Rev. Dr. Sarah Halverson-Cano is the senior pastor at Irvine United Congregational Church. She was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2005, after having served as a youth minister for 7 years.
She’s worked with Great Officiants since 2007 when she first co-officiated a wedding with our founder, Alan Katz.
Rev. Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree from Chapman University, her Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology and Doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary.
She is a progressive Christian pastor who believes that weddings can be spiritually grounded, sacred and fun at the same time– finding a balance is what is key.
Pastor Sarah studied Spanish in Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic and can perform bilingual weddings.
Times writer Steve Lopez heralded Rev. Sarah for her progressive ministry and for pioneering same gender weddings in Orange County.
She loves to marry all types of couples!
When she’s not at her church, working in the community or marrying couples, she’s busy being a mom of two! Her family loves to travel and see the world learning about diverse cultures and experiencing good food!
Rev. Sarah in based in Central Orange County and will travel throughout So Cal.
Favorite Quote: “Injustive anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” —MLK
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chip
Soundtrack to your life: Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night
Favorite Disney Movie: Frozen
Favorite Event Memory: It’s always the flower girls…they are so adorable, often so timid, and yet so often steal the show!
Your Nickname: Rev
Notable Wedding Review
Great Officiants is awesome! When we first called we spoke to Alan. He was so friendly and answered all our questions to walk us through the process. We were scrolling through the list of the officiants and chose Rev. Sarah Halverson, because she’s a Claremont graduate and has a sweet smile. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our decision to work with her. Rev. Sarah was a superstar! She met with us before our wedding to get to know us. Which was great because during the ceremony she really made it special and personalized our ceremony beautifully! We had a non-denominational ceremony and Sarah combined a little tradition from both of our cultures – the lasso and the breaking of the glass. Our guests couldn’t stop talking about the ceremony and everyone asked where we found her and complimented on how wonderful she was. Thank you Sarah for such a beautiful, sweet, romantic, memorable ceremony! It was the most intense and exciting half hour of our lives – indescribable! WE LOVE YOU!!!