Wedding Officiant Associates

Here is a list of associate officiants if I am not available for your wedding.

The Rev. Dr. Bill Henderson

Believes in marriage and believes marriages can be happy and healthy when given a good start.  He and his wife Rena have been happily married for 35 years with 2 adult children.  For Bill and his wife, happiness does not mean things are always storybook perfect.  It simply means they are living out their commitment to constantly be learning to work together to create a positive home life that will support and encourage them to love and to be growing to be the best, most effective persons possible.  Dr. Henderson has served in ministry for 40 years and as Pastor for 30, conducting many weddings through the years.  Currently living in Black Mountain, NC, he serves congregations in transition, willing to address concerns that create confusion, pain, dead-ends or conflict situations.  He received a BA from Furman University and the Masters of Divinity and Doctorate in Ministry from Southeastern Theological and The Southern Seminaries respectively. 


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The Rev. Dr. Buddy Corbin

He is a native of Asheville, NC.  He holds degrees from North Georgia College and State University, Southern Seminary and Drew University. Following a 37-year career as a parish pastor, he joined the clinical staffs of Mission Hospital and CarePartners Health Services (Asheville) where he serves as a chaplain. He is active in community and civic life, and is a spiritual leader with several  ecumenical spiritual renewal communities. His dissertation: “A Reclamation   Strategy” has been used as a practical guide with persons needing spiritual renewal.    


Susan Marlan, Interfaith Officiant

I  was ordained from The New Seminary in New York City and legally registered in  1989 to officiate marriage ceremonies throughout the United States.  I have  officiated thousands of religious, non-religious, traditional, same-faith,  same-sex and interdenominational ceremonies for couples of all faiths and  lifestyles from all over the world. 

That's more than 25 years of doing what I love to do, and I know that love  shines through in each ceremony I perform.  Couples referred to me are in the hands of a poised, experienced professional who truly cares about their happiness and satisfaction.  Each ceremony is delivered with eloquence and  sincerity.

"Everyone was touched by the spoken  words as well as the love present in the room"   

The Reverend Doctor Joseph (Joe) Yelton

He is a native of the mountains Western North Carolina where he has served for over 35 years in pastoral ministry, almost all within a stone’s throw of where it began.  His home church is First Baptist of Asheville and his education includes a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist at Wake Forest and a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.  Having served as pastor on a college campus for eleven years and performing more than 200 weddings while there, Joe has had ample opportunities with various wedding experiences, styles and penchants.  Coupled with that is an additional twenty-five years of pastoral ministry.  For Joe, family is God’s priceless gift and that makes your many choices (wedding style, officiant and the plethora of other influences that go into wedding planning), most significant.  It is his desire to understand your wishes and when appropriate, help you design and carry out your dreams.  Joe’s wife Corinne is a Nurse Practitioner and they have two adult children.  It is his hope that he can help you build this foundational experience for a relationship which will be celebrated many, many years. 

The Reverend Doctor David Rayburn

He is  a native of East Tennessee, but has deep roots in Western North Carolina. All of his grandparents and both of his parents are natives of the Western North Carolina mountains, and he spent much time while growing up in this area. Dr. Rayburn has been a church musician, a college and seminary professor, and a pastor of three churches, the last of which, First Baptist Church of Black Mountain, North Carolina, he served for nearly 13 years. He has been married to Jennifer for 38 years and has two adult children and a first grandchild. He holds a Bachelor of Science in instrumental music education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Masters of Church Music and Divinity, and a Doctor of Philosophy from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville,  Kentucky. Having performed the wedding ceremonies for family, students, church  members, and special requests, Dr. Rayburn delights in weddings because of the  experience of love, joy, excitement, and hope for the future that they create.