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Rev. Jay Bowman

Kitty Hawk , NC
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Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 US (map)

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252-216-6676

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ABOUT US

My title is ‘Reverend’
but I would much rather you just call me “Jay”.

I am a seminary ordained minister who semi-retired seven years ago after 24 years of a full time... Read more
My title is ‘Reverend’
but I would much rather you just call me “Jay”.

I am a seminary ordained minister who semi-retired seven years ago after 24 years of a full time career in the local church.

Now I have the great honor of serving as a full time wedding officiant for couples and families in one of the most important and happy windows of their lives; their wedding day here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s who I am; It’s what I do; and I love it!

I have lived in some beautiful places (Florida, Colorado), but doing life here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is going to be hard to beat. I feel soooooo blessed to be living the dream here on this big sandbar. It’s just flat out awesome.

Feel free to call 252-216-6676 or email me jay@yourOBXwedding.com with any questions and thoughts you may have about your special day.


My Professional Background

My professional background includes undergrad studies at Asbury College in Kentucky, and then seminary work at NorthPark Theological Seminary in Chicago: my ordination credentials are through a small, but solid denomination with Swedish Lutheran roots.

The weddings I perform are all non-denominational, and I’m very sensitive to the needs of each couple as to how spiritual or non-spiritual they want their ceremony to be. It’s always an honor, and I hope to be serving you.

