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Rev. Dr. Thomas B. Strong II

Riverside , CA
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LOCATION

Riverside, CA US 92503 (map)

PHONE

951-415-6511

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ABOUT US

Ordained 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... Read more
Ordained 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. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Christian (no denomination)
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No

REVIEWS

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Blanca
Wedding:
6/13/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were both very happy with Reverand Strong's services. He was very helpful with putting together our wedding ceremony. Thank You!
Services Used: Officiant
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andee
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
The quality of service was excellent. I felt really comfortable in voicing my opinions and ideas that I had envisioned on our special day. He listened and assured us that everything will be ok. We were very pleased and our guests gave compliments as well. Thank you for such a wonderful ceremony!!!
Services Used: Unique Services
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jenny
Wedding:
10/14/2009
5.0/5.0
Our wedding day is meant to be the most special day of our lives. Rev. Strong proved that with the sincerity and meaningfulness of the words he spoke. He was very polite throughout the whole wedding process by making sure things worked out just the way we wanted. I strongly suggest Minister Rev. Thomas Strong. My special day would have not been the same without him. Thanks for giving us memories to last a lifetime!

Wth warm wishes, Johnny & Jenny Gonzalez
Services Used: Officiant
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Deborah
Wedding:
9/6/2008
5.0/5.0
It was a pleasure to have Rev. Strong there, I hope he enjoyed it as much as we did.
Services Used: Officiant
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amymd08
Wedding:
8/8/2008
4.6/5.0
Reverend Strong was awesome! I booked my clergy person about 6-9 out from my engagement date. There was no one available to book because the date 8-8-08 was so popular. He was available though and he really helped me write a beautiful ceremony. He was also there for counseling at any time and was very encouraging during the stressful process of planning a wedding, not just the ceremony.

I have no idea how many ceremonies he has performed in his past, but he did seem somewhat nervous. If he was a little bit more confident that would be even better. I do have one more recommendation...his son was there with him, to take pictures for Rev. Strong. That was completely fine with me and he asked my permission first. However, his son was taking pictures of the sand ceremony quite close to the sand ceremony and he ended up in some of my wedding pictures. So, I just ask that maybe he be more discreet about it.

Otherwise, he was awesome!
Services Used: Officiant
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stepann81
Wedding:
5/4/2008
5.0/5.0
We would recommend Thomas to perform anyones wedding. He gave use such a beautiful wedding ceremony, he was so helpful to us when we needed someone the most. He is non-denomitianal, he worked with our needs and desires. We were able to pick our own vows, I was able to put my mom in the wedding even though she is no longer here. Thomas gave tribute to my mom by having me light a candle in her honor. Thomas is a wonderful minister, and a wonderful person. If anyone is looking for a great minister go with this kind man.

You will not go wrong by choosing him for your wedding.

Mark and Stephanie Married 5-04-2008
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Invitations, Officiant, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue, Unique Services

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