They mix their professional skills with a wonderful understanding of what ministry is all about.
— David Mains, Mainstay Ministries and “You Need to Know” Television
The refreshing combination of excellent acting, direction, and unusual material…
— Cincinnati Magazine
Friends of the Groom did an excellent job of making us think and laugh and see better.
— Keith Miller, author, The Taste of New Wine
Chicken soup for the Christian imagination.
— The Rev. Dr. Herbert O’Driscoll, author and former Warden of the College of Preachers, Washington National Cathedral
I am thrilled with the material we got on tape...your enthusiasm, professionalism, and commitment made the videotaping session a success.
— Karen Walhoff, Editor, Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis
That was incredible this morning—just beautifully done. And the vignettes were wonderful!
— The Right Rev. William Frey, former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado
Friends of the Groom are thoughtful, side-splitting, creative and soul-provoking. They present characters, poses, accents and attitudes that hold up a mirror (just slightly cracked) to our common journey of faith. Their work at the PAM conference at Montreat, N.C., this year was both biblical and magical. They made the worship sing.
— Dr. Andrew Donaldson, Worship Consultant, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland
Friends of the Groom’s impact was equivalent to how I picture Jesus speaking to a group…Jesus told the stories in such a way …that [those] hearing could actually see the love of God and know that God truly loved them…[In] the stories and scriptures Friends of the Groom shared…I could see the Father’s love for me—and all the participants saw it as well.
— Rev. Steve Farmer, Senior Pastor, Trinity Church and organizer of Operation Barnabas outreach to Greece
It was great to lead a service with a group of people who are just brimming with talent, but have none of the typical ego issues often associated with talent. Thank you for the skills and sensibilities you brought to that service.
— Greg Scheer, Worship Leader, Calvin Symposium on Worship, Calvin College
So many people who otherwise would never come through the doors of [the] church were nurtured...Your creative way of sharing the Good News helped us to see and hear it in fresh ways, and inspires us to give ourselves over to making God’s love visible in a deeper and more vibrant way.
— Eyleen Farmer, Associate Rector, Calvary Episcopal Church, Memphis, TN
A-1, top-notch, fantastic and incredible…
— The Rev. Jim Kellaway, Episcopal Stewardship & Evangelism Conference Planning Team
Hooray…You have successfully lifted the walls of St. Luke’s Church in East Greenwich, Rhode Island off of its foundation!
— Harry Waterman, parishioner
What a pleasure to see liturgical drama that is good theater…A most enjoyable surprise.
— Cincinnati Enquirer
[They] create a world as rich as any George Lucas spectacle...children were drawn to the edges of their seats…
— Cincinnati CityBeat Online
Thanks for the borrowed light that shines through your creative work.
— Thomas H. Troeger, author, and Professor of Christian Communication, Yale Divinity School
fresh, insightful, and theologically sound.
— Marva Dawn, theologian and author of Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down
The presentation had just the right combination of lightness and probing stimulation...for the persons present. Beyond that...was the personal warmth and competence of you and your whole team.
— Dr. Calvin H. Reber, former Director, Dr. of Ministry Program, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.
Fabulous as always
— The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long, author and Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University
There were so many positive responses from the attendees concerning your sharing. Your presentations, both humorous and Biblical, illustrated to us all that, when God given talents are used with devotion and enormous and thoughtful preparations, there will be blessings for all in the sharing.
— Meg Brown, Chair, Win-Some Women Retreats Steering Committee, Mackinac Island
Friends of the Groom cultivated, fostered, and launched many students’ hearts and gifts; therefore, releasing new potential, energy and impact for the Kingdom of God. Two thumbs up for FOG.
— Kim Wajda, Student Care and Guidance, Kunming International Academy
We hope you know how vital your ministry is to today’s church.
— Martha Trussell, Co-Chair, S.T.E.P.S. Conference, Charleston Atlantic Presbytery
Just about the time I think I have heard everything and done everything in ministry, God plants something new and refreshing in my life—so it was for the Friends of the Groom...It made me want to start all over in ministry once again for the excitement you brought to my life.
— Rev. Paul Honaker, Minister of Music, Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia
[F]un and inspiring. What a great combo!
— Stephanie Nash, Director of Music, Lakeside Presbyterian Church
Thanks all of you for such a wonderful weekend. You brought many gifts to us. People are still filled with energy and spirit from the experience.
— The Rev. John D. Talbird Jr., The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee