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Rev. Dr. James R. Berger

Estero , FL
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LOCATION

20613 Charing Cross Circle
Estero, FL 33928 US (map)

PHONE

239-571-1769
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ABOUT US

Rev. Dr. James Berger is the pastor of Hope United Church (PCUSA) in Fort Myers, FL. Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Dr. Berger was ordained in 1975 as a pastor of the... Read more
Rev. Dr. James Berger is the pastor of Hope United Church (PCUSA) in Fort Myers, FL. Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Dr. Berger was ordained in 1975 as a pastor of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He has served churches in Beverly Hills, CA; Petersburg, Alaska; Nassau, The Bahamas; and in Fort Myers, FL.

Dr. Berger is an accomplished guitarist and singer, and has used his talents in wedding services. His adventurous spirit has led to a diverse experience in his ministry of weddings. He has married couples on glaciers and beaches in Alaska, on beaches in the Bahamas, and Florida, and he conducted the first legal underwater wedding in the Bahamas. He has conducted weddings at The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel-Air Country Club, with Atlantis Resorts and the Ocean Club, Superclubs Breezes, Sandals, the Sheraton Paradise Island, the Marriott and the Wyndam Cable Beach hotels, to name just a few. Locally he has officiated at ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency, Pink Shell Resort, The Brooks Community Center, Lovers Key, The Vines, Marco Island, Sanibel Island and Vanderbilt Beach. He works cooperatively with the wedding coordinator and other support staff (ie photographer, videographer, etc). He personalizes each service, providing the couple with the actual order of service used at the wedding as their keepsake after the ceremony. Dr. Berger approaches each wedding service as a joyous beginning to a life together, and the opening act to a couple’s grand celebration of their union. He can also perform the ceremony in Spanish, French or German, if desired. Dr. Berger is a member of the National Association of Wedding Professionals. Jim and Patricia live in Estero, FL. 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?
Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Jewish, Muslim
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Typically a clergy robe.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes. I work with each couple to create a ceremony unique to them. When they they are married, it is truly their wedding, and their vows to each other.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes and I advise them in the process.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I have a large library of vows, special readings, and orders of service from which to choose.
How long are your ceremonies?
A typical ceremony is 14 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I will work with the couple for several months in advance, counseling with them, getting to know them, and assisting them in writing their ceremony.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
A rehearsal the day before the wedding is available for an additional fee.
Do you supply a sound system?
I can provide a sound system at an additional fee. I sing the couple's favorite song for them after we sign the license as part of my services, at no extra fee.

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Angela
Wedding:
1/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Great officiant!!! He is very professional, has years of experience, and made our wedding day so special!!!!! I would recommend him to anyone!
Great officiant!!! He is very professional, has years of experience, and made our wedding day so special!!!!! I would Read more...
Great officiant!!! He is very professional, has years of experience, and made our wedding day so special!!!!! I would recommend him to anyone! Read less
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Rev. Dr. James R. Berger responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Angela and Abdul! We had a beautiful day, and you two were so calm that everything flowed together flawlessly. Wishing you every happiness! Dr. Jim
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Dr. Berger was an outstanding officiant. He is friendly, warm, caring, and very calming during times that have the potential to be very stressful. He is very organized and allowed us to make any personal changes to the vows and ceremony that we wanted. He is a great advisor and was helpful not only with organizing our ceremony, but also with informing us about how and when to obtain the necessary paperwork and documents. We can’t say enough about what Dr. Berger’s wonderful personality and fantastic officiating. We HIGHLY recommend him!
Dr. Berger was an outstanding officiant. He is friendly, warm, caring, and very calming during times that have the Read more...
Dr. Berger was an outstanding officiant. He is friendly, warm, caring, and very calming during times that have the potential to be very stressful. He is very organized and allowed us to make any personal changes to the vows and ceremony that we wanted. He is a great advisor and was helpful not only with organizing our ceremony, but also with informing us about how and when to obtain the necessary paperwork and documents. We can’t say enough about what Dr. Berger’s wonderful personality and fantastic officiating. We HIGHLY recommend him! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
We had Dr. Berger as our Officiant for our wedding in South Seas and could not have been more pleased with him. We met with him several months in advance and were in contact with him throughout the whole process and he was wonderful. Dr. Berger put us at ease from the get go and was even more calm during the ceremony. He was very thoughtful and helped us devise exactly the type of ceremony we wanted. Throughout the ceremony he was even more calm and caring and made our day so special.
We had Dr. Berger as our Officiant for our wedding in South Seas and could not have been more pleased with him. We met Read more...
We had Dr. Berger as our Officiant for our wedding in South Seas and could not have been more pleased with him. We met with him several months in advance and were in contact with him throughout the whole process and he was wonderful. Dr. Berger put us at ease from the get go and was even more calm during the ceremony. He was very thoughtful and helped us devise exactly the type of ceremony we wanted. Throughout the ceremony he was even more calm and caring and made our day so special. Read less
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Rev. Dr. James R. Berger responded with the following comments:

