Reverend Carl Johnson
- 65 Glen Rd
- Garner, NC 27529
- (919) 320-7428
|Rated 5.0 in 39 Reviews|
- Rated 5 stars by Candy and Rich Moss
Rev. Carl wrote and conducted an intimate, meaningful ceremony that really reflected our marriage. The special inclusions were wonderfully performed and so well appreciated by our families. Truly, we feel we found the best minister available. We are so glad our director recommended Rev. Carl. He was engaging with all our friends and family. We recommend him as the best for couples who want a ceremony just for them. Rev. Carl gave us a wonderful beginning and he'll renew our vows.
- Rated 5 stars by Judy and Craig Collins
Such a fun, wonderful, meaningful ceremony! We booked early on with Rev. Carl. We got to know each other over several meetings, numerous phone calls, innumerable emails. We started out as a stressed couple trying to put a wedding together and ended up as an unstressed family. We incorporated meaningful parts to our ceremony, such that our family and friends were part of our marrying, not just observers. Wonderful, entertaining, fun, exceptional! Rev. Carl will provide that for you as well.
- Rated 5 stars by Megan and Kent Ardoin
We so enjoyed working with Rev. Carl to make our ceremony about us, and it came out perfectly. There were laughs and tears, all at the right times. Our ceremony was a perfect intro for our journey into marriage together. Family and friends remarked at how fun and enjoyable our joining was, and many said they wished they'd had as much fun when they got married. Rev. Carl was exceptional in every way. We would give him 10 stars for all the work he did with us and for us.
- Rated 5 stars by Eva and Keith
Last minute, no notice change in orders. It's hard being a military family. Searched online and found Rev. Carl. He was the answer to my prayers. As a veteran, he understood the pressures we were under and the time sensitive aspects. With his phone discussion, we were able to craft a personal and quite meaningful ceremony for our closest family and friends here at Ft. Bragg. He was everything we could wish for and his delivery of our service was perfect.
- Rated 5 stars by Michael and Kelli
Our situation was not like most. With Michael incarcerated, I was unsure of where to turn. When I met Rev. Johnson, I can honestly say I felt like I was seeing a long lost relative. Rev. Carl really had to fight for us since the NC DOC was really dragging their feet, but we were very lucky we had Rev. Carl! Even with the venue we had, I can honestly say that there were no walls around Michael, Rev. Carl and me. This was the perfect wedding and I can't wait to plan our renewal of vows with Rev. Carl.
- Rated 5 stars by Melody and Gregg
We searched and read up on so many ministers. We asked our coordinator who she’d recommend. She said she recommended one minster to everyone. We read the reviews on him and decided we would interview him. Rev. Carl was easy to talk with and we looked forward to meeting him. He was timely and offered us many different ideas that we could incorporate. We knew within 15 minutes of meeting him that he was the minister for us. Needless to say, the service he performed for us was about us, and our friends and family gushed about how perfect he ceremony was. With 12 in our bridal party, I was amazed that he knew everyone’s name by the time the rehearsal began. His method of reaching out to the younger kids was perfect and they behaved and performed better than we had hoped. They enjoyed being a part of our wedding, which isn’t something you usually see with small kids in a ceremony. Our parents were well pleased with him, and, as it turns out, he and my father had served in the Army at the same base in California at the same time. They traded war stories and it seemed like Rev. Carl had known our families forever. Rev. Carl was perfect for us and answered every phone call and email and was always proactive with solutions that we incorporated into our service. Rev. Carl was the answer to our prayers. We referred him to one of our guests whose wedding will be in May. They are meeting soon. I’m sure their service will be just as memorable as ours. Rev. Carl is so down to earth and his whole outlook is to make a wedding couple's day special.
- Rated 5 stars by Tina and Marcus
We had a special challenge that most couples don't have. The bureaucracy that we had to fight seemed stacked against us. The facility where Marcus is located wasn't working with us at all. I looked for a minister who would help us. Most of them were judgmental and dismissed our needs without a second thought. I finally found Rev. Carl and he immediately told me to not give up on things, that he had helped other couples in our situation. Within a month, Rev. Carl had contacted the powers that be, gotten a finalized plan for our wedding, and then worked with me to make sure it would happen. Regardless of the challenges that were put before us, Rev. Carl kept telling me to keep my eyes on the goal, and that everything would come together. There were times when I felt that I had no one to help or lean on, other than Rev. Carl. He was patient with us and helped us to get married, in spite of all the difficulties. He seemed invincible and had he not been so quick to jump on things that popped up, I feel I'd still be fighting the state to get married. Marcus and I spoke our vows and are married and Rev. Carl will perform a family service when we can all get together. Now I know why Rev. Carl gets such good reviews. He really does commit to making a wedding happen, and is such a great inspiration. He truly kept the faith with us.
