With more than 32 years of experience working for hospitals and hospices, and active military and veteran’s. I established Covington-McGee Wedding & Christian Counseling Chapel to help people who need counseling. My goal is to help people overcome the difficulties through Christian teachings and values. . I welcome the opportunity to be a part of your healing journey and look forward to your success in reaching spiritual peace and happiness.
Dr. Mel McGee (CEO) of Covington-McGee Wedding & Christian Counseling Chapel.Since 1989 she has counseled in various depts in the hospitals and in hospice, home health , active military installations and provided Veteran assistance in benefits.
She has been on various Certified Boards including International Practitioner of Holistic Medicine (IPHM), Alternative American Medicine Association (AAMA), Military Chaplains Association (MCA) , American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) , The National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains (NAVAC), Christian Military Wives Fellowship (CMF) , SACRD (San Antonio Community Resource Directory), Aging & Disability Resource Center, Melanin & Mental Health, Marriage.com.She is a provider for Twogether In Texas pre-marital classes in Texas.
We are Ordained and Board Certified Pastors. We are licensed to Officiate in the State of Texas.
American Marriage Ministries Minister ID: 742515
Officiate Wedding In Office
Simple Wedding? “But Faithbased”
Christian Pre-Marital Class
“We spend most of our lives waiting on that special one. “ Our Pre-Marital Class prepares you for that big day. Benefits of taking a premarital education include:
Enhancing your communication and conflict resolution skills to enrich your relationship
Learning the key components of a successful faithbased marriage.
Meet The Team
Dr Mel McGee
Ron Collins Administrator Of Operations
A Letter From Our Team:
At Covington-McGee Wedding & Christian Counseling Chapel- we understand that pre-marital counseling is a critical component in starting a marriage.Therefore, as Faith-based Christians, we are guided by God to help those in need.
We continue to pray for old marriages as well as new marriages.
For those who are entering in a new marriage we ask you to trust that the heart of God is kind. He is our Wonderful Counselor who always prays for us; there is simply no counselor in this world like Him.“What a wonderful counselor indeed.”
Brides Across America (BAA) is a non-profit committed to loving one another by gifting weddings and wedding gowns to our military & first responders https://www.bridesacrossamerica.com/
Operation Deploy Your Dress’s primary goal is to improve the quality of life of military families by offsetting the high cost of attending formal military functions, especially for junior servicemembers. ODYD currently “deploys” dresses from thirteen brick and mortar shops at installations around the world.
These shops are solely run by military spouse volunteers.
The heart and soul of this organization is the following three pillars: 1. Deploying America’s patriotism one dress at a time
2. Fostering community through volunteerism, while building concrete work experience for military spouses.
3. Upholding military tradition and cultivating camaraderie
Covington-McGee Wedding & Christian Counseling Chapel is the embodiment of my willingness to always help others who need faith and guidance in life. I stand by my word, which is always in line with Christian teachings, and I am committed to helping people live a long life filled with happiness.
Covington-McGee Christian Vision Statement
Our vision at Covington-McGee Wedding & Christian Counseling Chapel is to bring peace; serenity , calmness of heart, mind, body and spirit to All … “The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor, He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. “ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 That time is now.
Is our marriage license free if we successfully complete the 8-hour marriage training course?
Answer: The $60 state portion of the marriage license fee will be waived if you complete an approved premarital training course and present your certificate to the county clerk. Counties may add up to $22 in additional fees to a marriage license. Those local fees will not be waived.
If we complete the course, do we have to wait 72 hours before getting married? The county clerk will waive the 72-hour waiting period for couples who present a certificate of completion proving they completed an 8-hour premarital training course. Once we have completed the premarital training classes and get a certificate, how long is the certificate good for? Answer: The certificate is good for one year and serves as proof that the couple is eligible for the discounted marriage license fee and can waive the 72-hour waiting period.
Can my spouse and I return and take more classes after we are married?
I am currently taking a premarital course. Can I get a Twogether in Texas certificate?
Answer: To get the certificate and a discounted marriage license, the person offering the marriage education course must be a registered Twogether in Texas Service Provider.
Covington-McGee Christian Wedding & Counseling Chapel will issue a certificate provided by the Official Twogether In Texas Program and which has a bar code and serial number to guarantee its authenticity.
Please note your shipping charge is included and you will receive addressed postage paid envelopes to return all correspondence to us. This also covers paid postage charges to ship your Twogether Marriage Certificate that you will need to obtain the discounted marriage license rate. You have exactly one year to purchase your marriage license to receive a discount from the day we issue your certificate.
