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Mindful Ministry provides personalized officiant services in MD, DC, VA, WVA, DE, and PA. Its officiants help couples design heartfelt wedding ceremonies that reflect the couple's relationship, backgrounds, and personalities.They believe intimate ceremonies that reflect the love between two people can be a magical moment for everyone involved and they would love to work with you to create your special ceremony.

Services Offered

Mindful Ministry officiants meet with couples several times to prepare for the ceremony and for married life. They use this time to understand the essence of your relationship and from there they work with you to customize your ceremony to include structure, readings, and rituals. They work with couples from Christian and other religious backgrounds as well as with couples from different religions and those who do not practice any type of formal religion. These ceremonies reflect the couple's wishes and include:

  • religious wedding ceremonies
  • ecumenical, secular, and non-religious wedding ceremonies
  • vow renewals/recommitment ceremonies
  • welcoming ceremonies and christenings
  • mindful communication and stress reduction


Rev. William (Bill) Mies founded Mindful Ministry in 2009 where he enjoys working with couples in an atmosphere of presence, awareness, and compassion. Bill has a B.A. degree in philosophy and five years of graduate work in Theology, equivalent to a Masters of Divinity, which culminated in ordination as a Catholic Priest. Today, as a married priest, he is affiliated with the International Council of Community Churches and CITI Ministries.

After working with Bill in his wedding ministry for 5 years, Rev. Joanne Marshall-Mies joined Mindful Ministry as an officiant in 2014. She is affiliated with the Universal Life Church and shares Bill's passion for working with couples to help them create unique, meaningful wedding ceremonies and to be present before, during, and after the wedding. Joanne is also a Research Psychologist with a special interest in couple's relationships.

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Ceremony Rehearsal
Premarital Counseling

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

Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

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Premarital Counseling

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Baha'i Faith
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.
30-60 mins.

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Tim M. Married on 12/03/2022
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A truly personal ceremony awaits

Working with Bill & Joanne was a very educational and rewarding process. They take the time to truly understand each individual separately before connecting you both together and unwinding the real reasons why you'll soon be married. We put in the work, (albeit begrudgingly at times) to end up with a ceremony that was not only personal to the two of us but provided our attendees & guests with a glimpse into our love and our future story, presently unwritten. If you want a truly personal ceremony from a dedicated and professional officiant, do not hesitate for one second to hire the best - Mindful Ministry
Jenna C. Married on 08/05/2023
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Incredible experience!

Bill and Joanne were incredible to work with! They spent a significant amount of time meeting with us and not only helping us create our dream ceremony but also taking the time to personally get to know us! All of our guests raved about it being one of the nicest wedding ceremonies they attended! I would recommend Bill and Joanne to anyone!
Anastasia H. Married on 07/15/2023
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Mindful Ministry is Amazing

Rev Bill and his wife Mrs. Joanne made our experience one we will remember forever. From the beginning they were professional, quick to respond and start our process. We chose three meetings in order to accomplish our ceremony goals. Rev. Bill was great when it came to scheduling for our meetings since we needed evenings as we both work days. He was thorough from the start with the layout and guided us when deciding the type of ceremony we wanted. Overall, the experience was great because it not only meant we were able to help create a ceremony unique to our relationship but also was able to bring us even closer during what some can think as a stressful planning experience. Rev Bill is so friendly and does give the freedom to the couple to express who they are while giving advice when asked his opinion. Mrs. Joanne works so hard when putting together the drafts of the ceremony that you and your partner will edit to ultimately make your final ceremony. Both are great to work with and made our ceremony the best it could be! We are forever grateful and highly recommend Mindful Ministry to all engaged couples who are planning their forever!
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