Whoever you are, and wherever you come from…I impart my ministerial blessing upon you and those you hold close to your heart in your life. You are welcome here, as you are. Regardless of your age, race, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, education, social standing in your local community, or any other factor…it makes no difference. I honor you as The Divine Creator honors you. We are all on the path called life. Ministerially and pastorally, I accept people wherever they are in life, embracing them in the love of spiritual perfection, and guiding them to their highest good in this life. I embrace on a spiritual/personal level, those spiritual/religious paths and ideals which exemplify unconditional love, compassion, justice, and equality. As an Interfaith Ordained Minister, and as an individual, I have a special place in my heart for the suffering, the elderly, the dying, minorities, environmental issues, the homeless, and troubled youth. I work and interact with all people from all backgrounds.
My life has brought me to many interesting places and periods of growth, and I am constantly challenged to reach further in that growth each and every day. I am in a long term relationship with my partner and best friend, Dave. We met on October 21, 1994. On October 26, 2009 our relationship was certified and formally recognized as a Domestic Partnership by the State of Washington’s Secretary of State’s office. On June 30, 2014, our Domestic Partnership was legally converted to a married status by the State of Washington, as a result of laws passed on December 6, 2012. Dave and I presently live in University Place, Washington. We moved here from Lakewood, Washington in October of 2014. In my spare time, I enjoy going to movies, reading, spending time with my partner and close friends, and playing with my dog Snowy, a Cocker Spaniel/mix who is nearly 10 years old.
The information on this site represents the essence of my ministry work, and information regarding my church affiliation. Most of your questions about my work can be answered by visiting the developing FAQ page. If I can assist in your spiritual needs in any way, either through ministerial services or pastoral care, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Born: January 19, 1971 – Hartford, Connecticut USA
Education: Master of Science (w/ Graduate Honors): Mental Health Counseling, Capella University (September 30, 2012). Bachelor of Science: Philosophy, Excelsior College (May 19, 2006).
Professional License: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) [Washington State Lic.#: LH60656550]
Clergy Status: ORDAINED – Ministerial Ordination through the Universal Life Church (ULC) on February 5, 2001.
Ministerial Certifications: Church licensed Pastoral Counselor/Adviser – certified on August 16, 2001.
Human Rights Campaign
American Civil Liberties Union
Chi Sigma Iota – Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International
American Mental Health Counselors Association
Washington State Mental Health Counselors Association
“In silence and stillness, spirit is found within.” – Inspired Thought
Eternal Prayer for Spiritual & Personal Growth:
May you walk in the light of love and peace. May God who created you, show you the truth of all things. May your path through life be filled with secure steps. May you have compassion for yourself when trials beset you. May you have compassion for those who suffer in your midst, reminding you of your own humanity as you live. May you always know who you are, as you grow into the person you were meant to become. In the name of God, I honor you…may great blessings always be yours.
– Rev. Berthel