How to Become a Legally Ordained Minister in Ohio:
With the American Fellowship Church the process of becoming an ordained minister / wedding officiant in Ohio is very simple, just read below and follow the instructions.
Marriage law in the State of Ohio:
“An ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation within this state who is licensed to perform marriages may join together as husband and wife any persons not prohibited by law.”
You must be licensed by the state: “A minister, upon producing to the secretary of state, credentials of his being a regularly ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation, shall be entitled to receive from the secretary of state a license authorizing him to solemnize marriages in this state so long as he continues as a regular minister in such society or congregation.”...
***In Ohio you will need to register with the secretary of state before you plan to perform a wedding***
Click here to visit the Ohio Secretary of State Minster Licensing Procedures.
1. By becoming an ordained minister with the American Fellowship Church you are a "licensed / ordained minister who is authorized by a religious denomination", in accord with our rules and customs we authorize you (once ordained & in good standing with our church) to solemnize marriages and/or officiate at marriage ceremonies.
2. In order to remain in good standing with the American Fellowship Church you must hold an unexpired minster license ID card, and be in "regular communion."
Our definition of regular communion; You must contact us at least 1 time per year, and if any of your contact information should change (your name, physical address, or email) you must notify us within two weeks of the change.
3. In order to become ordained you will need to order the following items:
An ID Card (minister license). We offer ordination for three different terms:
*****IN ADDITION TO A VALID MINISTER LICENSE ID CARD, YOU WILL ALSO NEED A LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION FROM THE AFC IN ORDER TO REGISTER WITH THE OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE.
You may order a Letter of Authorization here.
Finally to qualify for ordination with the American Fellowship Church in the state of Ohio you must agree to the Certification, and our Code of Ethics.
While training is not required in order to become ordained with the American Fellowship Church, we do urge our members to learn more about being an ordained minister, therefore we offer a number of online courses that are self paced and written in plain English. If you are interested in training please see "Online Minister Training"
*The information provided on this page is for guidance only it is NOT legal advice.
We currently have many ordained ministers in the state of Ohio.
It is critically important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office / county clerk before conducting a wedding ceremony. It is your responsibility to operate within the bounds of the law.