First Step Ministries - Pastor Brandyn Simmons

Chicago city and suburbs


Ceremony Types

Civil Union, Vow Renewal Ceremony

Religious Affiliations

Buddhist, Catholic, Christian, Interfaith, Jewish

Wedding Activities

Ceremony, Wedding


Contact Info

6047 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL Chicago city and suburbs (815) 519-3256

Reviewed on 8/03/2017 Alexandrea C

We loved working with Pastor Brandyn! He did an amazing job during our ceremony. He took time to meet with us before and answered all questions we had. He was great at getting back to us quickly whenever we called, texted, or emailed him. He was such a nice and caring pastor!... Read More We are so thankful to have him officiate our special day!

Reviewed on 6/03/2016 Kristy

We could not be happier with how Pastor B officiated our wedding! If you want professional and eloquent, this is your man. He met with us several months before the wedding to go over how things would proceed on the big day and ensured us that it would be classy, short, and... Read More sweet. He absolutely delivered on that promise. The ceremony was just beautiful. We received many comments during the reception about how wonderfully he officiated and how perfectly he encapsulated us as a couple, having only met with us once before. I would recommend him for any wedding. Thank you Pastor B!!!

Reviewed on 6/15/2015 Katy H

Pastor Brandyn was wonderful enough to officiate our wedding, however, it was only 10 minutes before our wedding that he informed us that he would not be staying for the reception. As many of you know, by that point you have already paid for a meal for the officiant and have... Read More already planned on them giving a blessing. Despite paying Pastor Brandyn for his services, we were also out a meal. Still had a good ceremony though.

2015-06-15T11:19:13 Response from the vendor

Hi Katy, Thank you for your positive review of the ceremony. I appreciate it. It is rather rare for the pastor to stay for the reception. Typically, the couple invites the pastor when they book him or her for the wedding and then he or... Read Less Read More

Class Act and the Perfect Choice

Reviewed on 1/03/2015

Pastor B was incredible and did a perfect job for us. He's funny, caring and intelligent and settled our nerves before the wedding. He is affordable and gets the job done with professionalism and heart. Thanks Pastor B we appreciated your service. ' Be sure to at least give... Read More him a call.

Ceremony was Perfect

Reviewed on 6/11/2014 Jennifer

I cannot recommend Pastor Brandyn enough. We just had him officiate our ceremony this weekend and he was fabulous. I was a little nervous because we only met with him once prior to our wedding and it was a good 4-6 months before the wedding. From that meeting, he developed a... Read More rough outline of how our ceremony would go and we waited until pretty close before the actual day to plan the details. The wedding went without a hitch and everyone commented about how great Pastor B was. He was well spoken, had a great ceremony planned and we couldn't have asked for anything better. He is inexpensive, effective at what he does and you don't have to worry about how your ceremony will go. I will be sure to recommend him to anyone getting married.

Pastor B was great

Reviewed on 12/09/2012 Kim H

We booked with Pastor B online and after a few phone conversations. We were married in October 2012 and Pastor B did a great ceremony for us. We had a very simple ceremony and he provided us with the perfect fit. Everyone commented on how nice the ceremony was.

Canceled on us

Reviewed on 10/18/2012 Erin W

I felt very good when we first booked with Pastor B, and when we sat down to discuss our ceremony he was very receptive and very nice. It was very important to me that I felt comfortable with the person who was marrying me. I set up another meeting with him about a month prior... Read More to my wedding to go over final details, and he arrived about 15 minutes late. Nevertheless we went through the ceremony, and he continued to assure me that it would go very smoothly, even though I was a nervous wreck. I had requested that he come to the rehearsal to help us run through everything just to calm my nerves a little, he claimed it was unecessary, but he agreed to come. About 2 weeks before my wedding I got a short little email from him claiming he has to leave the country and he wouldn't be officiating my ceremony, but he passed along my phone number to this other man. Trying not to panic as I am a week out from getting married I scrambled to set up a meeting with this new Pastor who lived over an hour away. My wedding turned out okay with my substitute officiant, but I was very disappointed in how unreliable Pastor B turned out to be.

Perfect Ceremony!!!

Reviewed on 9/10/2012 Melissa C

Pastor Brandyn was wonderful! He was so helpful with planning our ceremony and made everything so much easier. I was a pretty disorganized bride and he never complained once. He helped remind me of important topics for our ceremony and was very early for our ceremony and helped... Read More make sure everyone was where they needed to be and felt comfortable. He respected our wishes for a short ceremony and still made it so personable. Our guests loved him!!! Very affordable and flexible too!! Thank you Pastor Brandyn!!!!


Reviewed on 10/10/2011 Michelle P

Pastor B was so great to work with. The minute my husband and I met him for the first time we knew that he would be the perfect person to officiate our wedding. He was nice, personable, funny and easy to talk too. I loved the fact that he was so easy to get a hold of when I... Read More had questions and would respond so quickly. All of our guests thought that he did such a good job with the wedding ceremony. It was quick, ran smoothly but defnitly covered all bases. He even recomended doing a wine capsule ceremony during our wedding ceremony and that was so neat. I had never seen anyone do anything like that so it was really cool to do something so unique and different at our wedding. Pastor B is a great choice for a wedding officiant!

Loved him

Reviewed on 7/06/2011 Amy P

What a great guy to do our ceremony. He was charming, funny, and did just what we asked. Thanks so much for being part of our day.


Reviewed on 11/10/2010 Christine O

Pastor B was so much fun! He got us right from the getgo and was with us every step of the way. He knew exactly was to say and was completely on his A game throughout our experience with him. I HIGHLY recommend him.

Wonderful Pastor!

Reviewed on 9/27/2010 Katie B

Pastor B did a great job! We couldn't have been more pleased with him. He followed our wishes for our Baptist/Lutheran ceremony vows. He has a good personality with a sense of humor. I would definitely recommend him!