Thank you so mu ch! It was truly a wonderful day. I wish you every blessing!
Dr. JIm
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
he did an awesome job... I would recommend him to do everybody's wedding ..he was very professional and fun. .
he did an awesome job... I would recommend him to do everybody's wedding ..he was very professional and fun. .
he did an awesome job... I would recommend him to do everybody's wedding ..he was very professional and fun. . Read less
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Rev. Dr. James R. Berger responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Christylee! It was a pleasure to share your joyous day with you!
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Greg
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Berger provided the best of the best in all aspects. Rev. Berger was highly recommended to us by friends that also used him to marry them. Of course we did not realize what a great help was. In our first meeting he put us at ease and really asked all the right questions. He provided a checklist for us to follow both on the legal and spiritual aspects. He then followed up with a proposed service that really helped us in what the service could look like, and he reassured us that any changes we wanted he was flexible and acceptable to those changes. He arrived well in advance of the start time and ran those the service with me and made sure there were no last minute changes. The service itself was both professional and spiritual, both in English and Spanish.
Finally, we both would recommend Rev. Berger to friends and families.
Rev. Berger provided the best of the best in all aspects. Rev. Berger was highly recommended to us by friends that also Read more...
Rev. Berger provided the best of the best in all aspects. Rev. Berger was highly recommended to us by friends that also used him to marry them. Of course we did not realize what a great help was. In our first meeting he put us at ease and really asked all the right questions. He provided a checklist for us to follow both on the legal and spiritual aspects. He then followed up with a proposed service that really helped us in what the service could look like, and he reassured us that any changes we wanted he was flexible and acceptable to those changes. He arrived well in advance of the start time and ran those the service with me and made sure there were no last minute changes. The service itself was both professional and spiritual, both in English and Spanish.
Finally, we both would recommend Rev. Berger to friends and families. Read less
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Debi
Wedding:
3/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Excellent!!!!!!Rev Berger made our ceremony so relaxed and non stressful....we did a non traditional wedding and he was very flexible with what we wanted and had some great ideas as well...Rev Berger is AWESOME!!!
Excellent!!!!!!Rev Berger made our ceremony so relaxed and non stressful....we did a non traditional wedding and he was Read more...
Excellent!!!!!!Rev Berger made our ceremony so relaxed and non stressful....we did a non traditional wedding and he was very flexible with what we wanted and had some great ideas as well...Rev Berger is AWESOME!!! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
3/2/2014
5.0/5.0
We were so happy that Rev. Berger was the one we chose to marry us. It was such a beautiful ceremony with him playing guitar. He was just very easy going and a joy to work with. Thank you Rev. Berger for helping to make our day special and memorable!!!
-Daryle and Stephanie
We were so happy that Rev. Berger was the one we chose to marry us. It was such a beautiful ceremony with him playing Read more...
We were so happy that Rev. Berger was the one we chose to marry us. It was such a beautiful ceremony with him playing guitar. He was just very easy going and a joy to work with. Thank you Rev. Berger for helping to make our day special and memorable!!!
-Daryle and Stephanie Read less
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Joyce & Chris
Wedding:
10/15/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are not from the Florida area, but wanted to be married there, and we were so fortunate to find Dr. James Berger to not only officiate our wedding, but played songs that really mattered to both of us,
and made our ceremony so memorable.

We were so pleased with him, and would not hesitate to suggest him to another bride or groom who is
planning their special day. I know how hard it was for us to make our decision, and would want to hear from other couples, so wanted to let you know, how good, caring & trustworty Rev. Berger is.
My husband and I are not from the Florida area, but wanted to be married there, and we were so fortunate to find Dr. James Read more...
My husband and I are not from the Florida area, but wanted to be married there, and we were so fortunate to find Dr. James Berger to not only officiate our wedding, but played songs that really mattered to both of us,
and made our ceremony so memorable.

We were so pleased with him, and would not hesitate to suggest him to another bride or groom who is
planning their special day. I know how hard it was for us to make our decision, and would want to hear from other couples, so wanted to let you know, how good, caring & trustworty Rev. Berger is. Read less
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Rev. Dr. James R. Berger responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! Yours was a very special day. God bless you!
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Bridgette
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Berger was an absolute pleasure and delight to work with, and our ceremony was exactly what we wanted!
Rev. Berger was an absolute pleasure and delight to work with, and our ceremony was exactly what we wanted!
Rev. Berger was an absolute pleasure and delight to work with, and our ceremony was exactly what we wanted! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
9/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev James is a true Gem. I was referred to him when I was looking for a pastor, and could not have asked for anyone better. He was so easy to talk to, and wanted to make sure the service was everything we wanted. And it was. So kind and compassionate, and very interesting to talk to. He made our day even more special for us so glad we found him!
Rev James is a true Gem. I was referred to him when I was looking for a pastor, and could not have asked for anyone Read more...
Rev James is a true Gem. I was referred to him when I was looking for a pastor, and could not have asked for anyone better. He was so easy to talk to, and wanted to make sure the service was everything we wanted. And it was. So kind and compassionate, and very interesting to talk to. He made our day even more special for us so glad we found him! Read less
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