CFI certified Secular Celebrants are legal to solemnize marriages in Indiana, Illinois, Oregon, and District of Columbia. We are taking action to become legal to solemnize marriages in other states.
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Elizabeth Anstak is a Humanist and agnostic. She graduated from IUPUI with a bachelors in Philosophy and Religious Studies and now has a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Christian Theological Seminary. She has been a passionate activist for marriage equality and is comfortable with interfaith and intrafaith couples. She has been involved with CFI–Indiana for eight years and lives in the Indianapolis area.
Joe is a pharmacist, husband, and father living and working in West Lafayette. He knows that for those of us whose worlds do not include a god, there truly is no greater force of love than the love we hold for our life partners, our children, and the memories of those we’ve lost. These loves are so great they cannot be borne alone, so we share them with each other through ceremony.
As a Secular Celebrant, he hopes to help other humanists, agnostics, atheists, and others to elevate their great loves into events worth sharing. He firmly believes in the rights of all couples to commit to each other in a ceremony which does not compromise their beliefs and which treats guests of all faith backgrounds with respect.
He brings the professionalism and community engagement of his pharmacy vocation along with the artistry and stage presence of his many years in improv and scripted theater. He lives in West Lafayette but travels to Northwest Indiana and Indianapolis often. Contact him about weddings and child dedications.
Cheri is an Indianapolis attorney who worked for the ACLU of Indiana early in her career and continues to believe firmly in the separation of church and state. She and her husband were married 1994, in a secular service which they wrote themselves. She officiated at a marriage for the first time in 2000, and found it to be one of the most enjoyable activities of her adult life.
Cheri’s parents died in 2008 and 2009, giving her personal experience navigating the path to finding successful and appropriate ways to honor and memorialize loved ones in a secular fashion.
She believes that creative choice and expression unique to the individuals involved are important components of memorable rituals. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. She also has a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics, and obtained her J.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington.
She lives in the Indianapolis area.
Nicholas is a husband and a sales professional. He studied Classical Languages at Ball State University and appreciates the importance of myth and narratives in human life. When he and his spouse were married in 2011 their option for a non-religious wedding was a judge. While that suited their purpose at the time, he wants to be a resource to all Hoosier couples seeking non-religious marriages celebrated according to their wishes and on their time. He will be happy to discuss other milestones or events as well.
He believes himself to be LGBQT friendly and is working to further his education on the subjects related. His hobbies are cooking, reading, table games, and the hand-crafts related to block printing and book making. He lives in Marion County.
John Kiel has an AAS from Indiana University. He is employed by Ford Motor Company as a safety trainer and pipefitter/plumber (skilled trades). He is a charter member of Humanist Friendship Group of Central Indiana and Center for Inquiry Indiana. He is a member of NOW, AU, ACLU of Indiana, FFRF, and UAW Local 1111. He has taken the Dale Carnegie Course—Public Speaking.
I currently live in Louisville, KY and officiate in the “Kentuckiana” area. I’m a member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 862, serving on the Communications and Community Services committees.
Pat is currently semi-retired after teaching for 25 years. She currently teaches two English as a Second Language classes. She has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist church for 35 years. She has been a member of Center for Inquiry for 10 years. She has been a Girl Scout leader, active PTA member, and has been an active member of Indianapolis Hiking Club for 25 years. She has 4 children and 7 grandchildren. She is an advocate for caring for and promoting individual rights and protecting our Earth. She interjects her actions with love and humor.
She lives in the Indianapolis area.
Taylor Martin, as well as a secular celebrant, is a very well known professional magician. He has a flare for the theatrical and can become a character that will make your marriage memorable. Both male and female characters, he will add a touch of fun to your wedding. However, he knows your wedding is about you and will make it special to your requirements. If you need a flash of light or a magician appearance of the rings, you can arrange with Taylor to add this to your special day. Certain dates are not available, so if you are interested, get in contact with him as soon as possible. Taylor lives in Indianapolis.
Andi Simmons has been an attorney since 1987, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army JAG Corps. She is also an anthropologist, with a Master’s in Human Biology. Andi is a member of the Center for Inquiry–Indiana, and lives in Zionsville, Indiana. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, is an avid scuba diver, an enthusiastic gardener, a mother of five children, and a lifelong student of music, history and science.
Andi sincerely enjoys assisting couples in planning their wedding ceremonies, and officiating them, because it is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of such joyous occasions. She is committed to marriage equality. As an experienced trial attorney and frequent public lecturer, Andi is quite comfortable officiating ceremonies of all sizes. She will assist you to structure a ceremony that embraces ancient, traditional or modern orations, poetry, music, and personal expressions of love and commitment. She celebrates and honors all comers—interfaith couples, secularists, blended families, and same-sex couples. Andi is also available for memorial and funeral services, and appreciates the importance of offering appropriate, tailored ceremonies to commemorate the passing of non-religious loved ones.
Scott is a humanist and is a founding member of CFI-Indiana. Scott has been with his partner for 19 years. Being gay and currently denied marriage equality in Indiana, he understands how fundamental it is for people to form loving and lasting relationships regardless of orientation. He strives to bring a creative secular expression to your ceremony that will celebrate your special day as a couple.
He lives in the Indianapolis area.
Reba Boyd Wooden
Reba Boyd Wooden is Executive Director of Center for Inquiry Indiana. She started Humanist Friendship Group of Central Indiana in 1999 which became CFI Indiana. She has officiated at numerous weddings and same-sex commitment ceremonies and some memorials and other ceremonies. She is a board member of ACLU of Indiana and and a member of several other progressive organizations. She is a regular blogger at CFI’s Free Thinking: Freethought from the Heartland.
She is co-director of the CFI Secular Celebrant Program. If you would like a Secular Celebrant training session to be held in your area, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
She lives in the Indianapolis area.