About Rev. Dr. Thomas B. Strong IIOrdained Non-Denominational/Interfaith Minister, D.D. (Doctor of Divinity), Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy in Religion)
I have much life experience that I can draw from. I have been officiating weddings for almost two years now. I always try to give my couples a personal, romantic, and touching service that gives the guests a little insight into the nature of their relationship and express their feelings in a way that the couples may not be able to fully express by themselves. If I get any complaints, it is usually that I didn't charge them enough for the services that I provided. I go the extra mile and provide some additional services that many other officiants usually don't. I have my own portable public address system that I can provide for a nominal fee. I have been known to layout and print the programs for the ceremony as well. And I also have a knack for tapping into my vast array of resources to put together a unique customized ceremony that far exceeds the couple's expectations, while addressing the delicate balance that doesn't offend any of guests (regardless of their particular faith or beliefs.) My ceremonies can focus on either religion and faith or on romance and love or some combination of the two.
I have always been spiritual and held a personally strong connection with my beliefs. Sometimes that manifested itself within the confines of organized religion, and at other times it was strictly personal. I grew up Roman Catholic and sang in the choir, served as an altar server, joined the military as a Chaplain's Assistant. A rift formed from Catholicism in my teens. I had a grandfather that was a Baptist Minister. I didn't even know he existed or meet him until my early teens.
I have always been non-violent and pacifist by nature, and kind to pets and humans alike. I am blessed with a clear mind in crisis situations, and helped out people in need when I could. From following my heart and stopping to help a stranded motorist with my AAA card, to one time following an impaired driver across state lines while reporting them to the authorities. When he hit a series of parked cars and finally came to a stop I grabbed his keys until the police arrived. It turned out that he wasn't drunk, but was a priest that had just received word of his brother's death and was in shock. I kept him from getting a hit-and-run.
I have had many different jobs in my life. Usually I stayed the longest at the ones where I was helping people in need (tow-truck driver, taxi driver, security guard, caretaker/orderly for quadriplegic businessman, et cetera.)
I have always felt a connection with people, especially seniors. They have special needs and one time, while working as a tow truck driver and elderly gentleman called for what seemed like a ridiculous reason, he couldn't get the car out of park (he wasn't putting his foot on the brake pedal to release the interlock.) After talking with him for a few minutes, I realized that the real reason that I was called there was because he had lost his wife in a car jacking while he ran into a convenience store. She was shot and died. He was basically lonely and needed someone to talk to. That was the real reason for the call. I talked with him for about an hour (I was only working on commission anyway.) He was much happier when I left. That felt good. It is nice to feel like I made a difference.
I have quit jobs when they asked me to do something that I felt was immoral or wrong (when a sales job required dishonest business practices.)
I started going to college in 2005 and everything seemed to click and fall into place. I felt a calling and focused full-time on my education.
I have helped a friend through some difficult times when his father died. I also saved his mother's life three times in one year.
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