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First Step Ministries

Schaumburg , IL
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Schaumburg, IL 60173 US (map)

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815-519-3256

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ABOUT US

My name is Pastor Brandyn Simmons and I am a non-denominational minister specializing in making weddings right for you! I have two simple principles: 1. It is YOUR wedding and will be... Read more
My name is Pastor Brandyn Simmons and I am a non-denominational minister specializing in making weddings right for you! I have two simple principles: 1. It is YOUR wedding and will be done YOUR way. 2. Although I know that the wedding planning process is exciting, I know that it is also stressful. Therefore, I use my experience of over 800 weddings to take away the stress and let you sit back and enjoy your ceremony while I do all the work! I also don’t make you stress about the cost as I am the most cost justifiable in Chicagoland. Give me a shout and let’s see how we can make your wedding great together!

Pastor B
pastorb@ministerforrent.com
815-519-3256
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Brandyn was great to work with. We met with him a few times before our wedding, and we were very comfortable talking to him. There were a few instances where we had a hard time getting ahold of him via email, but he did end up responding and answering any questions we had. We were looking for a short, simple, personal ceremony, and Brandyn delivered exactly that. We were very happy with our decision to have Brandyn officiate our wedding, and we would absolutely recommend him to others.
Brandyn was great to work with. We met with him a few times before our wedding, and we were very comfortable talking to Read more...
Brandyn was great to work with. We met with him a few times before our wedding, and we were very comfortable talking to him. There were a few instances where we had a hard time getting ahold of him via email, but he did end up responding and answering any questions we had. We were looking for a short, simple, personal ceremony, and Brandyn delivered exactly that. We were very happy with our decision to have Brandyn officiate our wedding, and we would absolutely recommend him to others. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Such a pleasure to work with! From filling i for last minute changes (when my coordinator was a no show at the rehearsal), to wrangling in ethnic traditions, Brandyn was absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend working with him.
Such a pleasure to work with! From filling i for last minute changes (when my coordinator was a no show at the rehearsal), Read more...
Such a pleasure to work with! From filling i for last minute changes (when my coordinator was a no show at the rehearsal), to wrangling in ethnic traditions, Brandyn was absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend working with him. Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Brandyn was so easy to work with and communicated quickly and effectively through email. He was flexible with meeting time and answered all of our questions. He was so easy to talk to and all of our guests commented on what a beautiful ceremony he delivered! He is definitely worth looking into!
Brandyn was so easy to work with and communicated quickly and effectively through email. He was flexible with meeting time Read more...
Brandyn was so easy to work with and communicated quickly and effectively through email. He was flexible with meeting time and answered all of our questions. He was so easy to talk to and all of our guests commented on what a beautiful ceremony he delivered! He is definitely worth looking into! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
There is not quite enough I can say about Pastor B... He was INCREDIBLE! Very on-the-ball and guided us every step of the way. He TOTALLY "got" my now husband and I, was very professional, but fun and not like the typical stuffy or cheesy officiant. I recommend him so highly. Very prompt at returning phone calls and accomodating every step of the way. Our wedding day was PERFECT and he had a HUGE hand in making it so. We adore him and I wouldn't dream of having anyone else officiate =)
There is not quite enough I can say about Pastor B... He was INCREDIBLE! Very on-the-ball and guided us every step of the Read more...
There is not quite enough I can say about Pastor B... He was INCREDIBLE! Very on-the-ball and guided us every step of the way. He TOTALLY "got" my now husband and I, was very professional, but fun and not like the typical stuffy or cheesy officiant. I recommend him so highly. Very prompt at returning phone calls and accomodating every step of the way. Our wedding day was PERFECT and he had a HUGE hand in making it so. We adore him and I wouldn't dream of having anyone else officiate =) Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
10/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Pastor B was great! He met up with us a head of time to walk through the ceremony and also get our story to make our wedding personal. His cost was very reasonable compared to other officiants and all of his proceeds go to a charity. People commented that he was great and entertaining. He made the ceremony the perfect mix of seriousness and comedy. He understood that we were casual people and didn't want it to be stuffy. He was great! We even called him at 9pm on a Sunday to ask him about the wedding license and he was more than happy to take the call. He was wonderful!
Pastor B was great! He met up with us a head of time to walk through the ceremony and also get our story to make our Read more...
Pastor B was great! He met up with us a head of time to walk through the ceremony and also get our story to make our wedding personal. His cost was very reasonable compared to other officiants and all of his proceeds go to a charity. People commented that he was great and entertaining. He made the ceremony the perfect mix of seriousness and comedy. He understood that we were casual people and didn't want it to be stuffy. He was great! We even called him at 9pm on a Sunday to ask him about the wedding license and he was more than happy to take the call. He was wonderful! Read less
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meganandmike2010
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
Pastor B was the first and only officiant we met with. He is just such a great person, very likable, and we knew instantly he was the perfect person for us. He uses most if not all of the fees he collects towards his charities, which just speak volumes to his character. He took the time initially to get to know us and find out as much as he could about us. He did an excellent job at our ceremony, adding in little tidbits and whatnot and making the ceremony very personable (we had a rehearsal the night before that went very smoothly too). Some other couples might appreciate this, but he didn’t give the vibe like he was reading a script, like many of the other officiants we watched videos of online. All of our guests thought we’d known him for years based on our interactions with him. We'd definitely recommend him for your special day!
Pastor B was the first and only officiant we met with. He is just such a great person, very likable, and we knew instantly Read more...
Pastor B was the first and only officiant we met with. He is just such a great person, very likable, and we knew instantly he was the perfect person for us. He uses most if not all of the fees he collects towards his charities, which just speak volumes to his character. He took the time initially to get to know us and find out as much as he could about us. He did an excellent job at our ceremony, adding in little tidbits and whatnot and making the ceremony very personable (we had a rehearsal the night before that went very smoothly too). Some other couples might appreciate this, but he didn’t give the vibe like he was reading a script, like many of the other officiants we watched videos of online. All of our guests thought we’d known him for years based on our interactions with him. We'd definitely recommend him for your special day! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
6/18/2010
4.5/5.0
Pastor B delivered on everything he said he would for us. He was very responsive and on time the day of the event. We even had to start a little late due to weather issues, and moved the ceremony inside. He made the ceremony fun and put us both at ease. From my experience with him, I would definitely recommend him.
Pastor B delivered on everything he said he would for us. He was very responsive and on time the day of the event. We even Read more...
Pastor B delivered on everything he said he would for us. He was very responsive and on time the day of the event. We even had to start a little late due to weather issues, and moved the ceremony inside. He made the ceremony fun and put us both at ease. From my experience with him, I would definitely recommend him. Read less
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DAndy127
Wedding:
5/30/2010
3.7/5.0
Had Pastor B actually performed our ceremony, I'm sure it would have been absolutely fantastic. He also performed a mini-counseling session for us a few months before the wedding, which was really, really nice.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, Brandyn had to call in a replacement just three days before our wedding. I found out in response to an email I sent the day before the rehearsal. While these things happen, it was more than just a little disappointing to learn that the substitute would not be able to make it to the rehearsal dinner. I was promised he would be given all of Brandyn's notes about us, and to expect a call from him. We chatted briefly later that evening, and I felt pretty much 100% reassured.