Personal Interests: Marathons, Spartan Races, Outer Banks Bootcamps, The Beach, Denver Broncos, Hanging with family and friends, Adventures, Chainsaw Art. Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jay Bowman didn't know us very well, and I wondered if a stranger could connect with our kids, family and friends. We found out pretty quickly. In Jay's hands, our daughter's wedding was one of the most beautiful, joyous, touching, funny (but still reverent) services we, and many of our guests had ever attended. If you want stuffy, Jay Bowman isn't your type of pastor, but if you want someone who is genuine and gifted, he's your rev. We're so glad it was recorded and that we can enjoy the ceremony again with those who couldn't attend.
Rev. Jay Bowman didn't know us very well, and I wondered if a stranger could connect with our kids, family and friends. We Read more...
Rev. Jay Bowman didn't know us very well, and I wondered if a stranger could connect with our kids, family and friends. We found out pretty quickly. In Jay's hands, our daughter's wedding was one of the most beautiful, joyous, touching, funny (but still reverent) services we, and many of our guests had ever attended. If you want stuffy, Jay Bowman isn't your type of pastor, but if you want someone who is genuine and gifted, he's your rev. We're so glad it was recorded and that we can enjoy the ceremony again with those who couldn't attend. Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Great review. I love hearing from parents who feel their kids have been taking care of like you described. Wonderful! All my best. Jay
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Holly
Wedding:
10/14/2016
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jay performed my husband and I's ceremony on October 12th at the Sanderling Resort. While planning our big day, we communicated through email mostly, he was always quick to respond to whatever types of questions we had, and met with Jay once, he was so laid back yet professional and made us feel so at ease while planning from PA. He was super easy to talk to, and always flexible with Brian and I. Wedding day, Jay was all smiles, and gave us the best ceremony we could have ever hoped for! Our family and friends are still talking about how beautiful of a job he did.. he was so touching yet incorporated just enough humor to keep everything so lighthearted and fun. I would definitely recommend Rev. Jay for an officiant on the OBX. He's such a sweetheart and someone who is so easy to trust, and will not disappoint for such an important part of your wedding day!
Rev. Jay performed my husband and I's ceremony on October 12th at the Sanderling Resort. While planning our big day, we Read more...
Rev. Jay performed my husband and I's ceremony on October 12th at the Sanderling Resort. While planning our big day, we communicated through email mostly, he was always quick to respond to whatever types of questions we had, and met with Jay once, he was so laid back yet professional and made us feel so at ease while planning from PA. He was super easy to talk to, and always flexible with Brian and I. Wedding day, Jay was all smiles, and gave us the best ceremony we could have ever hoped for! Our family and friends are still talking about how beautiful of a job he did.. he was so touching yet incorporated just enough humor to keep everything so lighthearted and fun. I would definitely recommend Rev. Jay for an officiant on the OBX. He's such a sweetheart and someone who is so easy to trust, and will not disappoint for such an important part of your wedding day! Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Holly. Loved being with you and Brian. Go out there and make a difference together! All my best, Jay
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Melissa
Wedding:
10/14/2016
5.0/5.0
Reverend Jay deserves an A++ rating. He did an amazing job officiating our wedding, personalizing the whole experience for us. Our guests felt as though he had known as for a very long time. Reverend Jay wasn't just there for us on our special day. In fact, when we decided to get married in the Outer Banks, he was the first person I called. He was so helpful in providing me guidance from the start (for someone who has never been to the Outer Banks, I would have been lost without him). He made me feel so comfortable over the phone about the whole planning process and gave me some helpful suggestions. Reverend Jay also agreed to go out of his way to meet us months prior to the wedding. He told us what we would need prior to the wedding and what to expect from him on our wedding day. After we locked him in for our wedding day, I remember booking with our wedding planner and her saying, "Oh good, you got him. He is great!" Reverend Jay was super professional as well as friendly. We truly feel blessed that we had him as our officiator as he has superseded all of our expectations. From the moment we reserved him, we knew we had made the right choice. As an added bonus, our guests kept coming up to us raving about how much they loved our officiant. Thank you so much Reverend Jay. We will never forget you and wish you many more happy years practicing your passion!
Reverend Jay deserves an A++ rating. He did an amazing job officiating our wedding, personalizing the whole experience for Read more...
Reverend Jay deserves an A++ rating. He did an amazing job officiating our wedding, personalizing the whole experience for us. Our guests felt as though he had known as for a very long time. Reverend Jay wasn't just there for us on our special day. In fact, when we decided to get married in the Outer Banks, he was the first person I called. He was so helpful in providing me guidance from the start (for someone who has never been to the Outer Banks, I would have been lost without him). He made me feel so comfortable over the phone about the whole planning process and gave me some helpful suggestions. Reverend Jay also agreed to go out of his way to meet us months prior to the wedding. He told us what we would need prior to the wedding and what to expect from him on our wedding day. After we locked him in for our wedding day, I remember booking with our wedding planner and her saying, "Oh good, you got him. He is great!" Reverend Jay was super professional as well as friendly. We truly feel blessed that we had him as our officiator as he has superseded all of our expectations. From the moment we reserved him, we knew we had made the right choice. As an added bonus, our guests kept coming up to us raving about how much they loved our officiant. Thank you so much Reverend Jay. We will never forget you and wish you many more happy years practicing your passion! Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Wow, really nice review, Melissa. Thank you so much, and so glad you felt cared for during the whole process and not just the one day. Loved your ending..."practicing your passion". Bullseye! You two take good care of each other and maybe I'll see you again someday around the beaches of Corolla. Your friend, Jay.
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Arazelle
Wedding:
10/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Our original officiant wasn't able to make it to our wedding in NC during Hurricane Matthew. On the day of our wedding, we asked Rev. Jay if he could officiate our marriage. He was available that day and agreed to do so. Although I had not yet met him in person, I knew from talking to him over the phone that we were in good hands. He was eager and excited to help us and to learn more about us. He made us feel comfortable and assured us that there would be no surprises. We did not rehearse, but our ceremony was beautiful and smooth. He had a lot of positive energy and made sure we were happy with the ceremony. We're so grateful to have had him marry us and would recommend him to any couple.
Our original officiant wasn't able to make it to our wedding in NC during Hurricane Matthew. On the day of our wedding, we Read more...
Our original officiant wasn't able to make it to our wedding in NC during Hurricane Matthew. On the day of our wedding, we asked Rev. Jay if he could officiate our marriage. He was available that day and agreed to do so. Although I had not yet met him in person, I knew from talking to him over the phone that we were in good hands. He was eager and excited to help us and to learn more about us. He made us feel comfortable and assured us that there would be no surprises. We did not rehearse, but our ceremony was beautiful and smooth. He had a lot of positive energy and made sure we were happy with the ceremony. We're so grateful to have had him marry us and would recommend him to any couple. Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Arazelle! It all came about quickly, but will be a moment that will stand for all time for you. So glad it all worked out, and honored to have been the one to stand with you on your wedding day! Great story. Great couple. xo Jay.
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heather
Wedding:
10/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Wow!! Jay made our wedding day outstanding...from us having to change our wedding day and location on the ceremony because of hurricane Matthew to the actual ceremony! He helped calm me with all of the changes that were thrown our way! He also helped find us a new photographer when ours cancelled the night before!! Thank you so much Jay!! We are so happy we chose you to do our ceremony!!
Wow!! Jay made our wedding day outstanding...from us having to change our wedding day and location on the ceremony because Read more...
Wow!! Jay made our wedding day outstanding...from us having to change our wedding day and location on the ceremony because of hurricane Matthew to the actual ceremony! He helped calm me with all of the changes that were thrown our way! He also helped find us a new photographer when ours cancelled the night before!! Thank you so much Jay!! We are so happy we chose you to do our ceremony!! Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Heather, it was truly my honor to stand there with you and Trey on that special day. You were gorgeous! I loved how the two of you just embraced the moment. Please send a few pics when you get them from Rich (Coleman Shots). Wishing you all the very best in life! Your friend, Jay.
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Crystal
Wedding:
10/7/2016
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jay was absolutely amazing. We couldn't have asked for a better person to stand with us and marry us on our big day. My husband told me the next morning that Jay brought him a sense of calm while he was waiting for me to come down the aisle. I of course was a basket of butterflies and shaking until I finally made it down the aisle where I then felt a sense of calm and happiness. Our guests were all amazed by how awesome he was and we have had many people tell us they never cried more at a wedding (happy tears) then they did at ours. We had serious and funny moments throughout our ceremony and jay made us feel like we had known him our whole lives from the very moment we met him. I would recommend him highly to anyone. We plan to use him again one day when we decide to renew our vows. Thanks so much for a truly fantastic ceremony!

