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Joel Parkins is a wedding officiant based in Kelso, Washington. Joel is a non-denominational Christian pastor and officiant with over 35 years of experience. He specializes in designing unique ceremonies that reflect a couple's love story, their journey to marriage, and their Christian faith.

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Joel has worked with hundreds of couples throughout his career and has performed a different exchange of vows for every one of them. With this professional, there is no such thing as a "cookie-cutter" ceremony. He offers consultation sessions to discuss all the details a couple would like included in their service long before the big day arrives. Joel travels to locations throughout the Kelso, Greater Washington, and Portland areas to perform wedding ceremonies. Joel Parkins wedding officiant is the perfect choice for couples hoping for a personalized and meaningful "I do" moment.

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Which of the following are included in the price?

Premarital Counseling

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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal

What services do you provide?

Premarital Counseling

What religious affiliations do you serve?

No Denomination

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

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Jan T. Sent on 11/21/2023
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Very nice and professional. Made our ceremony feel like he knew us to personalize it.

Very well done. Very personable, professional, and very respectful of our wants and needs. Would definitely recommend Joel for weddings.
Kayla M. Sent on 09/15/2023
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Joel Parkins

Joel officiated our wedding over the summer. He is fun, down to Earth, and easy to work with. I loved how he was able to incorporate our stepson and help us acknowledge our parents as part of the ceremony - this was super important and valuable to us. He did a great job officiating the wedding and helped run our rehearsal as well. His message was clear and to the point and communicated a message about love and Christ. Joel would be a great officiant and addition to your special day!!
Rebecca F. Sent on 01/11/2024
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Joel was fantastic! Highly recommend him!

Pastor Joel was an awesome fit for the wedding.
He was polite, punctual, and continuously in contact with our changing locations. The service was on the beach and due to changing tides, we changed the venue. If you are looking for an officiant, I would look no further than Pastor Joel.
Awesome experience!
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Joel Parkins
Joel Parkins
Wedding Pastor

My name is Joel Parkins and I have been a wedding pastor since 1985. I have been married for 38 years and I am still madly in love with my wife, Deana. One reason I love to officiate at weddings is because I love marriage so much, I love being the one to introduce couples to one of my favorite things in life.

I have two beautiful, grown up daughters, Whitney, who has given me four wonderful grandchildren. She is a kindergarten teacher.

Ryane, my youngest daughter is married and has given us two more grandsons. She is an animal trainer at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Diego.


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