Founder, Director, & Head Officiant
Philip Lingle is the Founder, Director, and Head Officiant of Asheville Marriages. He is a Humanist Celebrant who has truly followed his passion, and takes great pride and pleasure in guiding couples through one of the most important events of their lives.
Philip enjoys a healthy lifestyle in Asheville, NC with his radiant wife Jennifer, their two fun-loving pups, Rhythm and Tasha, and the newest member of their family, Bryton! They can frequently be seen frolicking at dog parks, hiking mountain trails, or jumping into rivers. Phil and Jen love to spend time with their friends and delight in all the attractions that Asheville has to offer, such as local music, breweries, restaurants, chocolate, and just soaking in the vibrant energy of their eclectic city.
Philip has a B.A. in Philosophy from Lenoir-Rhyne University and an MLA (Master of Liberal Arts) from UNCA. He taught Philosophy at AB-Tech Community College for nearly ten years before dedicating himself full-time to Asheville Marriages. As a Philosophy Instructor, he derived great satisfaction from teaching his students how to think for themselves and explore the most important questions in life. He now finds fulfillment through connecting with like-minded couples and guiding them through the process of creating and performing their wedding ceremony!
Philip had a great childhood in the Lutheran Church where his late father was a minister and highly respected community leader. However, as he reached adulthood, Philip struggled with some of the fundamental beliefs of his tradition and began to explore other spiritual customs, study world religions, and absorb every bit of philosophy that he could. This experience was deeply gratifying and ultimately enabled him to discover and embrace his authentic self.
Philip became interested in officiating weddings in 2007 after a friend asked him to create and perform a unique ceremony for her upcoming wedding. She told him that he was the perfect person to officiate her wedding because of his eloquent way with words, his calm energy, and his knowledge of a wide variety of wisdom traditions. The wedding was a great success and the experience was so rewarding for Philip that he decided to continue to officiate weddings for couples with diverse spiritual beliefs.
Philip’s background and life experiences make him uniquely suited to help interfaith couples, as well as those who have secular or non-traditional spiritual beliefs. He has truly followed his passion and takes great pride and pleasure in guiding couples through one of the most important events of their lives.