Our ministry is based on the belief that our constituents' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of the services we provide are for our established families or corporate groups, and from "word of mouth" referrals. We are a proud consecutive recipient of the Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Awards (2012-2017).
The Reverend Michael J. Calderin, MA, CAP, CMHP is the Senior Pastor and Administrator at Saint Jude Ministries. Reverend Michael Calderin oversees the operations of the entire ministry, including the Pastoral Internship and training program. Reverend Michael J. Calderin is a sought after motivational speaker who is often requested by corporate groups, professional athletic teams, celebrities, and others.
Rev Michael earned a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor’s degree in Community/Human Services from the State University of New York at Empire State College. Reverend Michael J. Calderin is an Adjunct Professor, Certified Mental Health Professional, Certified Addictions Professional, Certified Recovery Residence Administrator, Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and a Nationally Credentialed Victim Services Professional. Reverend Michael J. Calderin completed his ministerial and chaplaincy training at New Directions Institute while providing spiritual guidance to those suffering from mental illness. For those seeking a civil ceremony, Rev Michael is also a Notary Public, State of Florida.
Reverend Michael J. Calderin served at the Broward County Sheriff's Office in Fort Lauderdale from November 2000 through December 2012. He held several positions throughout his 12 years of service, rising to the rank of "Commander" in 2008. He received several letters of commendation for his distinguished service. In July 2012, Reverend Michael Calderin was appointed to be the first National Chaplain for the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Reverend Michael J. Calderin was appointed in 2008 as the Florida Coalition Administrator/Chaplain for the National Police Defense Foundation, and he served through 2015. Prior to being ordained as a minister, Reverend Michael Calderin completed his counseling internship at New York Presbyterian/Columbia-Cornell Medical Center, where he subsequently served in the Department of Psychiatry for over 10 years prior to his relocation to Florida.
Reverend Michael J. Calderin is involved in various community partnerships and organizations. In September 2013, Reverend Michael was appointed to the board of directors at the Mental Health Association of South Florida. In September 2012, Reverend Michael J. Calderin received an honorary membership to the South Florida chapter of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) for his community service. Reverend Michael J. Calderin was appointed as a board member of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Broward County in January 2009, and served as their Governmental and Community Relations Liaison.
Reverend Michael J. Calderin is also a member of the following community based organizations: National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Organization for Victim Assistance, Fraternal Order of Police, Shomrim Society of South Florida, Association of Retired Hispanic Police, and the International Police Association.
Rev. Michael is the recipient of many distinguished awards, including: Shomrim Society of South Florida "Person of the Year"; B'nai B'rith Citation for Community Service; New York 1 News "New Yorker of the Week"; Broward Crime Stoppers President's Award; Broward County Sheriff's Office "Award of Excellence"; and has been decorated over 20 times during his service to the New York City Police Department, from 1987-1998.
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The Reverend Michael Somberg, MS, BS is a 38-year veteran of law enforcement service, having retired in December 2012. Through the years, Michael has not only been a public servant but has served on numerous organizations as a volunteer and serving of the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs and the YMCA. He has volunteered his time to the Miracle League as well as other organizations devoted to special needs children.
Michael’s dynamic personality as well as his sense of humor and appreciation of the solemnity of the event will provide you with a wonderful memory of that most special day. Michael is a husband and proud father, and he understands the balance between the responsibilities of life and work.
Academically, Michael Somberg holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree from Florida State University-GO NOLES!! He is one of the select few law enforcement professionals who has ever been chosen to be a Senior Executive Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where his area of interest focused on public policy issues. Michael completed his pastoral training and residency at Saint Jude Ministries. For those seeking a civil ceremony, Rev Michael is also a Notary Public, State of Florida.
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