for years (which he did not-we met with him for pre-marital counseling is all. I would recommend this with him-it was wonderful and helpful). Don told our love story throughout the wedding ceremony making it both personalized and sentimental, as well as touching and unforgettable both to us and our guests. Don truly delivers a unique and sincere ceremony. Guests told us later what they enjoyed the most was how the ceremony was filled with love and laughter. It was perfect! Thanks so much Don! Raymond and Krista Raper Read less
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Malinda
Wedding:
3/14/2015
5.0/5.0
Don was absolutely GREAT to work with! My husband and I were traveling from Ohio to Tennessee to elope and let me tell you that it was probably one of the BEST decisions we will ever make! He called when we arrived and was giving us ideas on where to hold the ceremony, which was awesome because we didn't even know where to begin! We ended up finding the perfect place! Don was very informative and was right on time, even though we ran a little late ourselves! The ceremony was absolutely perfect and a big thanks goes to Don! Everything he said was perfect! My sister claimed it was the best ceremony she had ever attended! Thank you so much Don!!!
Don was absolutely GREAT to work with! My husband and I were traveling from Ohio to Tennessee to elope and let me tell you Read more...
Don was absolutely GREAT to work with! My husband and I were traveling from Ohio to Tennessee to elope and let me tell you that it was probably one of the BEST decisions we will ever make! He called when we arrived and was giving us ideas on where to hold the ceremony, which was awesome because we didn't even know where to begin! We ended up finding the perfect place! Don was very informative and was right on time, even though we ran a little late ourselves! The ceremony was absolutely perfect and a big thanks goes to Don! Everything he said was perfect! My sister claimed it was the best ceremony she had ever attended! Thank you so much Don!!! Read less
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