Chris Highland

Chris has enjoyed officiating in wedding ceremonies for over 30 years—and he’s still a “young guy” who loves celebrating love! Now a Humanist Celebrant and freethinker, Chris served as a Protestant minister and Interfaith chaplain in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years.

With his deep love of nature, Chris has assisted couples in creating wonderful ceremonies in a variety of sanctuaries including gardens and vineyards, churches and chapels, forests and beaches.

He has co-officiated with a rabbi and a Hindu priest, and has even incorporated a Star Trek theme for one couple and Star Wars for another (he performed one wedding at Skywalker Ranch, with George Lucas in attendance!).

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Chris has degrees from Seattle Pacific University (Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy) and San Francisco Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity). His years as a chaplain taught him to be “passionately compassionate” with each person, advocating for equality and justice.

In his teaching and writing, Chris “builds bridges” to connect people with nature and to encourage building a community based on diversity. What better image for bridges of inter-connection than a marriage! Our rituals of love are the best symbols for our common humanity.

Chris and his wife Carol (a Presbyterian minister) live in Asheville, where Chris teaches courses on Freethought and writes a weekly “Highland Views” column for the Asheville Citizen-Times. He would be honored to help you create a beautiful and meaningful wedding ceremony. If you would like to learn more about him, visit his website: www.chighland.com.