- Rated 5 stars by Beth and James
We had been looking for an officiant who would work with us to make a marriage ceremony but not too religious. We're more spiritual and don't belong to a church. We read reviews and reviews and spoke with several officiants. We met with Rev. Carl and knew within 5 minutes that he was the officiant for us. We appreciate how he wrote a ceremony for us that reflected how we came to be together, the things we liked to do, and how those could be incorporated into the wording of our ceremony. Between numerous phone calls and emails, he wrote at least 20 edits and changes of a ceremony we began to work on a while back. Our ceremony was perfect for us. It was fun and memorable and our friends and family felt included in the ceremony, rather than just being the audience. Kind and thoughtful, funny and entertaining, and all inclusive... Rev. Carl was exceptional.
- Rated 5 stars by Renee & Steve
Rev. Carl did a great job for our wedding. We really enjoyed working with him! He was alot of fun and kept us in the loop. He is a great choice and I am glad we picked him to help share in our big day.
- Rated 5 stars by Shannon and Bret
Rev. Carl was amazing! He was with us every step of the way to ensure we had a ceremony that really reflected us. Every idea we had, he made happen! We feel very blessed to look back on a wonderful wedding ceremony. When it came time for pictures, he saw that Grandma could not walk well to a destination down the street. So, he got his car and brought her to us. Now, that is truly from the heart! Rev. Carl did not stop there. He made a very personal blessing thanking people who have served in the armed forces or who were teachers. Rev. Carl goes above and beyond! He has given us a lifetime of memories from our special day!
- Rated 5 stars by Sara and Cameron Bottoms
We interviewed several officiants for our wedding. We chose Rev. Carl based on his experience and his personality. When we met with him, he seemed to understand what we wanted and wanted to avoid in our ceremony. All throughout the intervening months, he kept in frequent contact and shared his insights to points we raised, including many of our suggestions and pointing out how some might detract from the ceremony we wanted. He was tactful and patient, and we agree that his suggestions made our ceremony work for us. I can't imagine having had anyone else to have married us, as friends and family shared with us then, and many times since, how special our ceremony was. Rev. Carl was a godsend for us. His service and counsel went far above the service we anticipated. Knowing him now as we do, we should't have been as surprised. Best. Officiant. Ever!
- Rated 5 stars by Barabra and Phil Lasker
Rev. Carl was the perfect minister for us. Phil was raised Catholic and my family is Baptist. Rev. Carl created a beautiful service and ceremony that brought separate families together. As a military family, we appreciated him tying military service and sacrifice into our ceremony and his special box ceremony and guidance on how to make that work for us together or when Phil is deployed brought many tears to the ceremony. Family and friends said that after the ceremony, that they felt like Rev. Carl had known us for years, as he personalized the ceremony and really highlighted the things important to us. Excellent minister, counselor and now family friend: all reasons to choose Rev. Carl for your wedding.
- Rated 5 stars by Mandy & Kyle
We wanted more than getting married at the courthouse, but not a church wedding, as we consider ourselves spiritual not identifying ourselves in a particular religious belief. We looked all over to find a minister and interviewed several. Glad we chose Rev. Carl. He's not preachy or bound by tradition. He made our ceremony about us. Easy to communicate with and always open to suggestions and changes, he provided us more than we asked for. Extraordinary services for us, and for you, as well. Will gladly recommend Rev. Carl to our friends.
- Rated 5 stars by Kristin & Barry Mickle
What can I say... Rev. Carl is awesome! He is personable, friendly, caring, very interested in your needs and wants, and helps to make your special day that much more special. He did ours! I am still hearing from my guests on how great Rev. Carl was and people are asking, where did you find him? I could not have picked a better person to be a part of my ceremony. Rev. Carl has some great ideas to include in your ceremony, can help keep little ones busy if need be, etc. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you meet with Rev. Carl and SERIOUSLY CONSIDER him to officate your wedding ceremony. We would and will recommend him to anyone in the future. Thanks again so much Rev. Carl! You left an everlasting impression in our hearts!
