Rev John Kerslake

John is a Ordained Minister with Clergy Support Memorial Church in the Courtney region of Vancouver Island. John has been with Clergy Support as a part of our executive team since 2002 - firstly in Ontario and now living in BC, administering our contingent of ministers on the Island. Eloquence, grace, calm, soothing – all words that have been used to described John and the type of wedding ceremony he conducts. Originally from England and a trained actor, . He leads in worship at our hub /chapel in Courtney at 4777 McLaughlin Dr. As numerous happy couples will attest, he is interested in every couple he deals with and his training and people-skills along with his presence & powerful voice will tell family and guests you’ve made the correct choice with John conducting your wedding.

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Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland


Lynne & Ken
Hi John, Just wanted to thank you for a terrific ceremony. You've had nothing but rave reviews from all our friends, both young and old. And we didn't think you were too bad either! Ha! I think the best thing of all, was that you had us totally relaxed. In almost every picture, one or both of us is laughing... thank you again!
Krista & Mark
Hi John, Mark and I just wanted to send you our thanks for your services on our big day. You really put us at ease on our first meeting together - Mark especially - and all the tips you gave us were great. I remember you had told me to make a conscious effort to block everything out and focus only on you and each other. I prepared myself for this in advance and managed to do it. Ignoring our audience (for the ceremony at least) was the best thing I could've done. I remember our whole ceremony and was happy and excited to be standing up there instead of being nervous about all the people watching. You coming back to meet me and the bridal party was also great. Your calm demeanor really put me at ease. During the ceremony, I found your voice very soothing (yet still loud enough for everyone to hear) and the ceremony was well-paced. And you got our ceremony perfect. You hear horror stories of officiants mispronouncing names or forgetting sections of the ceremony, but yours was flawlessly executed. Our poem (Coleridge - "The presence of love") sounded great and will now have a special place in our hearts thanks to you. My mother, who previously couldn't understand how a non-religious ceremony could be beautiful and special confessed that it was the nicest ceremony she had ever heard! All this to say a huge thank you. Our day went better than I ever could have dreamed of, and you played a big role in that. We certainly lucked out in getting you as our officiant and you even received compliments from our guests. We will certainly recommend you to anyone in the wedding market down the road. All the best to you and your family,
Andrea & Stuart
Hi John, Stuart and I wanted to make sure we dropped you a note thanking you for taking part in our wedding. What a wonderful day we had. Everything went just as we had hoped. The ceremony itself was lovely and moving. Many of our guests asked about you later and remarked how nice your manner was and how beautifully you spoke. Thanks again for contributing to an extremely special day.
Matylda & Brian
Hello John, I just wanted to let you know that our ceremony was absolutely perfect. You played such an integral part in making it more fantastic than I could have ever imagined. Your reading of our ceremony was so dignified and appropriate; we are so glad that we selected you as our officiant. We would recommend your services to anyone! Again, we can't thank you enough for making our day so perfect and so special.
Michelle and Jed
Hi John, Thank you tons for the wonderful ceremony you performed. It was truly beautiful and everyone enjoyed it, including the nervous groom and his unflappable bride. Cheers,
Karina and David
Dear John, Thank you so much for your eloquence, grace, and sense of humour at our wedding. We've received so many compliments about how wonderfully you spoke, and I really feel that you set a wonderful tone for the rest of the evening for us. Thank you just isn't enough! We will always remember our special day, and remember that you were such a great part of it! Sincerely,
Nawel & Hilary
John, From the moment we sat down together to plan our ceremony, we knew we were right to choose you as our officiant. You embraced and encouraged our incorporation of cultural and religious references into the ceremony, all the while providing practical advice on issues we hadn't thought of. On the wedding day itself, you were the calm in the eye of our little storm, adapting smoothly and expertly to our slight improvisations, and making the entire ceremony feel warm, sincere and a little spontaneous. Many of our guests told us they found your remarks on marriage especially thoughtful. We did too. We feel it is a credit to you that a number of our guests also asked if you were a friend of the family. Thank you again for doing such a wonderful job on what we felt was, by far, the most important part of our day. Best regards,
Beth and Dan
Hi John, I wanted to send a long overdue thank you for being so fabulous at our wedding. Because we were planning long-distance, your professionalism and calming demeanor set us completely at ease. You allowed us the flexibility to write our own words, but also the structure and experience to make the changes that would assure smooth sailing during the ceremony. Your presence, honesty, and humour were a gift. We would not hesitate to recommend you highly to anyone who is looking for perfection on their wedding day. With thanks,
Sharon & Rob
Rob and I would like to thank you so much for presiding over our wedding. We had a wonderful wedding! Your visits with each of us prior to the main event was wonderful especially because you filled me in on all the details going on downstairs when I couldn't see anyone prior to the ceremony. Your attention to detail regarding the our guests names, the ceremony, signing table and finally making everyone feel at ease but excited at the same time while waiting (ourselves and our guests) did not go unnoticed. Family and friends had nothing but compliments regarding your services and several of my girlfriends asked for your name in hopes to reserve your time for upcoming nuptials. You have a wonderful soothing personality and a voice that is gentle but loud and clear for everyone present to hear. Our day was perfect and we are thankful to you for making our day the most memorable in our lives. Thanks again for your class and your wit, we are very happy that we chose you as our officiant.