Bexar County Marriage License Requirements Marriage License Fees: $81.00 – wo/ Premarital Course Certificate $21.00 – w/ Premarital Course Certificate $46.00 – Informal Marriage (Common Law)
Marriage licenses are recorded with the Bexar County Clerk’s office. In order to apply for a license, both applicants must meet certain requirements and must present themselves in person at the County Clerk Marriage office in the Paul Elizondo Tower (101 W. Nueva, Suite 120). If one party is not available to be present, the other party or an adult representative may bring a completed and notarized Affidavit of Absent Applicant for Marriage License. An informal marriage license can be obtained by a couple who has agreed to be married, and after the agreement, they live together in this state and represent themselves to others as married. An absent affidavit application cannot be used for the informal marriage license.
There are two different types of marriage licenses in Texas, and basic requirements are the same for both types of marriage: A “Formal marriage license” A formal marriage license can be obtained from any county in Texas and the marriage can be performed anywhere. If the marriage takes place outside of Texas, contact the appropriate state office, consulate or embassy to learn the marriage requirements for that state or country.
A “Declaration And Registration Of An Informal Marriage (Common Law)“ An informal marriage license can be obtained and recorded by a couple who agree to be married, and after the agreement, they lived together in this state as a couple and represented to others that they were married.
The following information is required on a marriage license application of both spouses, or party A and party B, the information needed for marriage license requirements is below: Both parties must appear in person. Both parties must be 18 and older, or court-emancipated minors 16 and over. Submit proof of identity and age. Must know Social Security number. Must Know city, county, and state where you were born. Effective September 1, 2013 – A person who is incarcerated may not apply for a marriage license.
Marriage ID Requirement Texas: Must have a valid, government-issued picture identification: Driver’s license State ID Passport Military ID Visa Certified copy of birth certificate and valid photo ID
Marriage Residency Requirement Texas: Answer: You do not have to be a resident of Texas.
Previous Marriages : If either applicant has been recently divorced, the state requires a 30-day waiting period from the date of the filed divorce decree, unless waived by the court. Female applicants are required to submit a certified copy of final decree showing their restored maiden name if different from current identification.
Proxy Marriages Texas: Yes, but marriage by proxy in Texas is limited to individuals serving in the military and stationed outside of the country.
Cousin Marriages Texas: Answer:No. Common Law Marriages Texas: Answer:Yes. Blood Test Requirement Texas: No. Blood tests or medical examinations are not required in Texas.
Marriage Witnesses Texas: You do not need to bring witnesses to obtain the Marriage license.
Texas that does not require witnesses at the ceremony.
Online Applications (if applicable): Marriage license applications may be filled out and saved online. However, applicants must appear in person to sign and purchase the marriage license. Please note: additional information will be required of each applicant when the marriage license is issued.
Marriage Officiants Texas: Persons authorized to perform weddings in Texas include licensed or ordained Christian ministers, priests, Jewish rabbis, officers authorized by religious organizations, justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of criminal appeals, justices of the courts of appeals, judges of the district, county, and probate courts, judges of the county courts at law, judges of the courts of domestic relations, judges of the juvenile courts, retired justices or judges, justices of the peace, retired justices of the peace, and judges or magistrates of a federal court of Texas.
Covington-McGee Wedding & Christian Counseling Chapel (Dr Mel McGee) is a Ordained Christian Pastor/ Minister she/her officiate’s weddings.
Do you perform non-religious or civil ceremonies or do I need to get a justice of the peace or judge?
Answer: Yes! A justice of the peace or judge is licensed by the state to perform civil ceremonies only. Whereas, a minister is ordained to perform religious ceremonies, but also is recognized by the state to perform civil ceremonies if he/she chooses to do so. We believe the institution of marriage is ordained of God. Whether a couple chooses to acknowledge God or not in their ceremony is their choice, just as it is our choice to perform civil ceremonies as well as religious ceremonies.
NOTE: If applicant is from Mexico and does not have any of the other forms of identification listed, he or she may be required to show a valid photo ID from the Mexican Consulate
As per Section 2.001 of the Texas Family Code, a marriage license may be obtained from any county clerk's office. Many Texas counties now offer an online application process. For assistance, below are links with marriage license information from the county clerk's offices for some of Texas' most populous counties:
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
If God Doesn't Make Soulmates, How Do I Know They're "The One"?
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
Faithbased Wedding Ceremony :
We come to the venue you have reserved and / or you come to our Wedding Chapel.
We officiate the ceremony
Prior to Ceremony the couple will notify Ordained Minister if they would like to exhange vows
Ceremony Duration: 20- 60 Minutes
Signing and Filing of Marriage License
We believe the institution of marriage is ordained of God.
As Christian’s we want to marry with Faith.
Why Christians should consider a Ordained Church Wedding For the Christian, there is a richness associated with the wedding ceremony and the marriage that can only be fully understood, appreciated, and enjoyed within the context of the Body of Christ. Those of us who know Jesus as the coming Bridegroom have something to celebrate in marriage that non-believers can’t yet understand. Under normal circumstances, then, we would assume that a Christian couple would be highly motivated to solemnize their union in the presence of God and His people. A Christian wedding in a Christian setting is a great opportunity for a man and a woman to confess their faith in Christ and seal their commitment to one another before the eyes of the watching world. In the end, though, here are the two key points that answer your question:
There’s no reason to doubt that your marriage before a Justice of the Peace is valid in the eyes of God.
You can always reaffirm your vows in a specifically Christian wedding ceremony if you want to.
Please Read the Following Prior to Seeing Your Pre- Marital Counselor The Benefits of Counseling
Heal and find resolutions to issues/ concerns that led you to seek therapy.
Develop a better ability to cope with family, marital, and other interpersonal relationships.
Gain a greater understanding of your personal goals and values.
You can always reaffirm your vows in a specifically Christian wedding ceremony if you want to.
The Risks of Counseling
To allow you to make informed decisions about your counseling, Covington-McGee Wedding & Christian Counseling Chapel wishes to make you aware of certain risks involved in counseling.
During sessions, you may experience discomfort and other emotions such as depression, anger, and frustration.
Resolving concerns between marital partners, family members, and other persons may also lead to discomfort and relationship changes that may not be originally intended.
God’s Knot Ceremony
The cord of three strands ceremony (often called "God's Knot" or the Unity Braid Ceremony) symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. It adds a truly unique element to your ceremony that friends and family will remember. The cord of three strands ceremony is a great addition to a wedding ceremony. Couples with strong spiritual beliefs may want to add this short ceremony toward the end of the wedding ceremony. Keeping God at the center of your wedding ceremony will also help you keep God at the center of your marriage. Every time you think back on your wedding ceremony it will remind you of how God is intimately involved in your marriage. The Cord of Three Strands is a symbol of that sacred union created on your wedding day. Marriage takes three; you, your soon to be spouse, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage.
Gold Strand - Represents God The divinity of God is represented in Gold. This covenant relationship is initiated by Him, will be built under His authority, and is intended to glorify Him. Purple Strand - Represents the Groom As a new creation in Christ, the majesty of the Groom is represented in purple. As the husband loves his wife and submits himself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will demonstrate His great love in the marriage relationship. White Strand - Represents the Bride Having been cleansed by salvation in Christ, the purity of the Bride is represented in white. As the wife honors her husband and submits herself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will nurture and strengthen the marriage relationship.
MAKE YOUR Marriage. Everything it is meant to be… LAUNCH LIFELONG LOVE Preparing for a strong and passionate marriage is one of the most important things you’ll ever do.
The SYMBIS Report is incredibly powerful and robust.
If your relationship is getting serious, it’s never too soon to begin the process of exploring your potential future together.
While the SYMBIS Assessment is primarily designed for engaged and newlywed couples, many married couples at various stages find the results to be extremely helpful.
The SYMBIS Assessment will generate a customized report, adding information specific to your circumstances. In fact, a section of your report will be dedicated to issues such as second marriages and blending a family.
This is included in the Pre-Marital Class which is $ 50.00 per couple. The SYMBIS Assessment is not mandatory but it gives a good start on your marriage for years to come.
As soon as both of you complete the SYMBIS Assessment, Dr McGee will be notified and then contact you to schedule your sessions.
This is critical. Every aspect of this assessment is grounded in multiple studies to ensure that the tool is both reliable and valid.
It takes Approximately 30 minutes to complete.
To ensure accurate results each of you will need to complete the assessment on your own without discussing it.
This is optimal. You get better results if you don’t take breaks between questions. However, if you have to take a break and continue later, your progress is saved along the way.
For your convenience, we accept the following forms of payment: Cash App make payments to. $Herdicille No Cash will be accepted
After Pay Credit Card (MasterCard Visa, American Express, and Discover)
HSA (Health Savings Account) and FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
All marriage and pre-marital fees are to be paid before the service is rendered.
Cost of Service The cost of pre-marital class is $50.00 per couple.
The cost to officiate weddings $120-$400.00. We offer After Pay to ease the cost of your wedding.
******Special In Office Weddings $65*******
All payments are due the day before your scheduled appointment. If no payment has been made your appointment will be automatically cancelled. All Payments are final. No refunds. We do not accept insurance at this time. We encourage you to find a provider who accepts your insurance.
We do accept Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards.