- Rated 5 stars by Geoffrey and Tumika Morris
Where do I begin? Geoffrey and I were planning on getting married in City Hall (downtown Raleigh), due to some recent medical issues that developed with my husband, within two weeks of the wedding, we both realized that the City Hall venue would be much worse than having the wedding in a Chapel. This presented another problem, we would need a minister. Where would we get a minister in such a short period of time. Since we are of two different Christian faiths, we could not get married at my church and with Geoffrey's recent stroke, he couldn't remember if he belonged to any church. Thus began my search for a chapel and minister. With prayer at the forefront, I found a Chapel and they referred Rev. Carl to us. Only having 2 1/2 weeks prior to the wedding, I was in fear that we would not be able to book him. Not only was Rev Carl available, but this Minister was able to work miracles... Thank you Jesus. Rev. Carl was flexible and professional, and very personable (what a blessing). Anyone that is a NC fan is ok with Geoffrey and I (smile). Rev Carl worked with us diligently in planning the ceremony, and this was an additional blessing. He responded quickly to phone calls and emails and made changes as quickly as I could come up with them (hee, hee, hee). I am grateful, thankful and blessed to have had the opportunity to meet and work with this amazing Minister. I pray that God will bless him and his family abundantly for the kindness he showed my husband and I. Rev. Carl truly made us feel that our special day was truly about US! Thank you Rev. Carl, thank you Jesus!
- Rated 5 stars by Diana and Jefffrey
We had plans for a big wedding later this year. Our military orders changed all that and in a short time, Reverend Carl really guided us and helped us coordinate our wedding, rehearsal, cake, DJ, photographer, hotel for guests... the whole shooting match. Through his patient guidance, we were able to pull things all together in a short time and enjoy a special wedding. Now we know why he's the top rated officiant. You can trust his guidance and experience. Add to that how easy he is to work with and you have the perfect choice for your wedding minister.
- Rated 5 stars by Cory and Jean Paul
We are so glad we found Rev. Carl to perform our wedding for us. Through tons of emails and frequent phone calls, he kept us oriented to making our ceremony a reflection of us. With half of our family and guests coming from Haiti, we had a lot to tie together. Surprising us, Rev. Carl even delivered some of our ceremony in French. JP's family laughed at Rev. Carl's introduction and apology (In French) for mangling the beautiful language. He then said, (again, in French) that it was ok for them to laugh at his accent, which he said came from the South of France. During the reception, you couldn't tell that many of JP's family had just met Rev. Carl. He was great with names and kept all of us entertained. Rev. Carl was thoughtful and inclusive of both families and we feel we got off to a great start. Rev. Carl's special touches on our ceremony really came through and mean a lot to us. From start to finish, Rev. Carl always kept us in the loop and made us feel special. His gift to us was thoughtful and his words and ceremony were so beautiful. It was an enchanted beginning for us. Look no more for your minister. Rev. Carl will give you the best of all possible ceremonies.
- Rated 5 stars by diane voss and Kurt Voss
Everyday I have the chance to work with officiants and vendors. I work in the wedding industry and know how easy it is to have the same ceremony for each bride and groom. I was honored to have Reverend Carl Johnson as my officiant because he made it special for Kurt and I. Reverend Carl knew that Kurt and I wanted to keep it fun and loving. He got to know us and plan the ceremony with a rustic theme to it. I love him and he will always have a special place in our hearts. Reverend Carl keeps it stress free and relaxing.
- Rated 5 stars by Brandy and Billy
So glad we met up with Rev. Carl. He immediately bonded with us and our 6 yr old (even brought a toy to keep him occupied) and offered examples of ceremonies that he had developed. He listened to us to make sure he understood our needs, rather than try to push a canned ceremony. With frequent email and phone check ins, we enjoyed a beautiful ceremony that was written just for us. Our family and friends remarked how refreshing it was for a ceremony to be about the bride and groom with references to things they had done together with family and friends, rather than some old tired script that's been used for years and years. Our families truly felt joined together by our wedding, and Jonathan, our son truly enjoyed his special part and the special payoff. My mother remarked how cute that part was and how special the pictures will be of it. It was a perfect ceremony, delivered with life and fun, and brought us as close together as Rev. Carl promised it would. We highly recommend choosing Rev. Carl to officiate your wedding. His focus on our wedding allowed us to not stress over it. He was helpful with our vows and was engaging with everyone at the wedding.
