Ministers’ Bios

LoveNotes is dedicated to making your ‘happily ever after’ chapter come true
with these three little words…  ‘As you wish!’

Marty Younkin Marty Younkin
Affectionately known as ‘Minister Marty, the Marryin’ Man,’ Rev. Marty Younkin is Executive Director of LoveNotes~DFW Clergy Services. After graduation from Dallas Theological Seminary, Marty became a singles pastor in a large non-denominational church in Dallas, but eventually married off most of the singles in his class. It was then he discovered the joy of uniting two people together in marriage. ‘I love Love,’ says Marty. ‘I have the best job in the world!’ So for more than 45 years, he has continued to ‘tie the knot’ for literally thousands of couples. Marty’s passion for love, marriage and weddings was the inspiration behind his best selling wedding book, ‘A Wedding Ceremony to Remember – Perfect Words for the Perfect Wedding,’ a ceremony planner to help couples design their own unique wedding ceremony from entrance to exit. Rev. Marty Younkin and the LoveNotes staff are dedicated to making your ‘happily ever after’ chapter come true with these three little words… ‘As you wish!’
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Carol Sage Carol Sage
Carol Sage, President and founder of LoveNotes, has been in the wedding business for more than 35 years. She was Minister of Music in a large Dallas church and is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist and vocalist who can provide music for your wedding or special event. As an ordained minister who speaks Spanish, she also performs Hispanic and bilingual ceremonies. Being a woman, she identifies with brides who want everything to be perfect because she is a perfectionist herself! Her attention to detail will give you the confidence that nothing will fall through the cracks for your wedding ceremony when she’s on the job. ‘Not on my watch!’ she says. ‘My job is to get you hitched without a hitch!’ Carol believes ‘Marriage is like a piano…what you get out of it depends on how you play it; and if you play it right, it will be sweet music to all who hear it.’
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Ken Byrd Ken Byrd
Ken Byrd, aka ‘the Byrdman,’ has been married for more than 47 years to…’the lovely Byrdwoman.’ As a minister for more than 30 years, his favorite job has been working with student and young adult ministries. He also has a degree in communications from the University of Texas (Hook ‘em horns!) and has an extensive background in broadcasting. But of all the scripts he has been required to learn, he says there’s nothing quite like the joy of saying the words ‘I now pronounce you husband and wife.’ He enjoys it every single time! Ken received the 2016 and 2017 Favorite Minister award from the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners.
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Frank DeLeo Frank DeLeo
Frank DeLeo loves people! Good thing, too, because early in his career he was vice president of a major corporation with more than 1000 employees entrusted to his care. So developing good people skills was a necessity. He has been a mentor to many organizations and received the President of the United States award for community service. Since his calling into the ministry, he has served as pastor, missionary and Bible teacher. In addition, his skills as a motivational speaker and author will not only help you choose the perfect words for your ceremony but will also assure you that those words will be spoken with eloquence. Frank tells his couples, ‘When I share your love story during the wedding ceremony, it’s not because I have to say something–it’s because I have something very special to say.’
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Randy Dicken Randy Dicken
Pastor Randy loves performing weddings! He creates a custom ceremony for the couple, eases the stress of the bride and groom, and ensures that the ceremony is everything they desire … and more! He loves this ministry because he gets to share with each bride and groom the beginning of their life together! Randy earned a Masters degree in Theology from Cathedral College in California. He has planted three churches, been a Police Chaplain, a Bible College Professor, and has written several books for collegiate academic use. Randy and his wife Mari, have four grown children and enjoy spoiling the five grandkids before sending them home with mom and dad!
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Daniel Erickson
Weddings are wonderful! That’s why Daniel and his wife, Debbie, decided to have three ceremonies to celebrate when they got married 40 years ago. Now six children and five grandchildren later, Pastor Daniel is bringing that same joy of celebration to the couples he marries. With his unique multi-cultural background and many years of experience in ministry, business, technology, music and the creative arts, Daniel has a patient, sensitive, detailed, creative and fun approach that helps couples feel comfortable with him as though he’s been a friend for years.
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Sonny Gann Sonny Gann
Sonny Gann believes that ‘marriages are made in heaven’ but they do have to be maintained on this earth. And that’s where his Masters in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Coaching come in. As an ordained minister, not only will Sonny create a ceremony that reflects you and your journey of love, but he also can help prepare you for the blessing of a loving marriage before and after your big day through coaching. Sonny says, ‘Weddings only last for a day, but a marriage lasts for a lifetime…if you take care to maintain it.’ Hmmm…maybe Sonny practices what he preaches, and that’s why his marriage to Pati has lasted for more than 30 years!
