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SAVANNAH, GA – February 10, 2022 – Asbury Memorial Church will maintain its annual Valentine’s Day tradition of a vow renewal ceremony by once again offering both in-person and virtual ceremonies. The tradition of inviting married couples to gather in downtown Savannah’s City Market began in 1996. Now, the 2023 vow renewal ceremony will be held at Asbury’s sanctuary on the corner of Waters Ave. and Henry St. in Savannah, with the option for online participation. The ceremony, led by Asbury Memorial’s Rev. Billy Hester and his wife Cheri, remains free of charge for any married couple, resident, or visitors to the city alike. 

“Cheri and I have enjoyed hosting this ceremony for over a quarter of a century,” said Rev. Hester. “We are thrilled that our virtual platform allows people from all over the world to join us, and that we can host such a special occasion for couples at our church. Any married couple – gay or straight – who would like to renew their vows with us either in person or online, free of charge, is welcome to join us.” 

In person renewals will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Asbury Memorial Church, located at 1008 E. Henry St., Savannah. Couples who would like to join virtually can do so by visiting Asbury Memorial’s website at and following the link located on the home page. 

Rev. Hester and his wife Cheri moved to Savannah in 1991 and worked with the congregation to rebuild Asbury Memorial into a church committed to leading the way as a Christ-centered, forward-thinking, all-inclusive congregation that celebrates the joy of God creatively and is a welcoming and affirming congregation for all. 

For more information about Asbury Memorial Church or the virtual vow renewal ceremony, please visit  

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