However, it seemed pretty obvious that little was done to fill Pastor Al in:

- My first name and our last name was either incorrect or pronounced incorrectly; this distracted us (and our guests) right from the beginning;
- The ceremony was religious to a near God-fearing level; definitely did not follow our wishes;
- I had mentioned that I was going to have a reading performed in Polish and English, and the Pastor could only comment on how cool "that language was" after it had been done - clearly he had not been informed of certain details and it was so painfully obvious how little he knew about us.

The ceremony was definitely still very beautiful and joyous, but I just wish the transition could have been orchestrated a bit more professionally so that I didn't have to respond to "Darina" instead of Daria the rest of the night. Fortunately, everyone was able to laugh these things off.
Had Pastor B actually performed our ceremony, I'm sure it would have been absolutely fantastic. He also performed a Read more...
Had Pastor B actually performed our ceremony, I'm sure it would have been absolutely fantastic. He also performed a mini-counseling session for us a few months before the wedding, which was really, really nice.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, Brandyn had to call in a replacement just three days before our wedding. I found out in response to an email I sent the day before the rehearsal. While these things happen, it was more than just a little disappointing to learn that the substitute would not be able to make it to the rehearsal dinner. I was promised he would be given all of Brandyn's notes about us, and to expect a call from him. We chatted briefly later that evening, and I felt pretty much 100% reassured.

However, it seemed pretty obvious that little was done to fill Pastor Al in:

- My first name and our last name was either incorrect or pronounced incorrectly; this distracted us (and our guests) right from the beginning;
- The ceremony was religious to a near God-fearing level; definitely did not follow our wishes;
- I had mentioned that I was going to have a reading performed in Polish and English, and the Pastor could only comment on how cool "that language was" after it had been done - clearly he had not been informed of certain details and it was so painfully obvious how little he knew about us.

