About Us

How long have you been officiating weddings? How did you become an officiant?

Heartfelt Ministries, previously Heartfelt Wedding Ceremonies, was founded by Rev. Kelly in February 2007. Rev. Zita joined HM a year later in 2008 because the demand in Central Wisconsin for personalized, flexible wedding ceremonies was more than Rev. Kelly could handle alone. In 2010, the name changed to Heartfelt Ministries to better reflect all the services offered, but their specialty is still those flexible, personalized wedding ceremonies.

Rev. Kelly and Rev. Zita

Rev. Kelly founded Heartfelt Ministries because of her own wedding in 1997. Then, Rev. Kelly was unaware of anyone offering the services she offers today. The choices appeared to be a church wedding (and all that entailed) or a civil ceremony in front of a judge. Since the church wedding did not suit Rev. Kelly or her husband, they opted for the civil ceremony in front of the judge. The judge was nice and friendly, but the ceremony was short and cold, not personal at all.

Fast forward to 2006, when Rev. Kelly found the Universal Life Church and Universal Ministries; the open and accepting nature of these churches and their support of individual beliefs was exactly how Rev. Kelly felt that religion, beliefs, and life’s ceremonies should be. Based on the same philosophies, Rev. Kelly started performing wedding ceremonies and offering Central Wisconsin couples the option she did not have.

Rev. Zita joined in 2008 to help fill the demand for these ceremonies in Central Wisconsin. She has over 20 years studying the religions of the world, their rituals and ceremonies. Both Rev. Kelly and Rev. Zita think they have the best job in the world.

In 2014, Heartfelt Ministries has grown again. Rev. Jean and Rev. Melanie joined the organization to help bring the unique experience that is Heartfelt Ministries to more couples in central Wisconsin and now in the greater Milwaukee area.

We love your officiant services and portfolio. What sets you apart from all the other officiants out there?

Heartfelt Ministries will work with you to deliver a wedding ceremony that is perfect for you. Rev. Kelly and Rev. Zita will work closely with you to help you tell your story, express your love for and dedication to each other, and incorporate family traditions. If you are unsure where to start, do not worry. Heartfelt Ministries will send you examples, ideas, and suggestions that will help you build your wedding ceremony. In addition Heartfelt Ministries will show you options on how to use the samples and what can be done with them.
Like a good friend, Rev. Kelly and Rev. Zita will walk you through the whole process of becoming married from obtaining the marriage license, through the processional and recessional, to applying for your certified copies of your license to be able to change your name and officially notify the organizations that need to know, such as your bank or insurance company.
To commemorate your day, we give you the book we use in your ceremony. This contains every word said, so you will never forget the romantic heartfelt words said about your relationship. This is printed on handmade, tree-free, and acid-free paper unlike anything you have felt before and perfect for framing or scrapbooking.

This sounds so wonderful, but it also sounds expensive. Are we going to be able to afford this?

A couple getting married Yes! Your ceremony should be the centerpiece of your wedding day and should focus on the two of you joining your lives together in marriage. Your ceremony should create priceless memories that will carry you back to when you were married and how special and touching that day was to you.

So, think about your wedding day and how you would like to make your ceremony unique and special to the two of you. Then contact us to schedule your Get Acquainted meeting to discuss how we can work together to create those memories.

Who do you work best with?

You will benefit best from working with Heartfelt Ministries if you want a wedding ceremony that takes both of you into consideration, if you want your wedding ceremony to be the highlight of your day, and if you believe that the words spoken on your wedding day are important. If you know what you want but are unsure how to get there or if you fit this profile but do not know where to begin, you will benefit from working with us.

Who is not going to benefit from your services?

We love what we do and we would love to say that everyone could benefit from working with Heartfelt Ministries. We want to help couples create a wedding ceremony that celebrates their story.

If you are chronically skeptical and do not understand the value of a custom created wedding ceremony that focuses on you and your love for each other, then you probably will not benefit from our services. If you think you fit in this category that is OK. Search your hearts about what is important to you about your wedding day. You must know and believe that you deserve to give yourself and each other the gift of a custom wedding ceremony to get the most from Rev. Kelly and Rev. Zita.

Will I lose control of our wedding if you are our officiant?

Absolutely not! Heartfelt Ministries works hard to listen to you and learn what DSC_0081you want from your ceremony than incorporate it for you. You are only limited by your creativity. A great officiant takes what you are feeling in your hearts and puts that into words for you.

Do you have back up?

Yes. Rev. Kelly and Rev. Zita work closely with you so that in an emergency situation either one can perform your wedding ceremony. Additionally, they have a “Plan B”, in an extreme emergency, they will hire an officiant from an exclusive list to come and perform your ceremony.

Please keep in mind that while the back plans are in place, they have only been implemented on a wedding day once. These are only activated in extreme emergency and are not entered into lightly.

Will you work with the vendors that we hire?

Of course, we work well with others and would love to work with the wonderful vendors you have found to make your wedding day special. If you are looking for a vendor and are not sure where to turn, let us know. We would be happy to recommend someone we have worked with before that we know will do a great job for you.

Do you take credit cards? Do you have a payment plan?

Yes, we accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover in addition to checks, money orders, and cash. Our services are set up to help make affording them easy and fit into your wedding budget.

A sand ceremony at an outdoor wedding This sounds like everything we have been looking for. What happens next to start the process of hiring Heartfelt Ministries for our wedding day?

The next step is to contact us to schedule your Get Acquainted meeting.
Use Our Contact Form located at the bottom of every page.
Call: 715-498-9309 or 715-347-3497
Email: info@heartfeltministries.net

We have a couple more questions. Can I call you?

Yes, in fact we encourage you to call us and schedule your Get Acquainted meeting so that we can dedicate time just for you and any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us through the form below or by using the following information:

Heartfelt Ministries:

Rev. Kelly


Rev. Jean (serving the Greater Milwaukee area):

Rev. Melanie:


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2 Responses to “About Us”

  • Comment from Autumn Ruge

    Your information was given to me by another wedding officiant that was already booked on our wedding day. My fiancé and I are getting married on August 10, 2013 in Lake Geneva, WI and are in need of an officiant. Are you available on that day?

    • Comment from revkelly

      Hi Autumn,

      I am sorry, but I just saw your post. Please forgive me for missing it until now. It is always best to send us an email or to call us directly. I will send you an email shortly and get you some information.


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