Rev. W. Douglas Russell
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Serving CT, MA and RI

Chaplain - Christian Minister

Chaplains are more service oriented than religious in nature. They are men and women that do not just talk, they reach out to a special group of people who normally are not touched by the local church. Chaplains go out into the world seeking those who are lost and suffering rather than waiting for them to come to them. 

I offer a non-judgmental ministry in the Christian Tradition to those couples who prefer a faith-centered service to a purely civil ceremony. I will accommodate you when your parish will not. If one of you is divorced, or no longer attend church, but still identify yourself as Christian, you are welcome!

I am available for:
Home Weddings
Outdoor Weddings
Ceremonies at Hotels and Banquet Centers
Second Marriages
Commitment Ceremonies
Renewal of Vows
Interfaith Marriages
All Christian Services

Since it is your marriage, I invite you to take part in planning your wedding ceremony to the extent you wish. You may choose the prayers, songs, reading, vows and the format of the ceremony. I will assist you as necessary.

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Prior to your wedding, I can meet with you, if you wish, to get acquainted, to answer any questions you may have regarding your ceremony, have you fill out a informational sheet, and to get copies of your I.D's. I also encourage you to raise any issues you wish about your relationship, your faith in God and your future together as a married couple.

As Pastor of Serenity Christian Ministry, I believe in freedom of religion. If you have a belief in God, a Higher Power, or in a Spirit of your understanding, I will be glad to be of service to you. Attending a church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. God wants us to have a relationship, NOT RELIGION. A relationship with God starts in you heart.

My wedding ceremony fee varies starting at: $350.00 (Lower Hartford-Middletown), $375.00 (Middlesex-Tolland), $400.00 (Old Saybrook, New Haven & New London) and $425.00 (Mystic, Fairfield & Windham) to $450.00, depending on the time required leading up to the ceremony, the number of times we meet and the distance traveled.
There is also a rehearsal fee (if you decide to have one) of up to 50% of the ceremony fee. (minimum Fee $100)
 A $150.00 deposit is requ
ired to confirm your wedding date, time and location. You may print and mail the deposit form from the link below, along with the pre-wedding questionnaire. The remainder of the fee, along with your Marriage License is due 7 days prior to your ceremony.
You DO NOT need a blood test, and you have to get your license from the town where the ceremony will take place. The license will be good for 65 days. I will register your marriage with Serenity Christian Ministry and the State of Connecticut.

May God bless you in your new life together.

God Loves you, and so do I