Rob Dyrdek Becomes a Minister, Marries Sister on MTV's Fantasy Factory

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Professional skateboarder and reality TV star Rob Dyrdek uses his Universal Life Church Monastery ordination to officiate sister’s wedding on new episode of MTV’s Fantasy Factory, aired April 2.

Rob Dyrdek with Minister Credentials, © MTV, Viacom Media Networks, 2012

Rob Dyrdek with Minister Credentials

This isn’t a joke. The state of California recognizes me, Robert Dyrdek, as a man of… divinity.

The Universal Life Church Monastery reports that Rob Dyrdek became legally ordained on July 29, 2009, and at that time was already planning to use the ordination to perform this wedding for his sister Denise. The wedding ceremony was featured in Episode 6, Season 5, of MTV’s Fantasy Factory which aired on April 2nd. The episode can be viewed online at MTV’s Fantasy Factory website.

In the episode, Dyrdek’s friends question the validity of his ordination, to which Dyrdek responds, “This isn’t a joke. The state of California recognizes me, Robert Dyrdek, as a man of… divinity.” He is then seen showing off his official ordination credential, wedding officiant certificate, and minister parking pass from the Universal Life Church Monastery. Later in the episode, he rides a zip line wearing a traditional minister’s cassock, and meets with a pastor to practice the wedding ceremony.

Dyrdek is one of a growing number of celebrities to seek legal ordination through the ULC Monastery. Fran Drescher, Star of TV Land’s Happily Divorced, was also recently ordained and officiated a same-sex wedding in New York. Conan O’Brien celebrated the 1-year anniversary of his TBS show last year by becoming ordained and performing a wedding for a staff member.

The Universal Life Church Monastery is a non-denominational church headquartered in Seattle, WA. Anyone can legally become a minister by visiting the website and submitting their information. Its website also features a catalog for minister supplies, and a number of articles about how to perform weddings and other religious ceremonies. The Monastery claims to have ordained over 20 million ministers since its beginning in 1977.

For more information about Rob Dyrdek and MTV’s Fantasy Factory and to watch the episode, please visit the Fantasy Factory website at

For more information about the Universal Life Church Monastery, becoming a minister, or performing wedding ceremonies, please visit

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