- Rated 5 stars by Karen and Dave
With a New Year's Eve wedding, all the hoopla to go through, the competing holiday stuff, I began to think we were nuts planning to marry on 12-31. Rev. Carl reassured us, often, that we wold be able to tie this all in, and make it a surprise for our friends and family. So, a little before midnight, Rev. Carl married us and we had a jubilant celebration. His planning, wonderful suggestions and ideas, and especially those crazy ones we told him we wanted to do - he accomplished. Rev. Carl was easy to communicate with, always proactive, and made sure we had the wedding we dreamed of having. His special inclusions into our ceremony really showcased us, and our friends and family loved the ceremony. Glad we chose Rev. Carl. He made this so much less stressful than we thought it would be. Will definitely call him for our vow renewal.
- Rated 5 stars by Stephanie and David
What can we say? We're a military family whose plans changed because of orders. With little time to make our wedding happen, we were lucky to have found Rev. Carl. He met with us, gave us several ideas, and made us feel completely comfortable in crafting our ceremony. He was a constant reassurance that things would be as we wanted. Even with last minute changes, Rev. Carl delivered a ceremony that brought two families together. He was like a conductor of an orchestra that had never practiced together, yet he brought it all together for us. Family and friends remarked at how fitting and beautiful our wedding was for us. That's because Rev. Carl made this about us. I can easily recommend him to you, as I have for other couples. Great communicator and entertaining as well.
- Rated 5 stars by Amanda Lambert
We could not have been happier with Carl as our officiant! I'm so glad I found him online! He went above and beyond the call of duty, was flexible with just about every aspect of the ceremony and ALL of my family and friends were asking where I found him! My parents loved him as well as friends in their 20's. There is nothing 'stuffy' about Reverend Carl Johnson and I would recommend him to anyone who needs an officiant!
- Rated 5 stars by Amanda & Kyle
Rev. Carl did an amazing job.. he was easy to work with and get along with. He made our wedding ceremony very meaningful and made sure everything was 110%. We knew from the initial meeting that he would meet our expectations. He is very thoughtful and I would highly recommend to soon-to-be brides and grooms to pick Rev. Carl, you'll be nothing short of happy!
- Rated 5 stars by La'keysha and Ronald
We are a couple from different backgrounds. We wanted someone who could help us blend parts from both our families and until we found Reverend Johnson, it seemed like we would never be able to do it. Our families and traditions are important to us and we included 4 generations of family members in it. Reverend Johnson was engaging and thorough at our first meeting and let us know that whatever we wanted, he'd help us to achieve. We were able to blend traditional items with our special items. Reverend Johnson also included a special surprise to us, that we had not rehearsed, but which was perfect and brought many in our audience to tears. We asked him to also include a 'jumping the broom' ceremony' probably not something he'd done. We underestimated him. He assured us that it was our wedding and it would be magical. When it came time for the broom portion, he presented its background to the audience, as Ron's family had never heard of it. Alluding to keeping our married feet grounded in the values that our families had raised us with, he then called our grandmothers to the front (unknown to us they had discussed this after our rehearsal and it surprised us all) and they were a part of our ceremony. It was a joyful ceremony, and the entire ceremony was talked about at our reception, afterwords. So many positive comments were made about Rev. Johnson, his ability to reach out for us and to us, and the beauty of the wedding service. We are so happy that we found Rev. Johnson. He went out of his way to make sure he understood our needs and then surpassed our expectations in delivering them. Ron and I highly recommend Rev. Johnson.
