Reverend A. Benae Colbert
Founder & Owner
Rev. A. Benae Colbert was born in Houston, Texas from a lineage consisting of Cherokee shamans and traders, as well as ancient and medieval Welsh peoples, tracing her bloodline back to French and Portuguese royalty. Often found striding up to ceremonies in her black cowgirl boots, Reverend Benae is a true GRIT (Girl Raised in Texas) and 7th Generation Daughter of the Republic of Texas.
Reverend Benae holds BA and MA degrees in both Communications and Psychology and was raised in a "progressive" Southern Baptist household. Dancing, smoking, and a little cussin' here and there were allowed. So were the occasional drink and public display of affection, as well as independent thought. So you're thinking by now, "How can you call that Southern Baptist?"
I consider myself an old hippie, even though hippies are a thing of the past.
Well, let's just say that behind Reverend Benae lies a host of unique relatives, contradictions, and complications that formed the very unique and spiritual woman we know today -- some might say a hippie cowgirl.
As a young girl, instead of having pretend tea parties with her dolls and teddy bears, Benae instead performed weddings with her Barbies and her cats and dogs. Thank goodness she eventually grew up!
Around 1994, Benae was invited to a commitment ceremony in Austin, Texas through some friends. She did not know the couple but was forever changed by the experience. The minister conducted the ceremony to a teary-eyed backyard congregation, joining two souls in love and life in a way that Reverend Benae had never known. It was at that time that Reverend Benae secretly wished she could do the same for people and has since made her wishes come true.
"With all the things I've accomplished in my life, nothing has brought me more joy than marrying people. I guess that makes me a little selfish, but that's okay. "
Located in Austin, Texas, Reverend Benae is a legally-ordained Interfaith minister and spiritual counsel with a specific focus on ceremonial rites and represents many experiences and backgrounds. CFL is a ministry offering traditional and non-traditional wedding ceremonies, including holy unions, same-sex unions, commitment ceremonies, handfasting, and civil ceremonies. Rev Benae also conducts baptisms, blessings, invocations, and last rites and presides over funerals and holiday ceremonies.
Reverend Colbért is no stranger to the difficulties and joys of human relationships, and the general task of living life to its fullest. In the course of her quest for knowledge, she has studied Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, read the Holy Bible, is deeply influenced by her Native American traditions in spirituality, and believes that a simple life is the key to happiness.
Benae shares her life with her wife of 19 years, Anna, their son, Andrew, and a menagerie of cats and dogs (who are blissfully not married to each other.)