Rev. Stephen Valentine

Rev. Stephen Valentine
Certified Premarital CounselorPhoto by: Donae Cotton Photography

Rev. Stephen Valentine has been a minister in multiple church settings for over twenty-five years. He has a great deal of experience as a dynamic speaker to people of all ages and backgrounds. He has been married for 27 years and believes that marriage can be deeply rewarding when a person finds the right one.

Even though his personality is causal, he is well educated and very articulate. He received his B.A. in Pastoral Care from Crown College and pursued his M.A. in Religious Studies from Bethel Seminary. He consistently attends a variety of continuing educational opportunities that keep him well rounded and open to new insights.

He and his wife, Cyndie, have raised their three children in the Twin Cities and are very involved in the community. As a former Pastor in a local church for most of his life, he understands and has the heart to serve people. He has personally counseled and helped prepare a vast number of couples seeking marriage. His warm and personal style creates an ease and comfort level that allows people to enjoy and celebrate those meaningful moments in life!

Though Steve has experienced every feature of professional ministry over the years, he feels his “sweet spot” has always been to celebrate the good things in life. His attitude and message have consistently focused on the positive and uplifting aspects of every situation. He feels his role is not to judge or condemn but to serve and celebrate the uniqueness of each person. That is why he enjoys officiating at weddings and desires to create a memorable environment of love, joy, and acceptance for every couple regardless of the setting or situation.

Steve would count it a privilege to assist you in any way possible as you move forward on this joyous journey of marital union and commitment.


Reviewed on The KnotWe hired Stephen Valentine to marry us and do our pre-marital counseling and he was so great to work with. We got to know him very well in a short amount of time and he really made our ceremony personal and meaningful. So many guests commented on how great our ceremony was which really meant a lot to me. Amazing job!

Ashley & Tom ~ September 29th, 2018

Wedding Wire review: 5/5 Stars
Susan was so nice and detailed and worked with us in getting a ceremony we liked. And she chose the perfect officiant for us: Rev. Steve Valentine. He was wonderful. People were asking how we found him. He brought God throughout the ceremony, which is what we wanted. He was warm and open to everyone and encouraging. We are so happy we went with him as our officiant and his message was inspiring and powerful. Thank you to them!!!

Alicia & Aaron ~ October 5th, 2018

Reviewed on WeddingWire: Susan was quick to response with a phone call and email. Great pricing and flexibility! Everything was planned according to the bride and grooms wishes for how they wanted the ceremony to be. Steve Valentine did the service and vows! We can’t thank him enough! It was beautiful! Many guests commented on the how wonderful the service was and complimented Steve on his words of wisdom and perfect presentation!

Julie (Mother of the Bride), Cara & Martin~August 10th, 2018

Hi Susan, We wanted to tell you how impressed we were this weekend with Rev. Stephen. We got so many compliments on how well he did. Our guest thought we have known him for years. He did such a fantastic job and can’t thank him enough! Again, thank you both so much! 

Stephanie & Andrew ~ April 28th, 2018

Thank you, Rev. Susan and Rev. Steve, for making Matt’s and my wedding so perfect! It went so smoothly and Rev. Steve was great!  Thank you for making the ceremony so “us” and personal.  You guided us effortlessly and comfortably through the ceremony with less nerves than I expected.   The guests really enjoyed your service and messages.  Thanks so much!

Matt and Amy ~ August 19th, 2017

Hi Susan, I just wanted to say how great of a job Steve did on Jon and Elizabeth’s ceremony.  It was touching, beautiful, and appropriately funny as well.  He did a wonderful job and I hope I have the chance to work with him again! Thanks!

Jaime Engebretson, J'aime Events ~ July 29th, 2017

Reviewed on The Knot:  Very professional staff! Our officiant was Stephen Valentine and he was fun, outgoing and kept us laughing. He created the type of atmosphere we were looking for, for our ceremony. They cater to religious, non-religious, or spiritual ceremonies. We had a religious ceremony with our personalities perfectly reflected!

Brianna & Ryan ~ July 22nd, 2017

Reviewed on Wedding Wire We had Stephen Valentine and he was wonderful. Full of energy and kept us laughing, really created the type of atmosphere we wanted for our ceremony.

Brianna & Ryan ~ July 22nd, 2017

Dear Rev. Susan,

I just wanted to send you this e-mail to tell you what a great job Rev. Steve Valentine did at Ethan and Emily’s wedding last month.  Many people came to me after the ceremony asking who he was, and they told me numerous times, what a great job he did.  I cannot even imagine anyone else doing what he did.  His blend of scripture, teaching, and humor were perfect.  The three principles taught in the teaching were right on and what Ethan and Emily needed to hear. So many times, people only get feedback when something goes wrong or isn’t what you wanted.  I want you to know that Rev. Steve did a great job and I was extremely pleased with how everything went.  I think you need to know that.

Rev. Steve, Thank you again for a tremendous job done.  It was evident that God was speaking through you and that many people were blessed through the words that you spoke.  May God bless you and continue to work through you as you continue in this ministry.

