Jeff Maszal has been officiating weddings for over 30 years and founded Wedding Ceremonies by Jeff in 2008 after several years in the corporate world. Ordained and a minister in good standing with the United Church of Christ, Jeff is licensed to celebrate weddings in all 50 states and territories – including Virginia, DC, and Maryland. In 2022 Jeff surpassed 3,000 married couples.
Born and raised in Detroit, Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Western Michigan University and his Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary.
Jeff began his career in Detroit as a social worker working with in incarcerated teens.
In Seminary Jeff served a Chaplin at the City Hospital in the inner city of St. Louis and completed his clinical training for pastoral counseling serving a parish in Pennsylvania.
Jeff served as a parish minster in Maryland and then accepted the position of Director of Crisis Intervention Programs for a non-profit, 24-hour suicide/crisis intervention hotline and homeless shelter in the Baltimore/DC metro area. While there he co-authored the Maryland Youth Suicide Prevention Hotline program. This program turned out to be the pilot program for what is today’s National Suicide Prevention/Lifeline Hotline.
After several years in the non-profit sector, Jeff accepted a management consulting position in Northern Virginia. As a management consultant, Jeff worked with Fortune 500/100 companies in the U.S. and the top 100 companies in Europe around the world specializing is delivering quality customer service, maximizing customer loyalty, and maximizing call center efficiency.
Jeff’s work took him to London, England, where he lived for three years. From there he traveled globally. During his travels, Jeff had the opportunity to experience different cultures and world religions.
Jeff has been a regular speaker and workshop presenter at conferences and in the boardroom. A recognized expert in his field, Jeff published several articles in trade publications and served as a subject matter expert on TV and radio, including NPR , PBS and the Wedding MBA.
Jeff is a contributing author to the book Wedding Planning and Management. He also appeared in season 10 of the reality TV show “Married at First Site“. His couple, Jessica and Austin, were the only couple to remained married. He also served as a consult to the program and “legally” married four of the five couples from season 10. Ask him for more fun details.
Jeff is a trained pastoral counselor. He is certified as a Prepare-Enrich premarital counseling facilitator; a certified crisis worker; and certified in administering the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI).
One of Jeff’s personal causes is working with male survivors of incest and child sexual abuse. Because of his work in this field, Jeff was invited to attend the historic two-part Oprah Winfrey show on male survivors.
Jeff currently lives in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA. He and his partner of 16 years Annette, love to travel internationally and spend time watching their favorite sports teams with Roxie and Bear (their two awesome German Shepherds). You can follow bear on Instagram at bear.thegermanshepherd.