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Chaplain Joe or Reverend Erica at your service-SoCal Clergy Funerals & Weddings

#1 choice for all your clergyman needs serving Riverside National Cemetery, Miramar National Cemetery & private cemeteries & venues.
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We are your So Cal Clergy - Chaplain Joe & Rev. Erica Andersen serving families at Riverside National Cemetery, Miramar National Cemetery, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, weddings at all So Cal venues, Chapel services and more. Calendar wide open. (clergy is not provided at the Nationals unless...

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3 weeks ago
I was in search of a reputable, respectful, & informative individual to conduct my mother’s belated final funeral service; & I was pleasantly surprised by this dynamic duo. They are well-versed in dealing with the complex details of final funeral arrangements; especially, navigating the colossal grounds of Riverside National Cemetery & directing me how to obtain a necessary burial permit, before the big day. Erica was a wonderful, calming presence; relatable, & surprised me with a lovely poignant poem that added a special touch to my Mom’s service. She went above & beyond; presenting me with a laminated copy of “The Dash”— a poem I hadn’t been exposed to; until this long-awaited day to honor my mother, like I always hoped to. The experience was certainly priceless; & definitely worth the service payment…I can’t even fathom coordinating this very emotional service, solo. What a relief, to be guided by seasoned professionals; while, sorting through our personal world of grief.
- Elise R
a week ago
Reverend Erica was nothing short of amazing! I was planning a military memorial service at Riverside Nat'l Cemetery. Looking for clergy to officiate, I contacted Chaplin Joe & Rev Erica. Wow! Was I glad I did. From that call forward, Rev Erica provided a wealth of information; contacts, protocol and helped me and in the preparation. I had no idea there was so many moving parts in a military memorial. I am forever grateful to them for sharing their expertise. The memorial with Rev Erica officiating was absolutely beautiful. Many thanks
- Randy C
a month ago
My husband passed away after a 2-year battle with cancer. As a navy veteran, he wished to be interred at Miramar National Cemetery. Chaplain Joe and Reverend Erica Andersen came into my and my family’s lives exactly when we needed them. I am forever grateful for their guidance and experience in arranging his ceremony. Chaplain Joe gave my husband a powerful and passionate tribute and the bagpiper’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” at the conclusion brought tears to my eyes. Reverend Erica provided us with pictures and videos of the ceremony so we could share the experience with family and friends who could not attend. I am so grateful for the beautiful send-off given to my husband.
- A. M

Former RNC Employee-Chaplain Services

Regarding funerals:   

Dear family & friends,   

May I extend to you my sincerest condolences for the loss of your loved one & I look forward to being of service to you & your family. I’d like to introduce myself, as a Chaplain, I've been officiating Military Memorial Services at Riverside National Cemetery, Miramar National Cemetery, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery & many local Southern California Cemeteries for many years. Plus, I worked for the VA at the local National Cemetery for many years. And, on a side note, I have also been officiating weddings since 2006. I'm available to conduct Memorial Services for those who are in need of a Chaplain / Clergyman, providing a service that is personalized to reflect the personality & lifestyle of the deceased. I serve all military branches & all religious beliefs, plus civilians & their families. High profile services are also a specialty I am requested for. Officiating Memorial Services is my primary function, but the spiritual support of the bereaved is my utmost concern. I also offer house blessings & cleansings, & Celebration of Life services. I can be your Emcee at your event or a Keynote Speaker. I’ve had the pleasure to work with many Southern California Mortuaries, & I would be honored to serve the families in your care. I am available to assist families in the preparation of Memorials & with the protocol of the Riverside National Cemetery & the Honor Guard Detail. When I worked for the National, one of my jobs was to oversee the volunteers there so I know all of them. So, you are in good hands. Riverside National Cemetery is the largest & busiest National Cemetery in the United States & services are on a strict timeline. I have structured my services to include the basic elements of a Memorial Service within the time allotted & I do my best to honor your loved one. I extend you my sincerest condolences & pray the lord comforts you with his peace.   

