About Our Ministers
A Christian Wedding Ceremony by Ordained Ministers at
The Church of Chapel at the Park, Gatlinburg Wedding Chapel. Just let our wedding coordinators know what is best for you.
The Church of Chapel at the Park
Ministers and Ordination Statement
When you get married at Chapel at the Park you will be married by an ordained Minster. Our staff pastors have been ordained by a local church before beginning their ministry with our church or they were ordained within our church.
Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Lee K Bennett, was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Clinton, TN. by Rev. Hayward Highfill and the Board of Deacons on December 29th, 1974. He has a BA Degree in Religion from Carson Newman College (1973) and a Masters Degree in Religion from Baylor University in Waco, TX granted August of 1975. After having pastored in Dallas, TX, he returned to his home state of Tennessee where he later founded the Church of Chapel at the Park. Since that time, his ministry has focused on couples and marriage. Rev. Bennett was raised by a single mother and understands the importance of couples making a lifetime commitment.
The Church of Chapel at the Park is open to all in a non-denominational loving environment. The primary ministry of the church is to work with couples who seek to form a lifetime relationship with one another. Realizing that the Sacrament of Marriage is a holy endeavor, the Church works to perform marriages in a way that highlights the importance of lifetime commitments.
The Pastors that our church has ordained have come from many denominations and religious backgrounds, including Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic and Jewish traditions. When they were ordained by the Church of Chapel at the Park, they all had one common goal: Serving the Church to create lasting marriages that would become role models to the community in which the couples live.
While most of our ministers have membership and roles in other local churches as well, they have also become valued members of our minister team. Our pastors meet the first Saturday of each month to continue training in working with couples and in Bible study. We also have a more informal study and potluck fellowship on the first Monday or Friday of each month.
The Senior Pastor is available for pre-marriage couples counseling by appointment. These sessions are based on the specific needs of the couple. There is no fee for this service but couples are encouraged to make a donation to their local children's hospital.
If you have made specific pre-wedding arrangements with us to have your own minister, we suggest that you review the officiant requirements with your minister.
If you would like additional information about our church or our ministry, please feel free to contact us.
What Couples have said about our ministers:
"We asked if he would use the vows we had written, and he did." "He used our names so many times during the ceremony that our guests thought he knew us personally.""We were amazed, and pleased, at how their pastor was able to put us at ease, and take the fear out of our special day."
From time to time we use other local pastors, but rest assured they will be ordained and more than capable to provide you with the ceremony that you will remember for the rest of your lives.
On occasion, we are asked about 'Guest Ministers'. We are able to accommodate guest ministers in 2 ways. One, for 1 hour wedding packages, we invite guest ministers to say the prayer. Two, for our 2 hour wedding packages, we invite guest ministers to perform the entire ceremony. This policy is in place as we can not determnine the length of a guest minister's ceremony and our experience in the past is that these ceremonies tend to be much longer than the ceremony of our ministers. We have an obligation to provide a family and friends photo session after the ceremony as well as a "romance portrait" session and if a guest minister's ceremony runs late, we would not be able to provide the photo sessions within the 1 hour reservation time.