Suntree minister ready to strengthen ties that bind

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s just one or 20, it’s going to be very special”


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Gus Kruze will perfom the vow renewal ceremonies at the Senior Safari at the Brevard Zoo at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7.

VIERA VOICE Amy Blalock

Ordained minister Gus Kruse believes zoos are perfect spots to enhance romance and he’s ready to help couples renew their vows at the Senior Safari & Wellness Walkabout and Boomer Guide Expo Friday, Feb. 7 at the Brevard Zoo.

“I have a thing about zoos and dates,” Kruse said.

“I think they’re great for couples, because they bring out the kid in all of us.”

“I’ve never done a recommitment ceremony before, but I’m ready for as many couples as we get,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s just one or 20, it’s going to be very special.”

Kruse takes his responsibilities very seriously. He once had an opportunity to do weddings on a daily basis, but eschewed the revolving door approach that the job entailed.

“I want people to understand the decision they are making,” he said.

Kruse knows firsthand the heartbreak of divorce. His parents separated when he was just 5 years old. In 1998, he, too, went through a divorce, despite his best efforts.

A member of the Church of the Avenue, Kruse has been an ordained minister since 1996, primarily focusing on evangelism and mission work.

“My family has traveled to approximately 19 different countries with our mission work,” Kruse said.

“We’ve been to every continent except for Asia and Antarctica.”

He and his family raise funds to cover the costs of these trips by doing everything from cleaning houses to hosting evangelical gatherings.

Most of the previous weddings officiated by Kruse were performed for members of his church’s youth groups or for his own family members. Vow renewals at the zoo will be a memorable occasion not just for the couples involved, but for Kruse himself.

“I am really looking forward to it,” he said.

For more information or to RSVP to renew vows, call 321-242-1245. VV

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