Reviewed on “Wedding Wire“: We had Rev. Steve Valentine as the officiant at my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding.  He was absolutely great. It was a perfect blend of teaching, prayer, and humor. His three point message was right on target and was exactly what the bride and groom needed to hear.  Afterwards, there were countless people asking who he was, how we found him, and how much the enjoyed the ceremony.   Quite honestly, it could not have worked out any better.  It was perfect.

Harry (Father of the Groom), Ethan and Emily ~ June 4th, 2016

Affordable I Do’s is wonderful. We worked with Susan who provided us with questionnaires to get a feel for our personality and then set us up with a great pastor Steve Valentine. We custom picked our ceremony options and Steve nailed it! He was more than we could have ever hoped for. Everyone at our ceremony thought he had been our pastor for years. We would recommend Steve and Affordable I Do’s to anyone & everyone! Thank you!

Allison & Marko ~ August 8th, 2015

After trying to find an officiant for our wedding with no luck (we are both catholic but were getting married outside) we met with Affordable I Do’s. Susan was very organized and provided tools to help build our very meaningful ceremony. We also liked that pre-marital counseling was offered now or even years into the future. Our reverend, Stephen Valentine, was a bit overbooked the week of our wedding, which caused a bit of angst, but in the end I couldn’t have asked for anything more from an officiant. He definitely made it personal and meaningful and many guests were in tears with this words. Beautiful day!

Michelle & Chris ~ July 11th, 2015

Posted on Wedding Wire: Dwight and I just wanted to express our thanks to Pastor Steve Valentine. He greeted our family members by name on our wedding day and that really made an impression on them! Our family LOVED him, were impressed by the scripture-based sermon, and said it seemed he had known us as a couple for many years, given all of the details he included in our ceremony. We couldn’t have asked for a more thoughtful, Christ-centered ceremony, which is exactly what we were looking for. We were so pleased and are grateful for the time Steve spent with us on the phone call prior to the ceremony, where we had a chance to get to know each other and he was able to learn a little about us as a couple. He even suggested a few churches we can try as we are looking for a new church home now that we are married.

Susan Lee-Wright was attentive, detail-focused, and found us the perfectly matched officiant for our wedding. She responded quickly via e-mail and phone, and took copious notes from our phone conversations. I felt as if I had known Susan previously to our phone conversations because she was so approachable and such a great listener. She has a passion for what she does!

Kirsten & Dwight ~ September 14th, 2013

Susan and Stephen,

Just wanted to say thank you again for everything.  We had many compliments on our ceremony and in particular, what a great job our officiant did.  From the rehearsal through the ceremony, Stephen was so personable and did a great job making it seem as if he had known us for years.  We were also so happy with the ceremony content that Susan had designed for us. Thank you again!

Brittany & Frank ~ August 11th, 2013

I had the pleasure of watching Rev. Stephen Valentine officiate Rachel and Justin’s wedding and I have to say that he was very memorable. We had a great conversation together for awhile before the ceremony started and there was just something about him that spoke to my heart; he was very personable. Despite the pouring rain during an outdoor ceremony, he had a positive attitude and kept the audience engaged with fun stories, jokes, and a very personal message.

Carly LaVigne, C.Lavigne Photography ~ July 27th, 2013

Rev. Susan, Thank you so much for planning our wedding on such short notice. Thank you, Rev. Stephen, for braving the cold and for your patience! You did such a great job our families are still talking about you! Thank you both for the candlesticks, our home will always have light! God Bless and all the best to you both.

Deidre & Jevonie, September 22, 2012

Dear Susan & Stephen, Thank you so much for making our big day special! We received so many compliments on the ceremony and were asked many times if we have known Steve for years because he made such a connection! Thanks again!

Tina & Tony, August 11, 2012

Dear Rev. Susan and Rev. Stephen, Tony and I sincerely thank you both for being a part of our wedding. We had an amazing Day and are truly blessed. Susan, thank you for taking the time meeting with us and assisting us with our ceremony planning and letting us speak our love through our vows. Our ceremony is something we will never forget and will treasure for a lifetime!

Rev. Stephen, you were fabulous and made our ceremony very meaningful! It was nice that you took the time to introduce yourself to family and interject meaningful things from our brief conversation. God Bless!

Tony & Coreen, August 2012

Reverend Stephen, thank you so much for making our wedding day so special. Your warm and fun personality made everyone feel at ease. We will always be grateful to you for setting a tone of celebration at our wedding!

Ryan & Joni, October 2011

Pastor Steve, Wow… what can we say, you made our special day even more special! Thank you for all the personal touches. Our friends and family felt some welcomed and encouraged. We will always be thankful for your friendship and guidance.

Jonathan & Tracy, July 2011

Steve, you made the renewing of our vows better than the first time! Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into our 25th year wedding celebration. It was first class all the way, and very, very meaningful!

Michael & Sara, Spring 2010