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Officiant Accelerator is in Houston on May 15th! Meet our Expert Speakers...

Published Thursday, Feb. 29th, 2024

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Attention Texas Wedding Officiants! AMM’s Officiant Accelerator training and networking seminar is headed your way…

Meet the Guest Speakers for this exciting event and reserve your ticket today! 



It’s official, the Officiant Accelerator nationwide tour is headed to Houston, Texas! We’ll be landing in the Lone Star State on May 15th, 2024, and can’t wait to meet you! 


Visit the Officiant Accelerator website to see a list of all upcoming dates and locations: 



Join us for a full day of officiant-focused fun including: informative presentations, unity ritual demonstrations, advice on marketing and growing your business, a lively Q&A session with the experts, and networking with other local officiants. 





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Meet our Guest Speakers 


Your ticket to Officiant Accelerator: Houston includes detailed presentations from these incredible wedding officiants and business experts, followed by an interactive Q&A session. 


These experienced professionals will share their specialized knowledge to help you become a confident and skilled wedding officiant,  and to grow your wedding officiant business for lasting success! 


  • Maria Romano: Rockstar Officiant, Business Owner
  • Latrice Roman: Officiant, SYMBIS Marriage Counseling Facilitator, Business Owner, Officiant Coach 
  • Bethel Nathan: Business Elevation Coach, Speaker, Educator
  • Jimmie Berguin: Officiant, Educator, Hype Man
  • Lewis King: AMM's Executive Director 


To learn more about the Officiant Accelerator series and future events, visit the Officiant Accelerator website. 


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Headshot of Maria Maria Romano, smiling at the camera. She has reddish hair and glamorous makeup, and looks warm and welcoming, a Rockstar Officiant, Business Owner

Maria Romano

Rockstar Officiant, Business Owner


Maria Romano is the founder of True Love Knots! She started her career in her 50s and found her passion. Previously, she was the President of Advantage Rent a Car of Las Vegas and grew her company's revenue to over 18 million dollars a year.


Maria performs wedding ceremonies, baptisms, and end-of-life celebrations. Her goal is to ensure the couples she marries to have a lifetime memory. When she started this company, it was not all hearts and roses. As a result, she is now working with people who want to add to their revenue stream, have fun, and impact other people's lives with her course "How to Become a Rockstar Officiant."


Her love for weddings and helping people get back into dating motivated Maria to share The Power of Loving your Way to the top with people. These are the principles of changing cultures in business to adopt more love, empathy, and compassion in the working environment. Maria is on the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce board of directors, active in her Parish, and a mediator of Clark County neighborhood justice center.


Maria is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and serves couples throughout the 'Wedding Capital of the World' and surrounding area. 


Find Maria online: / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube / TikTok



Latrice Roman wedding officiant headshot, Latrice is smiling toward the camera with her hair in braids, wearing a floral print shirtLatrice Roman

Officiant, SYMBIS Marriage Counseling Facilitator, Business Owner, Officiant Coach 


Latrice Roman, also known as Your Favorite Wedding Officiant, is the owner of Put A Ring On It, Dallas! and the Say ‘I Do’ Wedding Chapel & Elopement Place, and is a SYMBIS Marriage Counseling Facilitator. She’s renowned for crafting bespoke and heartfelt ceremonies that reflect the unique love story of each couple she marries. 

Beyond her role in uniting couples, Latrice brings a wealth of experience as a former Army Instructor, to guide and mentor individuals toward success in both their businesses and careers. 

Her ability to weave together moving narratives and connect with people on a personal level makes her not only a sought-after officiant, but an effective educator, poised to inspire others in the art of storytelling and ceremony creation.

Latrice is based in Arlington, Texas, and serves couples throughout the greater Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth areas, and beyond. Her unique elopement chapel, complete with a cute photo-ready-walls for quick keepsakes, is located in Arlington.  

Find Latrice online: PutARingOnItDallas.Com;; Instagram @putaringonitdallas; Facebook; TikTok @latriceroman


Read more about Latrice on AMM's American Weddings Blog: 







Bethel Nathan headshot

Bethel Nathan
Business Elevation Coach, Officiant, Speaker, Educator

Bethel is a successful business owner, award-winning officiant, and WeddingPro Educator, and she knows how to build and run a successful wedding industry business. Focusing on her ideal couple and having a rave-worthy customer experience, as well as her strong support for marriage equality, Bethel has now married over 1200 couples over the past 14 years and has built up over 450 5-star reviews as Ceremonies by Bethel. 


Combining her background in both large Wall Street investment banks and small businesses with her experience building her own wedding officiant business, Bethel also enjoys helping other wedding industry businesses grow and prosper as a business coach, industry speaker, and educator under Elevate by Bethel. 


Bethel is based in San Diego, California, and serves couples in the San Diego and Temecula area and beyond.


Take Elevate by Bethel's Business of Officiating Course


Find Bethel online: Instagram / Facebook / WeddingWire / The Knot


Read more about Bethel on AMM's American Weddings Blog: 





Wedding Officiant Jimmie Berguin stands smiling in front of the camera, with his hands in his pockets, in front of a gorgeous mountain view with early morning sun

Jimmie Berguin
Officiant, Educator, Hype Man

Jimmie has made a name for himself in the wedding industry and on social media (Officiant Jimmie) by officiating visually compelling wedding ceremonies that resonate with couples who want something exciting and different.


He’s also become the face of AMM's Professional Wedding Officiant Certification course, raising the profile of wedding officiants across the country and promoting officiant best practices. 


Jimmie is based in Eugene, Oregon, and serves couples throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Find Jimmie online: Instagram / Facebook / Adventure Elopement Officiant Spotlight


Read more about Jimmie on AMM's American Weddings Blog: 





AMM's Executive Director Lewis King smiles toward the camera in a professional headshot

Lewis King
AMM Executive Director

Lewis is AMM's Executive Director, and he has spent the last five years helping AMM keep up with its growing community of ministers, growing its outreach and education operations and advocating for ministers across the country.





Read articles by Lewis on AMM's American Wedding blog




Meet your Event Host & Organizer



Headshot of Marisa Correa, AMM's events and marketing coordinator. Marisa has brightly dyed red hair and is smiling toward the cameraMarisa N. Correa

AMM Marketing & Events Coordinator


This exciting event is hosted by Marisa N. Correa, AMM's incredible marketing and events coordinator. 


Marisa has been working with AMM since April of 2023, and leads the team behind-the-scenes at every Officiant Accelerator event. She's the magic force behind every unforgettable seminar! 


Marisa has been involved in marketing and event planning and coordination for more than five years in the greater Seattle area, with experience in the arts, finance, and hospitality industries.


In her free time, Marisa loves participating in local musical theatre, and brings the creativity, spontaneity, warmth, and stage presence she's developed as an actor into all that she does.


Contact Marisa with questions before the event, or come find her the day-of to say hello!


Watch Marisa host AMM Talks: AMM's virtual bi-monthly officiant class & community 







MAY 15TH, 2024




Officiant Accelerator is your gateway to professional and personal success as a wedding officiant. Learn how to deliver powerful ceremonies, build a successful practice in your community, and join a network of passionate wedding professionals. Brought to you by American Marriage Ministries in partnership with International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants (IAPWO) Read more on


About the Venue: 


Join us at Anchor Office on May 15th, 2024

4265 San Felipe Street, Suite 1100, Houston, Texas 77027

(click the link above for a map and directions)

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Above: Anchor Office (photo via venue)

Contact the event space directly for information on accessibility and transportation.





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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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