Crystal and Bobby Jones
Rev. Jay was absolutely amazing. We couldn't have asked for a better person to stand with us and marry us on our big day. Read more...
Rev. Jay was absolutely amazing. We couldn't have asked for a better person to stand with us and marry us on our big day. My husband told me the next morning that Jay brought him a sense of calm while he was waiting for me to come down the aisle. I of course was a basket of butterflies and shaking until I finally made it down the aisle where I then felt a sense of calm and happiness. Our guests were all amazed by how awesome he was and we have had many people tell us they never cried more at a wedding (happy tears) then they did at ours. We had serious and funny moments throughout our ceremony and jay made us feel like we had known him our whole lives from the very moment we met him. I would recommend him highly to anyone. We plan to use him again one day when we decide to renew our vows. Thanks so much for a truly fantastic ceremony!

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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Awwwwwe....thank you so much Crystal. You and Bobby were so fun to be with, and I loved your wedding day. Got your toes in the sand just like you wanted. All my best to both of you!!! Your friend, Jay
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Tamika
Wedding:
10/2/2016
5.0/5.0
There isn't much more I can say that hasn't been said about Reverend Jay. Kindhearted. Sincere. Warm. Professional. Dedicated. Sweet. Fun.

Rev. Jay listened intently to our story and our wishes for the ceremony. He delivered above and way beyond.

We can't wait to catch up with him on our next visit to OBX!
There isn't much more I can say that hasn't been said about Reverend Jay. Kindhearted. Sincere. Warm. Professional. Read more...
There isn't much more I can say that hasn't been said about Reverend Jay. Kindhearted. Sincere. Warm. Professional. Dedicated. Sweet. Fun.