- Rated 5 stars by Molly and Craig
We interviewed several officiants. Thanks to the reviews here and on other sites, we felt that we knew something about Rev. Carl before meeting him. We now know that the reviews didn't even come close to providing a description of Rev. Carl and his service. We chose Rev. Carl because he placed our needs first. After we met with him, we discussed how much more interested in us he was than in his fee. He told us at the first that if the personal chemistry wasn't right, then the money didn't matter and that he saw his role as more than just the minister, but as our 'Go To' guy for problems. Over the course of 8 months, we emailed, telephoned, and met up to make sure that our ceremony was perfect for us. It was! Rev. Carl offered us several options for our ceremony that reflected our personal desires as well as our family's expectations. He conducted the rehearsal with ease, and endeared himself to the entire wedding party, even our niece and nephew (flower girl and ring bearer) and our families. At the wedding, the children did their parts and got a big 'high five' from Rev. Carl for their jobs. Needless to say, the kids weren't stressed and neither were we. Our ceremony was heartfelt and meaningful. No doubt there are many officiants out there. We're glad we kept searching until we found Rev. Carl. His way of easing our stress, understanding our needs, and doing whatever he could to make this wedding ours was evident in his preparation and follow through. When we renew our vows, he'll be the first to call on our list. 5 stars doesn't begin to describe Rev. Carl. He truly has a gift for helping couples to find the words by which they will marry.
- Rated 5 stars by Becky and Jordan
We can;t say enough about how pleased we were that we chose Reverend Carl. This has been a 14 month process from beginning to end. At each step of the way, Rev. Carl was there for us, always cheerful and ready to reach out to help us. Even though our ceremony was a quite formal affair, Rev. Carl kept the attitude warm and enjoyable. His conducting the rehearsal was impactful, easy to understand, and made a flawless wedding ceremony. His unique ability to relate to the toddler ring bearer and flower girl was shown when they both did what we all wish that toddlers would do, listen to his simple instructions and carry them out without a hitch. My sister remarked that she didn't think they'd do it without a meltdown and was pleasantly surprised. Our parents were particularly happy with the special recognition that Rev. Johnson suggested we do. We like that it tied together two separate families. Our love box portion brought forth tears from many in the audience, and the wedding party. Rev. Carl had only lightly referred to this in the rehearsal, so only Jordan and I knew what was coming. Rev. Carl's explanation of this was beautiful and so deeply felt. Both MILs told us that this was the most beautiful thing they'd ever seen in a wedding. After all Rev. Carl did for us, leading to a marvelous and heartfelt ceremony long after we met him, he even send US a thank you note for choosing him to be a part of our beginning. We can't say enough about how thorough Rev. Carl was in responding to our many questions and decisions. My sister asked Rev. Carl if he'd be available for her wedding next year. Jordan and I are completely happy with our choice of Rev. Johnson. 5 stars just isn't enough. You'll be happy with Rev. Johnson, we know.
- Rated 5 stars by david and ashley hansen
He was amazing! He was always available, had great ideas. Living in Virginia, we had to get a marriage license in North Carolina. He gave us easy directions to Henderson. He met us there and helped the process go smoothly. The wedding day was beautiful. It was short, sweet, personal and to the point as I asked. He made us laugh. He truly was the best
- Rated 5 stars by Leslie and Rob
We can't say enough about Rev. Carl's work with us. We began this process, unsure of what to ask or who to ask. We met Rev. Johnson and he was able to answer most of our questions immediately. We wanted a ceremony that reflects us and our relationship, and he provided that by frequent and ongoing contact. As he explained it, as our ceremony would progress, there was less of him and more of us that was prominent. Both our families raved about how exact our ceremony was us, and how it captured our spirit. His special preparation and willingness to do what it took for us to be completely happy was evident every step of the way. Both my mother and Rob's commented that they cried throughout the ceremony, especially the love letter box portion, and remarked that they wished their ceremonies, back in the day, had been this personal. From start to finish, Rev. Johnson was the answer to our prayers. Look no further for an officiant. Rev. Carl is the 'go to guy' for perfect weddings. He'll be our only choice for our vow renewal. We highly recommend him for you.
- Rated 5 stars by Matt & Sandy
Rev. Carl married us a little over a month ago. We had spoken to a few other officiants prior to finding him, and were getting worried that we wouldn't find anyone we would click with. Then we met up w/ Rev. Carl. He was awesome right from the get go. He helped us along the process, gave us some wonderful ideas for a nice ceremony (which we took him up on), and was enthusiastic to include our own slightly zany ideas. He really wanted the ceremony to scream 'Matt and Sandy', and it did just that. We actually had him act out a bit of the wedding ceremony from the movie 'The Princess Bride'... if you've ever seen it, you probably know what we're talking about... everyone was surprised and absolutely loved it, including us. We still keep in touch w/ him and his wife today, and I'm sure it'll last long into the future. Looking back on our day, there's no one we'd rather have marry us. I'm sure once you meet him, you'll be hooked; just like we were. We plan on getting our vows renewed at some point in the future and when we do, you can be sure we'll ask for his time once again.