If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please contact Covington-McGee Wedding & Christian Counseling Chapel within 24 hours of your appointment. There is a $55 cancellation fee for all appointments that are not cancelled within 24 hours of their schedule time.
Active Military & Veterans Recieve 10% Discount
GETTING MARRIED Once a marriage license has been issued by the County Clerk’s office, it is valid for 90 days from the issue date and is valid in any other county in the state of Texas. (Texas family code 2.001) Per Texas law, there is a 72-hour waiting period before the marriage ceremony may take place, except in the instances of the following exceptions:
If the applicants obtain a written waiver from a judge.
If one of the applicants is an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States; the active-duty military person must show identification.
If the applicants submit the premarital education course certificate from Twogether in Texas.
If applicants are remarrying each other.
Both parties must be present for the marriage ceremony, except in the instance where one party is a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed in another country in support of combat or another military operation and unable to attend the ceremony. Then an adult representative may be appointed to act as a proxy in the ceremony. Officiants The ceremony may be performed by the parties’ officiant of choice. Name Changes If a party wishes to change their name due to marriage, they may do so through the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Social Security Administration. However, the name on the marriage license will not change.
MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS For full details on the requirements to receive a license, please review the requirements for a marriage license application in Bexar County document. Requirements Summary
Both applicants must submit proof of age and identity by a certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate, license, or document issued by the state of Texas or another state, the United States, or a foreign government.
Each applicant is required to present their social security number (if applicable).
The fee in cash or credit card:
Marriage License: $81.00
Informal Marriage License: $46.00
Applicants under 18 must present a certified copy of their court order "Removal of Disabilities of Minority" granted by the state of Texas or another state. (See Requirements for a Marriage License for full details.)
Neither applicant may have been divorced within the last 30 days unless they meet certain exceptions from this requirement. (See Requirements for a Marriage License for full details.)
Additional requirements are listed in Requirements for a Marriage License.
APPLYING FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE Absent Applicant If one party will absent when applying for a marriage license, the other party or an assigned adult representative may represent them when applying. Please review the instructions for an Affidavit of Absent Applicant and the Affidavit of Absent Applicant for Marriage License to be sure that all information has been completed correctly. The County Clerk may not issue a marriage license for which both applicants are absent unless the person applying on behalf of each absent applicant provides to the clerk an affidavit of the applicant declaring that the applicant is a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed in another country in support of combat or another military operation. Military identification is also required for each applicant who is not present to obtain the marriage license. Twogether in Texas When a couple presents the Twogether in Texas Certificate, the 72-hour waiting period after being issued a marriage license and when the ceremony may occur is waived. The Twogether in Texas Certificate is valid for one year from the date the course was taken, and the couple is eligible for a discount of $60.00 from the marriage license fee. Marriage License Application Once all information has been gathered, the parties must fill out either the Marriage License online application or the Informal Marriage License online application as appropriate. The electronic copy will be submitted to the County Clerk’s office and is available for up to five (5) days after submission. After the application has been submitted, the parties should present themselves at the County Clerk’s Marriage Office in the Paul Elizondo Tower at 101 W. Nueva, Suite 120 with all relevant documentation and the fee in cash. No other form of payment is accepted.
License Fees in cash or credit card:
Marriage License: $81.00
Informal Marriage License: $46.00
MARRIAGE LICENSE RECORDING To record your marriage license after your marriage ceremony has been performed you can:
Come into our Bexar County Clerk’s Vital Statistics Department in person and record it.
You may also mail your original Marriage License to: Bexar County Clerk’s Office: Vital Statistics 100 Dolorosa, Suite 104, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Your license will be recorded and mailed back to the address listed on the back of your marriage license.
Note that if you choose to change your name you may want to purchase 2 certified copies for $8 each. MARRIAGE LICENSE COPIES The Bexar County Clerk’s Office is able to provide copies of a marriage license and copies of a Declaration of Informal Marriage certificates if the documents were recorded in Bexar County. The Bexar County Clerk’s Office can provide a copy of a marriage license issued in Bexar County from 1837 to the present day. Only licenses purchased in Bexar County are recorded by the Bexar County Clerk, regardless of where the ceremony occurs. To request a copy of a license purchased in another county, please contact that county’s County Clerk office. Since marriage licenses are public records, anyone may request a copy of marriage license by completing a Marriage License Copy Request Form and submitting it to the County Clerk. Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage Certificate Copies A Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage certificate is not a public record, so only the two applicants listed on the Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage certificate may receive a copy of the Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage certificate. Copies of a Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage Certificate that was issued in Bexar County can be obtained by visiting the Bexar County Clerk’s Office located at 101 West Nueva, Suite B110.