Rev. Stephen Valentine

Rev. Stephen Valentine
Certified Premarital CounselorPhoto by: Donae Cotton Photography

Rev. Stephen Valentine has been a minister in multiple church settings for over twenty five years. He has a great deal of experience as a dynamic speaker to people of all ages and backgrounds. He has been married for 27 years and believes that marriage can be deeply rewarding when a person finds the right one.

Even though his personality is causal, he is well educated and very articulate. He received his B.A. in Pastoral Care from Crown College and pursued his M.A. in Religious Studies from Bethel Seminary. He consistently attends a variety of continuing educational opportunities that keep him well rounded and open to new insights.

He and his wife, Cyndie, have raised their three children in the Twin Cities and are very involved in the community. As a former Pastor in a local church for most of his life, he understands and has a heart to serve people. He has personally counseled and helped prepare a vast number of couples seeking marriage. His warm and personal style creates an ease and comfort level that allows people to enjoy and celebrate those meaningful moments in life!

Though Steve has experienced every feature of professional ministry over the years, he feels his “sweet spot” has always been to celebrate the good things in life. His attitude and message have consistently focused on the positive and uplifting aspects of every situation. He feels his role is not to judge or condemn but to serve and celebrate the uniqueness of each person. That is why he enjoys officiating at weddings and desires to create a memorable environment of love, joy and acceptance for every couple regardless of the setting or situation.

Steve would count it a privilege to assist you in any way possible as you move forward on this joyous journey of marital union and commitment.


Reviewed on “Wedding Wire”: We had Rev. Steve Valentine as the officiant at my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding. He was absolutely great. It was a perfect blend of teaching, prayer, and humor. His three (3) point message was right on target and was exactly what the bride and groom needed to hear. Afterwards, there were countless people asking who he was, how we found him, and how much the enjoyed the ceremony. Quite honestly, it could not have worked out any better. It was perfect.

Ethan & Emily ~ June 4th, 2016

I had the pleasure of watching Rev. Stephen Valentine officiate Rachel and Justin’s wedding and I have to say that he was very memorable. We had a great conversation together for awhile before the ceremony started and there was just something about him that spoke to my heart; he was very personable. Despite the pouring rain during an outdoor ceremony, he had a positive attitude and kept the audience engaged with fun stories, jokes, and a very personal message.

Carly LaVigne, C.Lavigne Photography ~ July 27th, 2013

Posted on Wedding Wire: Dwight and I just wanted to express our thanks to Pastor Steve Valentine. He greeted our family members by name on our wedding day and that really made an impression on them! Our family LOVED him, were impressed by the scripture-based sermon, and said it seemed he had known us as a couple for many years, given all of the details he included in our ceremony. We couldn’t have asked for a more thoughtful, Christ-centered ceremony, which is exactly what we were looking for. We were so pleased and are grateful for the time Steve spent with us on the phone call prior to the ceremony, where we had a chance to get to know each other and he was able to learn a little about us as a couple. He even suggested a few churches we can try as we are looking for a new church home now that we are married.

Susan Lee-Wright was attentive, detail-focused, and found us the perfectly matched officiant for our wedding. She responded quickly via e-mail and phone, and took copious notes from our phone conversations. I felt as if I had known Susan previously to our phone conversations because she was so approachable and such a great listener. She has a passion for what she does!

Kirsten & Dwight ~ September 14th, 2013

Susan and Stephen,

Just wanted to say thank you again for everything.  We had many compliments on our ceremony and in particular, what a great job our officiant did.  From the rehearsal through the ceremony, Stephen was so personable and did a great job making it seem as if he had known us for years.  We were also so happy with the ceremony content that Susan had designed for us. Thank you again!

Brittany & Frank ~ August 11th, 2013

Dear Susan & Stephen, Thank you so much for making our big day special! We received so many compliments on the ceremony and were asked many times if we have known Steve for years because he made such a connection! Thanks again!

Tina & Tony, August 11, 2012

Rev. Susan, Thank you so much for planning our wedding on such short notice. Thank you, Rev. Stephen, for braving the cold and for your patience! You did such a great job our families are still talking about you! Thank you both for the candlesticks, our home will always have light! God Bless and all the best to you both.

Deidre & Jevonie, September 22, 2012

Dear Rev. Susan and Rev. Stephen, Tony and I sincerely thank you both for being a part of our wedding. We had an amazing Day and are truly blessed. Susan, thank you for taking the time meeting with us and assisting us with our ceremony planning and letting us speak our love through our vows. Our ceremony is something we will never forget and will treasure for a lifetime!

Rev. Stephen, you were fabulous and made our ceremony very meaningful! It was nice that you took the time to introduce yourself to family and interject meaningful things from our brief conversation. God Bless!

Tony & Coreen, August 2012

Reverend Stephen, thank you so much for making our wedding day so special. Your warm and fun personality made everyone feel at ease. We will always be grateful to you for setting a tone of celebration at our wedding!

Ryan & Joni, October 2011

Pastor Steve, Wow… what can we say, you made our special day even more special! Thank you for all the personal touches. Our friends and family felt some welcomed and encouraged. We will always be thankful for your friendship and guidance.

Jonathan & Tracy, July 2011

Steve, you made the renewing of our vows better than the first time! Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into our 25th year wedding celebration. It was first class all the way, and very, very meaningful!

Michael & Sara, Spring 2010

Reverend Valentine, Even though we had just recently met you, it felt like you knew us our entire lives… how do you do that? It was absolutely perfect and your humor about the rings still makes us laugh! Who ever thought a wedding could be so fun. Thank you so much for making everything special. We will always be grateful!

Phil & Debbie, Summer 2009