Chicagoland Wedding Pastor
I am a fully licensed officiant. I hold a BA in psychology and a Masters in Education. For many years, my wife, Betsy, and I facilitated Alpha's" The Marriage Course". We have been mentors in the past for a premarital program, "Becoming One".
My wife and I have been married for 43 years. I enjoy golfing, watching hockey, football, baseball, and listening to a wide variety of music.
I believe that a marriage officiant should be professional, easy to work with, have a sense of humor, be flexible and punctual. The officiant is, obviously, an extremely important part of the wedding, and I take that position seriously.
"Pastor Mike Lonchar was just amazing! We met with him about 13 months prior to our wedding and we knew he was the perfect choice for us to have as our officiant. He put together our ceremony within a couple weeks of us meeting and was COMPLETELY open to any changes/suggestions we had, which weren't many because he wrote an already amazing ceremony. He was responsive during the last year (we got married June 24th, 2017) and was an absolute JOY at our wedding ceremony. Our guests LOVED him and had nothing but wonderful things to say about him. We would highly suggest choosing Pastor Mike as your wedding officiant because he truly does get to know you as a couple and makes sure that your ceremony is magical." -Dan and Amy, 2017 The Grove Country Club, Long Grove
"Wow, just wow. We are still in awe of the magic that was Saturday. Every moment was more incredible than the next and the ceremony could not have been more beautiful.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all your support in creating the ceremony of our dreams. We couldn't have had a more fitting person lead one of the most significant moments in our lives." -Eddie and Lindsay 2016 Armour House, Lake Forest Academy