Humanist Celebrant

Do you want the celebration of a major life-cycle event to reflect your secular/ rational/ humanist worldview? If so, I can help.

I’ve been endorsed by the Humanist Society as a Humanist Celebrant, recognized as a legal officiant at weddings, and authorized to conduct memorials and perform other ceremonial functions. If you’re in need of such services, contact me at john(at), or visit the Humanist Society’s Celebrant State Listing.

Here’s a handy¬†Questionnaire that will provide me with most of what I need to get started, as well as Wedding Ceremony Agreement and Contract¬†(both in Microsoft Word format).

And yes, I’m perfectly happy to perform same-sex ceremonies.


John C. Snider



“John was an amazing officiant! He went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable, relaxed, and happy. He took on duties that weren’t his responsibility and really made our day special. I didn’t have to worry about the ceremony because I knew John is fantastic. Thank you, John, from the bottom of our hearts.”

“John did a great job. He asked a lot of questions to get to know us. He took into account our family dynamic, because having a non traditional ceremony can sometimes be tricky to navigate. We were able to develop with him a script that truly reflected our values and what we wanted to say going into the newest chapter of our lives. He was easy going and helpful as we went through this process, allowing us to go back and forth editing the script. He took the extra time to find quotes that we wanted to use, that made the ceremony extra special. After the ceremony, I had many people (both the religious and non-religious alike) tell me how lovely it was and that our ceremony truly reflected us. We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone planning a secular wedding.”

First Ceremony: March 14, 2015, Lexington, Kentucky –

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