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Don Gray
Don is a pastor at heart and a research analyst by trade. In the past, he has worked in higher education analyzing admissions and financial aid data. But the ‘pastor bug’ kept tugging at his heart, so he graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary and now serves as a local church pastor in the DFW area. One thing he loves about being a pastor is officiating weddings. Don says, ‘I love being a wedding officiant because I love marriage and all that it encompasses. Sharing your dreams and the adventures of life with your spouse is so exciting! Go for your dreams–they might just come true–mine did!’
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Keith Long Keith Long
Keith Long has served in the ministry both as children’s pastor and minister of a caregiving group. His outgoing, energetic personality and sense of humor has helped many a bride forget her ‘wedding woes.’ His business development and management expertise also help to guide couples in choosing exactly what they want for their unique ceremony. ‘I believe that each wedding is an original creation of God. Whether it is a religious or non-religious ceremony, I love to help couples celebrate the beginning of the best that is yet to come.
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Chris Marx Chris Marx
After Chris Marx graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary, he served as Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor and Youth Minister for more than 15 years. One of his favorite pastoral responsibilities was conducting wedding ceremonies, making them special and unique to tell the love story of each bride and groom. Chris is known for his warm, easy going personality and his infectious smile. He has never met a stranger! While people say Chris looks like Richard Gere, he has yet to have a ‘Runaway Bride!’
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Larry Maughan Larry Maughan
Larry Maughan has used his background in education, career assistance, communication and broadcasting to encourage, counsel, and provide care to young professionals and older single adults. He holds a Masters degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary and has served in ministry for 35 years, including minister to single adults and the formerly married at a large Dallas church. Whether couples have a religious or secular background, Larry’s passion is ‘to help couples begin their life story and encourage those beginning again with a new chapter.’
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Buster Noah
Buster loves to hear, ‘That’s the best wedding I’ve ever been to!’ That’s when he knows the ceremony was performed exactly as the bride and groom wanted, because if they’re happy, it shows! He makes designing your ceremony so easy and fun that this is one part of your special day you won’t have to worry about. Buster and his wife, Janet, will soon be celebrating their silver anniversary and he believes one of the reasons they have enjoyed 25 wedded years is that they have never stopped having fun and laughing together. ‘Marriage is serious business, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, in fact, I think it’s essential!’
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Phil Pedroza
Phil Pedroza is known for celebrating the good things in life. ‘…And the two shall become one’ is definitely one of those good things. Serving as a pastor with his wife, Marlene, in several churches throughout TX, he has discovered that one of his greatest joys is helping people become ‘one’. Phil believes that marriage is a celebration of two people blending together and forming a new life and destiny through a commitment of ‘oneness.’ Helping the two of you become one would be one more good thing for Phil to celebrate!
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Randy Prouse
Randy Prouse loves being married (24 years and counting!), and wants to help other couples discover the same joys of marriage that he and his wife Yvonne share. Randy has a true servant’s heart, and serving others on the most important day of their lives is something he considers a great blessing. Randy’s ‘real job’ is Pastor of Education and Administration at a church in Garland, but he says, ‘Joining in marriage a man and a woman who are truly in love is the best job a minister could ever have. I love being part of that special moment when they first say, ‘I do.’ It makes my heart smile!’
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Mike Ryherd Mike Ryherd
Mike Ryherd has been in the ministry since 1995. He received his Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University and was pastor of a non-denominational church in Little Elm, TX. Mike and his wife, Trish, have 3 beautiful daughters and live in Corinth, TX. He loves being a husband, a father and a pastor. Can’t you tell? Check out that dimple! Something makes him happy! Mike says, ‘Working with LoveNotes gives me the opportunity to make a marriage made in heaven a reality here on earth. Now isn’t that something to be happy about?’
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Tony Sanchelo Tony Sanchelo
Tony Sanchelo serves as a Chaplain to the Dallas business community. His love and care for people allow him to serve others in the marketplace of life. He is fluent in Spanish and has performed numerous bilingual ceremonies in his 30 years of cross-cultural ministry in both Catholic and Protestant settings. He says, ‘Uniting a couple in marriage is an experience that I cherish, and when I say those magic words, ‘husband and wife,’ I know that I have been witness to a miracle.’
