The Perfect Minister for Your Wedding

About Pastor John


Congratulations on your decision to “tie the knot”!  My wife Kathy and I were married on August 21, 1982 in Palatine, Illinois, and remember it like it was yesterday!  Since then, I have performed countless wedding ceremonies, as well as provided pre-marital coaching to many couples prior to the “big day”.  If you do not have a Wedding Minister at this time and would like additional information about my services, I would love to chat with you.  Some of the things I offer and value about weddings are:


  • The Wedding Minister has an important role that helps the family to relax and enjoy the day, while providing professional services that highlight the importance of the day.
  • Humor and a personal touch make for a world of difference in a wedding.  I don't do "cheesy" weddings!
  • I serve couples best by helping them plan exactly the type of ceremony they desire, not a prescribed script that I force on them.
  • I perform indoor or outdoor, formal or informal, long or short weddings – all depending on the preference of the couple.
  • Prior to the wedding, some couples desire pre-marital coaching that seeks to solidify and prepare the couple for a stronger, healthier marriage. This is something I provide because I want to see your marriage thrive and not just survive.
  • When not working with couples, I am the Associate Pastor at Waterfront Community Church in Hoffman Estates, IL. I have been in that role since August 2012.  Prior to that I was the Lead Pastor at New Hope Community in Streamwood and also on staff at Willow Creek Community Church for 18 years.
  • Kathy and I have five children.  Christy, Jeff, Kimberly, Corinne and Kaylee. Two son in laws and a daughter in law. Four beautiful grandchildren. And I have had the privilege of officiating three of my children’s weddings!


If you would like additional information, or would like to set up a time to meet, feel free to call or email.  I look forward to meeting with you soon.  And again, congratulations!  Enjoy the journey!

Pastor John
(847) 624-3531


Pastor John's Services

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Many couples today don't want a "generic" ceremony, one that looks and sounds like everyone else's.  Based on our discussions, your ceremony will be uniquely yours...completely personalized and customized.  I believe strongly that your wedding day is YOUR wedding day.  And my role is not to tell you how and what to do during your ceremony but instead to help you create the wedding ceremony you have always desired...not some "cookie cutter" ceremony that I force on you.  It's YOUR day!  

The services I provide:

  • In person marriage/wedding planning consultation 
  • Assisting with rehearsal
  • Officiating your wedding
  • Filing of marriage license
  • All communication and preparation required to have a great ceremony
  • Reception services – upon request

In addition, I have a desire to see every couple start right. At no extra charge, I provide Couples Coaching.  This includes up to two additional sessions that are based on the Prepare/Enrich online assessment (there is a $35 fee to take the assessment).

One of the first questions that couples ask is “What are your fees?”  My standard fee is $800 which includes everything listed above. If extra travel is required (30 miles or more), please add travel expense of $50 for each hour of travel required.


Your Marriage License Info

You must get your marriage license from the county that you are getting married in.

In Illinois and Indiana, you have 60 days prior to your wedding to get your license. Bring your license to the rehearsal or ceremony and I will take it from there. It typically takes 2 to 4 weeks to be processed.

When ordering your marriage license, some things you need to know:

  1. Both bride and groom need to apply in person.
  2. You both will need two forms of identification (i.e. - passport and/or driver's license and some other form of identification.)
  3. There is a fee to purchase the license. Each county sets their own prices. Go to the website of the county in which you are getting married for more information.

Marriage Certificate Info:

You will need to order marriage certificates to prove that you are married to several of your financial and important institutions (Social Security, banks, insurance, etc). You can order them at the same time you order your marriage license (only in Cook County do you order after they have processed your marriage license).

What People Are Saying

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We were so grateful to find Pastor John for our wedding. We didn't have a home church and felt so blessed to find such a warm and inviting pastor. He was fantastic at suggesting ideas for the ceremony as well as listening to ours. He took a genuine interest in us as a couple and we felt very comfortable with him. Pastor John was a wonderful speaker. He was easy to get ahold of and punctual. He was very personable with us, our wedding party and our guests. Even after our wedding we have stayed in touch with him. We would highly recommend Pastor John to any close family or friends getting married. 
Jason and Tracy Reiff
We were referred to Pastor John through our event planner.  My fiancé and I wanted a ceremony that would be customized to reflect our preferences and personality along with incorporating a religious component.  We had interviewed multiple pastors and did not feel a connection until we met with Pastor John.  He immediately made us feel at ease and we were comfortable talking about our relationship and our goals.  Pastor John offered us two sessions of counseling which consisted of taking a survey and discussing our results.    The sessions were focused on communication and they helped my fiancé address marital issues that we had not realized were important. The sessions overall made us feel more prepared and brought us even closer together.  Pastor John then attended our rehearsal and instructed the wedding party on the organization of the ceremony.  On our wedding day the ceremony was perfect.  Pastor John gave a beautiful ceremony that was exactly what my fiancé and I had asked for.  I had multiple guests approach me after our wedding complimenting the pastor and commenting on how much they enjoyed Pastor John's message.  We had a great experience and would highly recommend Pastor John to every couple. 
Tracy and Marc Spizzirri
Pastor John officiated our wedding in July 2013.  He was such a warm and welcoming person.  We met him several times before our wedding during our couples coaching.  He was caring and understanding.  Never judgmental.  He offered suggestions, things to think about, and personal stories.  During our ceremony, Pastor John incorporated many of the discussions we had shared during his sermon.  It was unique and special.  You can tell he really listens and cares about his couples.  We thank him for his support and contribution to our memorable ceremony.  