The ceremony was definitely still very beautiful and joyous, but I just wish the transition could have been orchestrated a bit more professionally so that I didn't have to respond to "Darina" instead of Daria the rest of the night. Fortunately, everyone was able to laugh these things off. Read less
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mapales2
Wedding:
5/29/2010
2.7/5.0
I really can't express how very disappointed I was with Pastor B. When we first met with him, my husband and I were very excited that he would be officiating our ceremony. He was very professional and he was willing to work with us to create a ceremony that was perfect for us. At first, we did not pay him the extra $150 to be at the rehearsal, but we eventually decided we would be more comfortable if he was there, so we paid him the fee. The night of the rehearsal, my husband and I were running a little late due to construction on the highways. Pastor B arrived on time, and many of our bridal party was already there. Pastor B began the rehearsal without us! The best man suggested that everyone wait for the bride and groom, and Pastor B insisted they start. My husband and I arrived 15 minutes late and when we arrived, Pastor B informed us that everyone knew what they were doing and we didn't need to rehearse anything. We asked what he had done and he said he just paired the bridal party up and had them walk down together. When we told him we wanted it done differently, he got frustrated. He had everyone go through it once, very fast, and then he told us he had to leave to be somewhere. He was only there for about $5 minutes after we arrived! Definitely not worth the $150 fee! As if that wasn't bad enough, on the wedding day, 20 minutes before the ceremony, Pastor B approached my husband and said he didn't have our vows!!! He had told us the day before he did and we didn't have to worry. My husband was obviously upset and instead of apologizing, Pastor B kept trying to make jokes about the fact that he didn't have them. Fortunately, someone in the bridal party was able to get them by going into my email and finding them. Overall we were extremely disappointed. We paid him $600 for a 5 minute rehearsal and to lose our wedding vows. I would not recommend him to anyone. He charged a lot of money and he certainly didn't earn it!
I really can't express how very disappointed I was with Pastor B. When we first met with him, my husband and I were very Read more...
I really can't express how very disappointed I was with Pastor B. When we first met with him, my husband and I were very excited that he would be officiating our ceremony. He was very professional and he was willing to work with us to create a ceremony that was perfect for us. At first, we did not pay him the extra $150 to be at the rehearsal, but we eventually decided we would be more comfortable if he was there, so we paid him the fee. The night of the rehearsal, my husband and I were running a little late due to construction on the highways. Pastor B arrived on time, and many of our bridal party was already there. Pastor B began the rehearsal without us! The best man suggested that everyone wait for the bride and groom, and Pastor B insisted they start. My husband and I arrived 15 minutes late and when we arrived, Pastor B informed us that everyone knew what they were doing and we didn't need to rehearse anything. We asked what he had done and he said he just paired the bridal party up and had them walk down together. When we told him we wanted it done differently, he got frustrated. He had everyone go through it once, very fast, and then he told us he had to leave to be somewhere. He was only there for about $5 minutes after we arrived! Definitely not worth the $150 fee! As if that wasn't bad enough, on the wedding day, 20 minutes before the ceremony, Pastor B approached my husband and said he didn't have our vows!!! He had told us the day before he did and we didn't have to worry. My husband was obviously upset and instead of apologizing, Pastor B kept trying to make jokes about the fact that he didn't have them. Fortunately, someone in the bridal party was able to get them by going into my email and finding them. Overall we were extremely disappointed. We paid him $600 for a 5 minute rehearsal and to lose our wedding vows. I would not recommend him to anyone. He charged a lot of money and he certainly didn't earn it! Read less
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Suzz
Wedding:
5/15/2010
5.0/5.0
Pastor B was great!!! Very easy to arrange with and he took specifics about us (like use humor wherever you can) and utilized it beautifully!!! Again, we had to be very budget-conscious, so he was very affordable and we went with Pastor B because his fee goes back into the community--double bonus!!!! We live in California and so are not affiliated with a church in Illinois--but regardless of that--Pastor B did a GREAT job and we are very blessed that he was miraculously brought into our event planning!!!
He's HIGHLY recommended!!!!
Pastor B was great!!! Very easy to arrange with and he took specifics about us (like use humor wherever you can) and Read more...
Pastor B was great!!! Very easy to arrange with and he took specifics about us (like use humor wherever you can) and utilized it beautifully!!! Again, we had to be very budget-conscious, so he was very affordable and we went with Pastor B because his fee goes back into the community--double bonus!!!! We live in California and so are not affiliated with a church in Illinois--but regardless of that--Pastor B did a GREAT job and we are very blessed that he was miraculously brought into our event planning!!!
He's HIGHLY recommended!!!! Read less
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