Pastor Steve Durkac
My name is Steve Durkac and I am the pastor of CrossHope Chapel, a non-denominational church in West Mobile, Alabama and a long-time Gulf Coast minister for weddings at the beach. As a wedding officiant I have helped thousands of brides and grooms heading to the shores of Mississippi, Alabama, NW Florida to have a simple, meaningful, wedding or vow renewal ceremony by a wedding officiant is also a vocational ordained church minister.
So if you’re looking for a minister for your wedding that is a church pastor to be your wedding officiant for your beach wedding ceremony, simple elopement, or vow renewal at the beaches of Biloxi, Gulf Shores, Pensacola Beach, Dauphin Island, Mobile, Point Clear, Fairhope, Fort Morgan, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Orange Beach, Perdido Key, Navarre Beach, Fort Walton, Destin or at our West Mobile Chapel, I may be able to help.
Trusted by Thousands…
Since 2003, when I was working as a hospital chaplain, it has been my honor to have officiated over 4000 weddings and vow renewals in homes, at city parks, our church, and at the beaches of Mississippi, Alabama, NW Florida.
It’s not uncommon for me to receive a phone call from a bride or family member panicking because their wedding officiant hadn’t showed up. Thanks to online ordination, many photographers and wedding planners have become “ministers” not because of a church calling, but because of a desire to build another stream of income.
I don’t take a salary from my church, CrossHope Chapel in Mobile, Alabama so the officiating fees keep me involved in ministry. I have been in vocational pastoral church ministry for over 30-years and offer a laid-back, yet dignified meaningful wedding or vow renewal ceremony and who acknowledge my church’s Wedding Officiating Policy.
Read some of the many unsolicited Bridal Reviews. If I am unavailable to officiate your wedding, I will happily direct you to other church ordained ministerial friends who may be available, and you can still enjoy the planning helps available here or at my social media.
“Thank you so much for officiating our ceremony… Thanks to you we had a solemn, yet giggly and wonderful time. Your presence and demeanor made everything joyful and calm.” -RebeccaLynn and Larry [more reviews]
Over the many years that I have served as a beach wedding officiant for simple weddings along the Gulf Coast, I have received hundreds of unsolicited testimonials from brides and groom and you can read a large sampling of those at my Bridal Review page.
Evangelical ceremony officiating as a beach wedding minister has become an active ministry for me, realizing that finding an actual clergyman for your wedding ceremony, as a destination bride or Gulf Coast resident, can be difficult.
After being a wedding officiant for over 4000 weddings, both small and large, simple to extravagant, outdoor to indoor, with every possible kind of family dynamics you can imagine, I will be available to answer your planning questions, help with bridal party coordination, or even to take photos with your camera – no additional fees.
“Great all around guy , very pleasant to deal with along with great communicat
Good Morning America…
My unique ministry has been featured on Fox News and Christian Television Network. Some couples still seek me out to officiate their ceremony because of my 5-minutes of fame on ABC Good Morning America television show in 2010 when I officiated a world record attempt vow renewal for Lulu’s in Gulf Shores with close to 500 couples at big Tropical Re-union Vow Renewal Ceremony.
My ceremonies are always non-denominational, but never non-religious because I will always include a brief prayer of blessing upon the couple at the beginning. If you do object to prayer I can give you some tips on finding a non-religious officiant.
You can view a video at my Ceremony Overview page and hear me discuss the flow of my typical wedding ceremony. My aim is to be simple, not long-winded, knowing you probably just want the dignity of an ordained Christian minister to add an authentic touch to the moment, while being meaningful and respectful to your day, with a dash of humor to ease some stress without taking away from the solemn experience!
It was while working as a hospital chaplain that I began to receive requests to be a wedding officiant for couples coming to the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. I had to put up this web site to help curtail the phone calls that were interrupting my patient visits.
“Steve was so wonderful! He was very professional and even made us laugh. He was the perfect choice for our small wedding. Thank you!” -Jessica & Dennis [more reviews]
Ceremony at Chapel…
The traditional marriage license has been replaced in Alabama by an affidavit document system, which means a couple will need to receive paperwork from any Alabama county courthouse, then get a Notary of Public to verify signatures, and finally return that paperwork to the courthouse register themselves as legally married.
A marriage ceremony will no longer be a requirement in order for a marriage to be recognized as legally binding. However, I will be offering a Covenant Marriage Ceremony, registered with CrossHope Chapel church, so a bride and groom can still have an important benchmark and basis of commitment through an exchange of vows in the eyes of God.
“WOW! We were SO fortunate to have found you to officiate our Wedding. We Truly appreciate you… Our wedding was so beautiful to us and you made it so meaningful! Thank you so much!” – Jennie & Danny [more reviews]
My Grandma once told me, “We all learn to love. Love is what brings us together, but fighting, and learning how to fight fair is what keeps us together.” There is a lot of truth to that, but it is a truth that is often not understood until we are far down the road of aging.
Success in marriage has more to do with properly managing the balance of conflict and romance. Both have a lot of variables that differ from couple to couple. So in my ministry to help coach couples through rough patches to satisfying relationships, I use a few educational tools through discussion in person at our Chapel or by phone or by Skype.
Please visit the Marriage Care page and learn about my alternative to formal marriage counseling and a ministry to help couples and individuals prepare for their marriage or regain the relationship they once had in their marriage.
“Thanks Steve, the photos are awesome! The vow renewal meant so much to us. It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much for being so nice and easy going. The honor was all ours to have met such a wonderful person. It is truly a blessing to find people like you that still exist in today’s world. Take Care.” – Laurie & David [more reviews]
I offer, but do not require formal premarital counseling. Instead, I have some Marriage Care resources to help couples work through some things regarding their upcoming marriage. I do not require any specific church or faith affiliation, nor do I care to see skeletons from your closet or explore past relationship issues. I am happy to help you start right again, regardless of how many agains, with an evangelical clergyman who will be here for you in the future.
If you visit our Photography page you’ll be able to learn about some no-cost photography and affordable keepsake photography options if one of my children are available on your wedding date to help with that.
The fee for my services as a beach wedding officiant is for my time, getting in my schedule, and receiving assurance that I will certainly be there to make your wedding ceremony happen – legally and lovingly! The little extra bonus that you get for giving me the honor of officiating is planning assistance and future pastoral care availability.
I use a 2-step email process for booking your wedding or vow renewal officiating into my schedule and calendar that consists of first submitting my Availability Form. If I am available I will ask you to submit my Confirmation Form.
I do not require a deposit, but instead, if you have a change of plans after you book me, all I ask is that you let me know it’s canceled so I can help another bride or spend time with my family, and avoid the travel to your booked location.
I am fine with last-minute plans. It’s fine if you won’t know the exact spot where you want to have your ceremony until you arrive and have a chance to look around. I will come to your location of choice, rather than asking you to come to my spot on the beach, I’ll go to where it is convenient for you – your home, your condo, hotel, beach house, public beach where there is parking.
Usually the best spot on the beach is just out back at the condo or hotel where you are staying. I will also tell you that I don’t mind if you want to wait until you get down to coast and drive up and down the boulevard and even let me know the day of where to meet you.
After you surf around, read some bridal testimonials, see my officiating fees, view some videos, and feel comfortable with the prospect of me officiating your wedding, please see about Booking me to officiate.
If I am unavailable, I will be happy to give you the name of another clergyman or officiant that is available or better suited for your situation. If you have any questions please contact me!