Rev. Jay listened intently to our story and our wishes for the ceremony. He delivered above and way beyond.

We can't wait to catch up with him on our next visit to OBX! Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Thank you Tamika and Ryan. It was truly an honor! And you're right, my parents taught me long ago to deliver more than what people expect. They were right, and it's the right thing to do. It's easy to tell that you do the same for those around you. So glad to have met you. Your friend, Jay
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Ashley
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I decided to take a beach trip and elope while there. We decided on this about two weeks before the actual date, and Jay was able to accommodate us on short notice. He was very responsive with communications and getting us locked in and gathering information for our ceremony. On the day of the event, we met about 15 minutes prior to our start time. He took time to talk to us, let us enjoy the moment, and then started the ceremony. He is a very personable person, and made us feel very comfortable. We enjoyed his ceremony. It was just the right length of time. He was also very helpful for us in general, as we were alone, and didn't have any witnesses or anyone to take a few pictures. He rounded up a couple witnesses and took some pictures for us to commemorate the day. We were very pleased with the experience. Thanks so much Jay!
My husband and I decided to take a beach trip and elope while there. We decided on this about two weeks before the actual Read more...
My husband and I decided to take a beach trip and elope while there. We decided on this about two weeks before the actual date, and Jay was able to accommodate us on short notice. He was very responsive with communications and getting us locked in and gathering information for our ceremony. On the day of the event, we met about 15 minutes prior to our start time. He took time to talk to us, let us enjoy the moment, and then started the ceremony. He is a very personable person, and made us feel very comfortable. We enjoyed his ceremony. It was just the right length of time. He was also very helpful for us in general, as we were alone, and didn't have any witnesses or anyone to take a few pictures. He rounded up a couple witnesses and took some pictures for us to commemorate the day. We were very pleased with the experience. Thanks so much Jay! Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Thank you Ashley! That was so cool that the random witnesses we met were folks that live just down the road from you in another state! Loved sharing in your intimate moment. Cherish it. All the best to you both in the journey ahead. Jay
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Christy
Wedding:
9/30/2016
5.0/5.0
I am so glad that I picked Jay for this important day in my life!!! He made us all feel so comfortable and relaxed. He was professional and so kind! If any of my friends or family are thinking of getting married at the OBX, Jay is going to be highly recommended by my husband and I!!!! Couldn't have asked for or found anyone better! Thank you again so much, Jay.
I am so glad that I picked Jay for this important day in my life!!! He made us all feel so comfortable and relaxed. He was Read more...
I am so glad that I picked Jay for this important day in my life!!! He made us all feel so comfortable and relaxed. He was professional and so kind! If any of my friends or family are thinking of getting married at the OBX, Jay is going to be highly recommended by my husband and I!!!! Couldn't have asked for or found anyone better! Thank you again so much, Jay. Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Thank you Christy and Chris!!!! It was such a pleasure to stand with you in that little gazebo next to the ocean! What an awesome heart moment it was. May the journey be even better than your dreams. All my best, Jay.
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Shelley
Wedding:
9/26/2016
5.0/5.0
Scott and I can not thank Jay enough for the amazing job he did of marrying us:) The day was just so perfect and his words were so thoughtful and sweet. Our friends and family came up to us multiple times to let us know how much they loved the ceremony. Thanks again Jay for helping us start the next chapter of our lives together at husband and wife.
Scott and I can not thank Jay enough for the amazing job he did of marrying us:) The day was just so perfect and his words Read more...
Scott and I can not thank Jay enough for the amazing job he did of marrying us:) The day was just so perfect and his words were so thoughtful and sweet. Our friends and family came up to us multiple times to let us know how much they loved the ceremony. Thanks again Jay for helping us start the next chapter of our lives together at husband and wife. Read less
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Rev. Jay Bowman responded with the following comments:

Thank you Shelley and Scott!!!! It was an awesome day in Duck and I am very thankful you chose to trust me with a moment like that. All my best, Jay.

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