Freedom Through Faith Ministries

Middle River, MD

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I do this as a service to the Lord. I hold the wedding ceremony to be sacred. Therefore, I take it very seriously. I do not charge "an arm and a leg" to do the service. I do not go into a lengthy "counseling session" with the bride and groom just to "generate some money" with the end result being the "approval" of the wedding. I believe if the bride and groom to be are adults that have entered into the agreement to be married and have sought the Lord's guidance in doing so - then they should be married. The fees charged are really to help offset some of my expenses and still leave some as a donation to our ministry. I do not take any of the money for personal use. It is all used for the ministry. Therefore, at the end of year, the couple will also receive a letter detailing the donation and they can use that letter for income tax deduction purposes.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Serving the Lord Jesus Christ. The marriage ceremony symbolizes what Jesus will be doing with the born again believers at "The Great Wedding Banquet" in Heaven!
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Location

Middle River, MD 21220

Background check

Complete

Years in business

19

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

63

Reviews

40 Reviews
  • Lisa W. May 21, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Bob was great to work with! Very professional, sense of humor and met our needs in every way ! Our friends loved him and I heard a few couples mention they want him to conduct their vow renewals!
  • Rebekah B. Apr 16, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Perfect
    Great officiant services- timely and professional!
  • Martine H. Apr 9, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Awesome Service!
    Pastor Bob was absolutely wonderful. I am so glad he was able to be the officiant for me and my husbands vowel renewal ceremony.
  • Gabrielle S. Nov 29, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Bob was very helpful...
    Pastor Bob was absolutely wonderful, he walked us through all the steps, knowing that we were young and never married before, he made sure we knew what we were doing. He came to the rehearsal on time, came to the wedding on time, and was extremely nice. Everything did go pretty smooth. The only thing I would recommend is that if you or your future spouse is not religious you need to make sure you have what you want him to say. We were specific that we didn't want the vows to include anything about God, and we didn't want multiple prayers/Bible readings in the ceremony (One prayer and one Bible reading were ok, but not multiples) and he included God in our vows and included multiple prayers/readings... It wasn't a big deal since my husband wasn't going to stop the entire ceremony because of it, but just make sure you are very clear with what you want. He (my husband) was pretty upset about it, but it was what it was, and we are married so mission ultimately accomplished.
  • Raymond J. Nov 12, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    A VERY BLESSED PASTOR
    SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT. GREAT SPEAKING VOICE..AND THANKS FOR BEING AT OUR HOME FOR THE WEDDING AT SHORT NOTICE. YOU HAVE BEEN A TOTAL BLESSING. THANK YOU SO MUCH,
  • Albert G. Sep 6, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Excellent wedding officiant / ceremony
    Pastor Bob did a great job officiating our ceremony. We met briefly beforehand to discuss the particulars. On the wedding day he showed up on time and provided a lovely ceremony. Highly recommended!
  • Zachary B. Jul 13, 2016
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Was punctual, responsive, and great to work with.
  • Miranda D. May 29, 2016
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Bob was wonderful and made our special day unforgettable! He worked extremely well with us and kept in touch and made sure our ceremony was just as we pictured it.
  • Ed H. Apr 17, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Tamara M. Mar 25, 2016
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Bob did a phenomenal job officiating my wedding. I am a very intuitive person and when I met him, right away I felt at ease and after my wedding, I knew I made the right choice. My wedding started late and I was really stressed out but Pastor Bob was professional and patient which immediately calmed me down. I cannot think him enough for making my wedding one of the most beautiful moments of my life.
  • Meagan R. Feb 22, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Roberta O. Dec 28, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Bob Thank you for making our wedding inspirational. Our family really enjoyed your service Have a safe and happy new year Roberta Bowling
  • Maggie S. Oct 29, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Christina F. Sep 22, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Bob was excellent, couldn't have asked for anyone better.
  • Patricia G. Jul 28, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    I truly wish there were more stars to give because of the WONDERFUL job he did. He made sure our wedding started on time, was very professional, and even indulged us in taking an I DO Selfie. He continues to keep in touch and gives us words of encouragement and invites us to activities sponsored through his church. I couldn't have asked for a better Officiant!!!
  • Kim Q. Jul 12, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We had an important guest that was a little lost getting to our wedding and we asked if we could hold the ceremony for a few minutes and Pastor Thibodeau was understanding. We had a wonderful ceremony and received alot of great compliments that he has a great personality and sense of humor to add. So now we look forward to our new journey as Mr. & Mrs.
  • Mary F. Jul 5, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    He was absolutluy amazing and so patient ! Thanks sooo much 💜
  • James G. Jun 29, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Bob was great. Punctual, personable, and took the time to Scout location of wedding.
  • Alison C. Jun 8, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Exactly what we wanted .. Super friendly, nice ceremony with words that really hit home with how we feel. We would highly recommend Robert. Beautiful day thank u mr Thibodeau !
  • Ashley H. May 17, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Irina G. May 4, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Everything was great! Thank you very much!!
  • Bethanie S. Apr 29, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Bob was so wonderful to work with! All of our guest loved our ceremony and how personal he was with us! My sister loved the ceremony so much she is going to use him for her wedding in September! Thank you Pastor Bob for making our big day the best day of oour lives!
  • Lauren O. Mar 20, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    He did very good I am more then impressed with his arrangements and will be using him again in the future!!
  • Candice B. Mar 19, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    The experience with Pastor Thibodeau, was outstanding he was very efficient. He met my husband and I and went through all the steps with us in detail, he answered all of our questions and concerns. I would recommend him to anyone looking for someone to officiate their wedding.