My wife & I are the only "Husband and Wife" Clergy team in Southern California. We are your So Cal Clergy Team. My wife, Rev. Erica is an amazing Clergy / Clergywoman (check out our testimonials/ratings). She is the only female Minister in Southern California serving Riverside National Cemetery & LA National Cemetery. She also covers Miramar National Cemetery & Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery when I am already booked there. You can hire me or my wife, Reverend Erica (see letter below). We are both first come, first serve & non-denominational. God Bless.   

Chaplain Joe Andersen, USN Ret 
951-757-5875 (phone/text) (email) 
Dear Families & Friends,   

Let me introduce myself. I am Chaplain Joe's wife since 1994. At several of my husband's commands, I was also the Navy Ombudsman (liaison between the commands & the families). I also served as Activities Coordinator who planned events for the spouses & children at those commands. Having been a military spouse myself all those years, I thrive at being the best choice for your Clergy / Clergywoman needs. I am a Minister, but I prefer to identify as a Reverend. I am here to serve your family at your Veteran or Spouse committal memorial service at Riverside National Cemetery or Los Angeles National. I also know all the staff at Riverside National Cemetery as my husband worked there for many years after retiring from the Navy in 2010. I know their procedures as well. I also can cover Miramar National or Fort Rosecrans National when my husband can't. I can also do your loved one's service at a private Cemetery or the Chapel service at your local Funeral Home. I will give your Military loved one a proper "God & Country" service that I know they deserve and/or create the perfect spouse service. And I am the only female clergy in the area with 5 star reviews. If you are seeking an Officiant for a wedding, you won't be disappointed hiring myself or my husband Chaplain Joe. Please check those amazing reviews/testimonials to see why we are your best fit for your Clergy needs & you can see our best website with so much info on it at - I look forward in hearing from you.   

Reverend Erica Andersen 
951-757-5232 (phone/text) (email)


Regarding Weddings:    

Hello & congratulations on your upcoming wedding! *I’m Chaplain Joe Andersen & I have been officiating weddings throughout Southern California since 2006. If you are searching for the perfect Officiant for your wedding, I would be honored to meet with you & help you put together the perfect ceremony for your special day!       

About Chaplain Joe *As a non-denominational Christian minister, I have had the honor of marrying loving couples throughout the Southern California. Although Christian in faith, I understand that everyone comes from different backgrounds & different faiths. Because of this, I officiate weddings in all styles, religious or non-religious. Whatever your faith we can work together to find you the perfect ceremony. I served 20 years in the United States Navy, then continue to serve Southern California doing weddings after I retired.    

My wife & I settled in Lake Elsinore in 2003. In our free time we like to try new restaurants in the IE & go on rides on my Harley Davidson motorcycle with our fur children “Sir Benjamin Waffles & Madame Presley Pancakes” in the sidecar. You can often find the 4 of us riding around the local area exploring. My wife is also Clergy & can provide services as well.
What makes me different from all of the other officiants? *I have learned over the years that the ceremony really does set the tone for the rest of the day. My goal is to create a ceremony that is a reflection of you both, your personalities, values, & beliefs. I always conduct a personal interview with the couples I work with (in person or on Facetime or Messenger or Zoom) to make sure I have the background I need to create a very unique & memorable ceremony.  You would think that this is something every officiant would do, you would be surprised to find that it's not always the case. Some officiants will simply offer you a selection of pre-written templates & ask you to choose the one you like best. Then they simply swap-in your names. I am a Veteran & also want to offer the best Military ceremonies one can offer. I like to offer my couples many different opportunities like the sharing of wine, or of sand which is nice if you are combining families with children who all participate together, gender reveals, & many other extras that no other Officiant offers. Plus, if you are a fan of Elvis Presley, I can do your wedding dressed like him with special Elvis vows.   


Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA 92518 
(951) 653-8417       

Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122  
(858) 658-7360       

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, 1700 Cabrillo Memorial Dr., San Diego, CA 92106 
(858) 658-7360       

BEST Recommended BAGPIPER-Darrell Calvillo 
(626) 826-0381 calls/text        

Van Buren Florist (Riverside/Perris area) Owner Alissa 
(951) 789-6275 (M-F) or Email: (anytime) 
(Must call/do not order online & mention Chaplain Joe or Reverend Erica for FREE delivery & set up)

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