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Ken Savage Ken Savage
Couples say Ken Savage has a calming, radio voice, probably due to his many years in radio and musical performance. Not only is he an ordained minister, but he is also an accomplished guitarist. He plays in the Dallas Praise Jazz Orchestra and has his own R&B band, ‘Ken Savage and the Best Kept Secret’ that performs throughout the DFW area. His creativity, flexibility and years of experience will help you have the wedding you have always dreamed of. Ken joined LoveNotes because he believes ‘Marriage, like music, can create beautiful harmonies to last a lifetime.’
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Marty Younkin Charles (Chuck) Sisneros
Charles (Chuck) Sisneros is an ordained, bilingual minister who has officiated hundreds of wedding celebrations for more than 30 years. He is flexible, fun and full of ideas to make your ceremony meaningful and memorable. Charles says, ‘My favorite part of the ceremony is when the Bride enters the room and the Groom sees her for the first time. That look of love is what makes it all worthwhile. Knowing that I had a part in bringing them together in marriage both thrills me and humbles me. There is no greater joy than seeing two souls united in marriage. Nothing is more powerful and spiritual than this union.’
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PastorRobinSumlin Robin Sumlin
Robin Sumlin is passionate about life and love. His faith has given him a strong understanding of what we are to be to one another; we are called to be a friend. And there can be nothing more exciting in life than to find that one special friend who would become your soul-mate! Robin grew up in Texas and attended Texas A&M and then on to the University of North Texas to study filmmaking. It is through his experience in filmmaking, or story telling, that enables him to tell your love story so that your ceremony will inspire all your wedding guests to live life with a full heart. He says, ‘There is no more inspirational story to be told than that of love!’ Robin would be thrilled to hear your story of love and help turn your ‘once upon a time’ into ‘happily ever after!’
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PastorChrisSutton Chris Sutton
Pastor Chris Sutton is a home-grown Texas boy, graduating from Texas Tech and Southwestern Theological Seminary with a doctoral degree. In addition to serving as senior pastor, he was a volunteer chaplain for a motorcycle ministry which took him behind prison walls to minister to inmates. And if you listen close enough, you might hear Chris singing and playing his guitar (teaching guitar is how he put himself through college). When asked his prescription for a perfect marriage (since his marriage is going on 40 years), Chris said, ‘A perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other. Never give up!’ Good advice from the doctor!
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Al Taylor
As a Pastor and Dallas Police Chaplain, Al Taylor has had the joy of officiating the celebration of love for many couples. For more than 40 years he has shared a great adventure with one special woman, his wife. Al says, ‘I have come to realize that a couple’s life story is written one day at a time. Life is not defined by only one major event. Each day’s journey is anchored by major milestones over a lifetime but is made complete by thousands of small events which make up who we are. Perhaps the greatest of these milestones is when love blossoms in the hearts of two people who want to spend a lifetime together. It is my joy to create a unique ceremony for this milestone that reflects each couple’s journey of love.’
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Dave Tucker
25 years ago, Dave married his high school sweetheart. He and his wife will tell you that they are in the process of ‘living happily ever after.’ Dave has been a minister for more than half his married life, which is not bad considering Lucresia never wanted to be a pastor’s wife! Pastor Dave feels a special calling to minister to young couples getting married. He considers it an honor and a blessing to bring two people together in the bonds of marriage so that they, too, can experience the joy of ‘living and loving happily ever after!’ Dave and his wife, Lucresia, also offer pre-marital coaching through their fun, entertaining program at Cherish the Promise, which gives couples the tools that will help make their marriage thrive and not just simply survive.
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Lou Whitworth
Lou Whitworth was ordained to Christian service with a degree in Pastoral Ministries. He served as a pastor with Campus Crusade in both their military and singles ministries. He worked for 22 years as an editor / writer / speaker for a Dallas organization that explains the Christian faith in classrooms on campuses across the country. Pastor Lou joined LoveNotes because he enjoys interacting with couples and says, ‘They keep me young and make me smile!’ which is extremely important for someone who has a striking resemblance to the ‘jolly ol’ man in the red suit.’
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Joe Zinser
Joe Zinser has served for 15 years as senior pastor in both small rural as well as large inner-city churches. His outgoing, warm, non-judgmental personality makes you feel accepted and puts you immediately at ease. Joe will do everything possible to calm your fears, answer your questions and give you the ceremony of your dreams because it comes from the heart of someone who truly cares about you and your special day. You will never see Joe without a smile and a kind word. There’s a reason they call him ‘Smiley.’ In fact, there is a rumor that Joe was the model they used to make the ‘little yellow smiley face’ you see everywhere.
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