I am Rev. Mark Willis. I am an ordained pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Pastor of a church in Shawnee. In my 10+ years of ministry, I have served congregations in Independence, Kearney, and Gardner and have traveled all over the KC metro area and beyond to officiate at weddings of every shape and size. I was one of the preferred clergy for ceremonies at Powell Gardens for three years. My philosophy for weddings is "to help create that special, unique experience for each couple; working with them directly to understand their hopes and dreams for this wonderful day." 

Simple To Elegant Weddings Clergy

I am Rev. Gabe Combs.  As an officiant, I’m concerned mainly with one issue; planning a ceremony that is meaningful to each couple. An engaged couple wrestles with many issues about their wedding, including rings, attire, location, date, etc. I welcome the opportunity to participate in a variety of wedding ceremonies, yet the focus must always remain on how the couple can celebrate their significant moment. Working with many different faith and cultural diversities, together we can craft a memorable ceremony. Traditional or unique, Christian or non-religious, large or small…I celebrate the uniqueness of each couple in their public unity.  Gabe is Prepare-Enrich certified. Premarital Counseling is available for an additional fee..

Simple To Elegant Weddings has a number of hand-selected ordained and experienced clergy to whom we can refer you. Therefore, you need look no further for an officiant than here at Simple to Elegant Weddings. Regardless of which of us work with you to celebrate one of the most important days in your life, you will be well cared for. Once we begin working with you to plan your service - large or small, traditional or unique - open and affirming, you can relax. We have it handled!! 

My name is Rev. Lara Blackwood Pickrel. I am an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serve as one of the pastors at a local Christian Church.  Prior to serving with the good people of Smithville, I served congregations in Kansas City, Arkansas, and Texas, and have performed weddings in a variety of settings.  I enjoy helping couples craft wedding services that reflect their shared values, goals, and beliefs, and am skilled at helping couples create space in their weddings for unique family situations (blended families, family by choice, etc.).  From small intimate services to large celebrations, I am prepared to help you breathe deeply and enjoy your special day.

My name is Sondra Bowers.  I have served as a Senior Minister and as Minister of Youth and Christian Education for over 20 years, all here in the Kansas City area.  I also work at the Kansas Zoo as an Education Instructor. I earned my undergraduate degree in Music Education / Music Therapy from the Conservatory of Music, University Of Missouri at Kansas City in 1986 and received my Masters of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology here in Kansas City in 2003.  I have been officiating weddings since 1999.  I am committed to providing every Bride and Groom with a ceremony that shows the essence of the love they share and tailored to the life they have together.  I believe that a wedding should reflect the couple’s life together and would be delighted to help you with your ceremony.