  • Karla G. Nov 7, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Robert was just wounderful, he assisted to our rehearsal , helped us with any questions we had and conducted a wounderful ceremony at our wedding. I will definitely recommend him to any one thank you Pastor Mrs. Andres
  • Ekaterina P. Oct 8, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    I would recommend Robert Thiboudeau to anyone! He is really nice, thoughtful, pleasant person. He made our wedding ceremony special and memorable. He offered the best price and provided amazing service!
  • Jessica H. Oct 7, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    He has been very professional and understanding!
  • Linda E. Oct 6, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Robert performed our wedding ceremony in Parkville at the Carney Road and Gun Club on September 27, 2014. The ceremony took about 30 minutes. Robert followed our ceremony sample perfectly together adding a few messages of his own. We had a rose ceremony that he read the meaning of very clearly which talks about the different faces of marriage and how to handle them with a rose to remember the love for each other. He was on time and did not delay in keeping the ceremony on time. I would have liked him to stay around to give the blessing before the meal but he had told me prior to the event that he usually doesn't stay around so we asked a family member to give the blessing. Our overall experience with Robert Thibodeau was wonderful . I would recommend him if I was asked. Mr & Mrs Daniel Shanahan Sr.
  • Erin B. Aug 26, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    He was wonderful and was very professional. Everyone enjoyed the ceremony very much!!
  • Monique W. Aug 25, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    I really want to thank him. He did a great job. I would recommend him
  • David F. Jul 14, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Robert did such a awesome job at our wedding, he made our wedding experience very special. Pastor Robert knows exactly what he is doing, he made everyone participate in our wedding and my wife and I thought that was perfect. Thanks again pastor Robert for helping make your wedding day special.
  • Amber L. Jun 23, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Bob went up and beyond our expectations. We met with him first about 2 weeks prior our wedding. He answered all questions, and quickly understood our vision. We opted for a traditional ceremony, and he showed up 30 min prior to the ceremony as he said he would. He was able to use the vows I wrote for my fiance and daughter to say their I-dos to. The prayer before the ceremony, as well as the thoroughness of the vows, and his upbeat personality really made it so wonderful. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a pastor for their wedding. It was a truly wonderful experience.
  • Shay O. Jun 19, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We were both truly blessed to have u be the one to marry us . Thank u so much ! And Im buying your book can't wait to read it.
  • Cynthia V. Jun 16, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Kristen W. May 20, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    A wonderful experience Pastor Bob made our service very personal with all the right touches. Even several of our guest complimented on how wonderful the service was and his explanation of the terms of marriage. Pastor Bob is an absolute blessing, I would highly recommend him!!
  • Kimberly W. May 4, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    He was awsome. His performance was perfect. He showed up 30 mins early and helped organize the small details as we didn't have a rehearsal. I couldn't have had a better day.
  • Kristel L. Apr 28, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Bob made us feel very comfortable. He did a wonderful job for the ceremony. Very satisfied !!!! Thanks Pastor Bob.
  • Jennifer A. Apr 11, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor bob was great! He was on time and did such an excellent job. I appreciate everything he did. I would recommend him to anyone getting married. Thank you for everything you really did make our wedding experience perfect! If I could do this all over again we would choose pastor bob again without a doubt. Thank you pastor bob!!
  • Kevin H. Feb 9, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Thanks Bro. Bob for making our cerrmony sich a very special moment for us For those seeking christian ceremony I highly recommend ROBERTwho was very accommodating and performed s wonderful ceremony for us.
  • Jasmine S. Feb 7, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pastor Bob was amazing. Very sweet, kind and professional. He was prompt and timely. He went above and beyond to take care of us. He's a heart warming person and I would reccomend he above anyone else I had found. Thank you Pastor Bob.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Once selected to be the wedding officiant, I will communicate with the person through Thumbtack email. Normally, about 2-3 weeks prior to the wedding, we will schedule a face to face coffee meeting. This allows me to ask pertinent questions of the couple so I can make sure the ceremony is everything the couple is looking for. It is also a chance for them to ask me any questions as well.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I read almost 1 book per month that deals with ministry related topics. I am an avid reader. I attend a ministers conference in Texas every October to maintain my credentials.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
1. Traditional wedding service (or the extended - Episcopalian service - to include attending the wedding rehearsal and our face to face coffee meeting (30 minutes) is $400. 2. If I am not needed at a wedding rehearsal (Traditional and Episcopalian Ceremonies) - I give a $100 discount. The amount of the fee would then be $300. 3. If you are looking for a "no frills" simple ceremony (i.e. Civil Ceremony) - which lasts about 5 minutes - then my fee is $200 (and still includes the face to face coffee meeting).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was called into the ministry in December 1995. I served as assistant pastor in three churches over the years. I attended Bible School in 1998 and moved to Baltimore, MD in 2001. I became Ordained in 2001 and opened a church locally. I was serving as a Police Officer and the time commitments were taking their toll on the ministry. I merged our church with another ministry. I was a Chaplain for our department for four years. I retired in 2011 and entered full time evangelism ministry at that time.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Weddings, Funerals, Evangelism meetings, etc.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You can hire a minister that has his own church. The fees will probably be more. But if you want to hold your service in that church - that's ok. Ask if they will allow you to use the church at a reduced rate, but you would like to have another minister perform the ceremony. Some will say ok, some will say no. It is up to you to decide if that is what you want to pay.