Ministers’ Bios

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


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, 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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Barron Bell
Barron Bell is a Texas boy through and through. He is a native of Dallas, TX, a graduate of Texas A&M (Gig ‘em Aggies!) and he completed graduate studies at Austin Presbyterian Seminary. Barron has spent 42 years providing ministerial services to people from all walks of life. His experience includes assisting couples in achieving their goals and dreams for their big day. He believes every bride and groom should be able to say ‘that’s exactly what I wanted’ at the end of their ceremony. He has learned it takes both creativity and sensitivity when working with couples, their families, and their vendors in order to give brides and grooms the wedding of their dreams and ‘keep the peace’ at the same time. Barron says, ‘The wedding lasts for a day, but relationships last forever…if people are considerate of one another. It’s important to keep that in perspective when planning a wedding.’

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Ken Byrd
Ken Byrd, aka ‘the Byrdman,’ has been married for 50 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, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Favorite Minister award from the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners.
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Brian Day
Brian Day is a home-grown Texas boy. He grew up in “the live music capital of the world,” Austin, TX. As a musician, he provided music for weddings and events before becoming an ordained minister and officiant (and, as the officiant at your wedding, sometimes his technical expertise with sound systems comes in handy!). Brian has degrees from both the University of North Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served as Worship Pastor and Associate Pastor at churches in the DFW area for 25 years. One of his favorite quotes is, “All of us are a work of art, and an artist at work.” Brian would love to be the “artist” for your wedding ceremony and create a memory that is a masterpiece!’

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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
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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Ed Gillies
‘Savor the moment’ is a life principle that Ed Gillies lives by. He loves to help make every couple’s wedding the most ‘savorable’ moment of their life. Ed met his wife, Roni, in 1978 at an outdoor ‘Christian Woodstock’ music festival where he was performing. They soon wed and over four decades later, they’re ‘still having fun and she’s still the one!’ An ordained minister, Ed has served as a worship leader, television producer and event coordinator for churches and national ministries in several states over the past 35 years. He has recorded a trilogy of worship albums and recently published his first book. Along the way he’s had the happy honor of ‘tying the knot’ for dozens of brides and grooms, many of whom remain in contact with him decades after their big day. His wedding ‘alumni’ have become part of his extended family and he is grateful for the privilege of being chosen as their ‘knot tyer.’

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Thomas Green
Thomas Green believes that ‘the wedding ceremony is the gateway to a beautiful marriage.’ That’s why he loves marrying couples and to help set the tone for a life full of celebrations. His favorite part of the ceremony is the sharing of wedding vows, because ‘beautiful vows are the nourishment a marriage can feed on for years to come.’ He served as associate pastor in both family and singles ministries for ten years. Thomas has a heart for helping couples enrich their marriages, so he and his wife, Charlotte, teach the ‘Married for Life’ curriculum for husbands and wives. They both believe ‘the best part of marriage is the partnership and transparency gained through time spent together.’ Thomas’s encouraging and positive disposition, along with his personal care and undivided attention will make your journey to the altar one you will never forget.

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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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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 believes that one of the reasons he and his wife, Janet, have enjoyed their 30 plus 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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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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Anne Slagel
Dr. Anne Slagle is a dynamic minister who brings an encourager’s heart with an enthusiasm that spills over to all those around her. She serves our DFW community as chaplain with a voice that is uplifting and compassionate. Dr. Anne is a sought after motivational speaker who challenges you personally while entertaining the audience. After years of developing and directing international women’s conferences, she pursued her goal of becoming a chaplain. Even though that was later in life, she said, “Age is only a number—always reach for your goal.” Anne and her husband, Gary (a former mayor), are part of the respected leaders in their community, yet they are both very approachable and “down to earth.” Her passion for weddings is evident. Years of experience and determination, along with her reassuring smile, gives the couple the confidence that everything will be done “just as we planned.” Anne says, “Being part of a couple’s first steps into the future of a lifetime is both exciting and rewarding.” Maybe that’s why couples feel such a kinship with Dr. Anne, because she listens and truly cares about making this day the best day of their lives.

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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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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.’ When it comes to weddings, whether spanish or english, everyone agrees that Chuck is “muy bueno!”

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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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Ashley Tamburin
Ashley Tamburin is one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet. Beyond her career as a Mortgage Loan Originator, Ashley was a former project manager and designer for a commercial landscaping company. Whether it’s getting down into the dirt literally planting something or dispensing practical down to earth wisdom on her social media channel, “Practical Pearls,” she jumps into everything 150%. She also is a highly sought after speaker who combines common sense principles with God-given humor. When it comes to planning a wedding ceremony, Rev. Ashley will help you “git ‘er done” and have fun doing it at the same time. She will work alongside you with an energy that is bigger than life. Her genuine love for people, sense of humor and quick wit is why she is a favorite in the industry. Ashley says, “I think weddings are the best when you can achieve a balance of celebrating love while having a lot of fun at the same time. Weddings are supposed to be happy…aren’t they?”

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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
Pastor Dave has been performing weddings for more than a decade and has helped create special memories for hundreds of couples during that time. But when Dave arrives at your ceremony, your wedding becomes the most important one of all to him. Pastor Dave received his Master of Divinity at Brite Divinity School, TCU, but before becoming a minister, Dave was a successful wedding photographer, so he understands the moments that make a wedding ceremony truly memorable. With that experience, he will capture those moments in your
ceremony as they unfold. Dave says everyone lives a “storied” life and he loves integrating couples’ love stories into one story to be shared for the rest of their lives. However, joining two storied lives together can be a challenge. That’s why Pastor Dave offers optional premarital counseling, utilizing the comprehensive assessment tool Prepare-Enrich. (Link here) Pastor Dave would love to help you create not only a lasting memory but also a lasting marriage.

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Gerald Ware
Gerald is one of a set of identical triplets who sang all over the United States in the 70’s and 80’s. He retired in 2020 after 44 years in church ministry. For 37 of those years, he served at First Baptist of Richardson, TX in the music and pastoral care ministries. Gerald is a people person who loves bringing out the best in everyone he meets. He has performed numerous weddings thru his years in ministry, both as officiant and soloist. Having participated in planning the weddings of his own two daughters, he knows from the bride’s perspective what she is looking for on her special day. Gerald believes that love is more than just saying, “I do.” Love is a life-long commitment and willing sacrifice of yourself for the betterment of your spouse. “Love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself.” (The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman) Afer 46 years of applying this principle to his marriage, I think it must work!

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Joe Zinser
Joe Zinser has served for 25 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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