- Rated 5 stars by Timothy and Jessica
Timothy and I were very happy when we found Rev. Carl. He was very supportive and walked us through the entire process. We had a very short time to plan our wedding and Carl helped/supported us the entire time. After the first time meeting with him, Timothy and I already felt like we had known Carl our entire lives! He is so warm and friendly, we knew instantly he was the perfect person to marry us. Carl understood what we wanted in our ceremony, it was almost like he read our minds. He made our ceremony personal and beautiful, everyone was in tears! We could not have asked for more and We cannot thank Carl enough!
- Rated 5 stars by Karen and Ron
Ron and I are so happy We found Carl. We were getting married in Raligh area however we live near Charlotte. We were also running short on time. Its hard to meet someone on the Internet or by Phone however Carl put us at ease right from the start. He came to my Nieces house where we were having our small wedding and made everything perfect. He also had Emailed the vows to Ron so he could make changes that were right for us. We were blessed to find Carl. Thank you again for being so easy to work with.
- Rated 5 stars by Kristen
I saw his name on Google with many others, I'm glad I decided to call him. He hasn't married us yet, but I can promise this process he has been GREAT! I would recommend him to any couple! Well worth more then 5 Stars.
- Rated 5 stars by Kathi and Art
We found Rev. Johnson here through our wedding coordinator. Since we were out of state, and most of the wedding party traveling to NC for our wedding, he played a key role in helping us to navigate the different requirements for a license, and developing our ceremony. He kept in constant communication with us, and made sure that our wedding ceremony was perfect. Our wedding ceremony brought tears of joy to many in our families and helped us to join together. Excellent communicator and thoughtful attention to detail. You'll be glad you chose Rev. Johnson.
- Rated 5 stars by James and Tammy
We consulted with Rev. Carl after attending a friends wedding that he officiated at. He was easy to talk with and made sure he understood exactly what we wanted in our wedding. We were able to blend in the traditional parts of a ceremony with our personal choices. He was always available and responded quickly to every email and phone call.
- Rated 5 stars by Lisa and Tom
From initial consultation to final edit of our ceremony, to rehearsal and our wedding, Rev. Carl was was such a welcomed influence who helped reduce the stress and enabled us to find the words of our hearts to share with each other. Friends and family alike have commented how perfectly our ceremony 'fit' us, and it was in large measure to Rev. Carl's work and support. He'll be our first choice for our vow renewal, and we heartily recommend him.
- Rated 5 stars by Tiffany and Mark
We could not have asked for anything better than the service that was provided to Mark and I. It was the most wonderful day of my life and I am so thankful that Carl and his wife Gwen, were able to be a part of it. I would highly recommend Rev. Carl to anyone I know, along his wife Gwen for her wonderful photography skills. The two of them together truly made it a day we will never forget!
- Rated 5 stars by Lynda and Ted Anderson
When we met Reverend Carl Johnson we immediately knew he was right for us. He scripted a meaningful ceremony that held deep significance for us and our family. He was a welcome addition to our wedding party. His warmth and great sense of humor were truly appreciated. He was perfect in every way!
- Rated 5 stars by Mike and Lori Kelly
Reverend Carl was such a blessing to us as we united our lives as one. He was patient and kind and made sure that our ceremony was exactly how we wanted it. Our perfect wedding was made possible in part by him going the extra mile and making sure we were totally pleased. We can't thank him enough for the memories of a lifetime!
- Rated 5 stars by Tara and Ryan
Selecting a wedding officiant can be stressful, planning a ceremony can be even more stressful - the ultimate is actually pulling off the ceremony on the big day. Rev. Carl eliminated any/all feelings of stress. He was supportive throughout the entire planning process and the ceremony was heartfelt and genuine. Look no further, Rev. Carl will exceed your expectations. This message is from a very happy newlywed couple!