Rachel and Chris Sliwa

We couldn't be happier to have been connected with Pastor John.  Tony and I set up an appointment to meet and interview Pastor John to perform our wedding ceremony.  We had a few basic questions, but didn't really have a lot of experience with this type of interview.  Pastor John had it under control for us.  He had questions for us that helped focus the conversation on getting to know each other and the goals of our wedding.  We finished the meeting and said good bye.  As we were walking out of the coffee shop, Tony and I both said to each other that we were already ready to make the call (even before we finished our other interviews).  We both felt comfortable, listened to, and drawn to Pastor John.  His demeanor and presence are inviting and warm and we already felt the trust building with him.  We immediately went back to find Pastor John before he left to ask him to be part of our service!  

A wedding day is about God, Love, Family, and Friends.  When we look back on the kick off to our marriage we are so grateful for that day.  Thanks to Pastor John, our ceremony was personalized to us and the promises we were making to each other.  We've heard many times since then from our family and friends how unique our ceremony was to us.  We are grateful and blessed that Pastor John took the time to get to know us and help us make the day unbelievably special.  

In the days leading up to our wedding and the days since, Pastor John has been in our lives as a friend, a confidant, and a source of inspiration for our marriage.  Pastor John offered and delivered on being more than just the person that performed our beautiful ceremony.  He has also helped champion us and the success of our marriage.  Sometimes the right people come into your lives at just the right time.  

Amy and Tony Docimo

Pastor John did an incredible job officiating our ceremony. What I loved about him is that he  made sure that he got to know Steve and I personally before the wedding. From his experiences with us he created a beautiful sermon tailored to our personalities and our relationship. It was incredible thoughtful, and beautifully put together.Our family and friends still talk about how wonderful our ceremony was. We are forever grateful for having Pastor John come into our lives. 
Sarah and Steve Morgan

Pastor John oversaw our wedding in the summer of 2012, he was professional, polite and humorous throughout our dealings with him. He listened to the way that we wanted the ceremony to be and carried it out in exactly the manner we required. We met beforehand to discuss all of the details and on the day itself everything went very smoothly. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Pastor John to any couple who are looking for a Pastor to conduct their service.

Matt Hoy and Ela Villella-Hoy

"We met with Pastor John a couple of times at Panera and liked him immediately. His down-to-earth personality was what made us choose him to officiate our wedding. My husband and I are of two different Christian faiths, as well as our families, and all of our guests were moved by his words. They were truly original and personalized to us/our future together. We highly recommend all future couples to consider Pastor John as their wedding ceremony officiant. We were very pleased."
Amelia and Chris
"I was referred to Pastor John by another pastor that I had worked with on different projects.  At the time, I was helping a couple plan their wedding.  They wanted a simple ceremony that also reflected them.  I met with Pastor John first to find out about his services and requirements.  My clients were so thrilled after meeting with him that they asked him to officiate their wedding--they did not have to think twice about it.  The ceremony planning was very smooth as Pastor John gave some guidelines and ideas about readings, etc to my clients.  At the rehearsal dinner, Pastor John made the instructions so very simple.  But what I really loved was how he became part of the families that were there for the wedding nuptials.  As if he had known them all their lives.  The ceremony took place in August 2012 and it was perfectly beautiful.  Each scripture had meaning for the couple and you can see that on their faces as they said "I do".
Melissa McDow, Top Notch Event Planning
Pastor John was the officiant for my wedding back in January, and I have nothing but great things to say about our experience. My husband and I were planning our wedding in Chicago from out of state, and Pastor John was extremly flexible to our needs and availability. He went out of his way to meet us on Sunday evenings, which cut in to his own personal weekend time, we also set up calls over skype, when we could not make the drive back to Chicago. Pastor John showed a real interest in our relationship and has continued to offer his support for our marraige. 
At the ceremony, he delivered a personal and unique message, that I will remember forever. We received overwhelming feedback from our guests of how impressed and touched they were by the message. I would highly recommend Pastor John for anyone looking for a wedding officiant.
"We highly recommend Reverend John Angle to anyone looking for a beautiful wedding ceremony that is truly all about the couple. John was very open to customizing our ceremony to match our own personality and style."
Ross and Michelle

John Angle (locally of New Hope Community Church in Streamwood) met with us and was willing to perform our ceremony on short notice. We had less than two months from when we first met with him until the ceremony... and in the meantime he was scheduled to go on vacation with his family. He required us to take an online compatibility survey and then we reviewed the results in a follow-up counseling session. 
He crafted an individualized wedding ceremony message based on the scripture passages that we suggested. His words were beautiful, meaningful, and memorable... exactly what you'd hope for in a wedding ceremony. We will remember what he said; but so will many of our guests too!


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