List of ministers of the Universal Life Church

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The Universal Life Church (or ULC) is a religious organization that offers anyone semi-immediate ordination as a ULC minister free of charge. The organization states that anyone can become a minister immediately, without having to go through the pre-ordination process required by other religious faiths. The ordination application, however, must be checked by a human in order to be official; therefore, true ordination usually takes a few days. The ULC's ordinations are issued in the belief that all people are already ordained by God and that the ULC is merely recognizing this fact.

The ULC has no traditional doctrine, believing as an organization merely in doing "that which is right." Each individual has the privilege and responsibility to determine what is right for him or her as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. The Church does not stand between the member and his or her belief system.

The following is a list of notable people who have been ordained as ministers in the Universal Life Church.

A[edit]

Eric Anzalone
Name Known for Citations
Eric Anzalone Singer/actor/author member of the Village People [1]
Lewis Ashmore Author [2]

B[edit]

Name Known for Citations
Glenn Beck American conservative political commentator [3][4]
Susan Block American sexologist, author, filmmaker, therapist, cable TV talk show host and cultural commentator [5]
Richard Branson English businessman, investor and founder of Virgin Group [6]
David Byrne Scottish musician, and a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads [7]

C[edit]

Name Known for Citations
Stephen Colbert American comedian, writer, producer, actor, media critic, and television host [8]
Bryan Cranston American actor [9]

D[edit]

Name Known for Citations
Gerina Dunwich American astrologer, occult historian and New Age author [10]
John C. Dvorak American columnist and broadcaster in the areas of technology and computing [11]
Rob Dyrdek American professional skateboarder, actor, entrepreneur, producer, and reality TV star. [12]

F[edit]

Name Known for Citations

G[edit]

Shaenon K. Garrity
Name Known for Citations
Shaenon K. Garrity American webcomics writer, artist and creator of Narbonic [13]
Kathy Griffin American actress, comedian, writer, producer and television host [14]

H[edit]

George Harrison
Name Known for Citations
George Harrison English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as a member of The Beatles [8][15]
Andre Hensley Third President of the Universal Life Church [16]
Kirby J. Hensley Founder of the Universal Life Church [17][18]
Lida Hensley Second President of the Universal Life Church [17]


J[edit]

Jesse James
Name Known for Citations
Jesse James American television personality and former CEO of Austin, Texas-based Austin Speed Shop [19]

K[edit]

Name Known for Citations
Carson Kressley American fashion expert with the television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy [20]

L[edit]

Lady Gaga
Name Known for Citations
Lady Gaga American singer and songwriter [8]
Leo Laporte American technology broadcaster, author and entrepreneur [11]
John Lennon English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founding member of the rock band The Beatles [8][15]
Courtney Love American alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician, actress and visual artist [21]

M[edit]

Name Known for Citations
Paul McCartney English singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer who gained worldwide fame as a member of The Beatles [8][15]
Sir Ian McKellen English actor [23]
Alanis Morissette Singer [22]

N[edit]

Name Known for Citations
Michael Newdow American Atheist, attorney and emergency medicine physician [24]
Gavin Newsom American politician and current lieutenant governor of California [25]
Stevie Nicks American singer-songwriter [26]

O[edit]

Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Name Known for Citations
Conan O'Brien American television host, comedian, writer, producer and voice actor [27][28]
Madalyn Murray O'Hair American atheist activist and founder of American Atheists [29]

P[edit]

Name Known for Citations
Mike Park Korean American musician and progressive activist [30]
Jeff Probst American game show host and an executive producer [31]

Q[edit]

R[edit]

Felipe Rose
Name Known for Citations
Jerry Reinsdorf American CPA, lawyer and an owner of the NBA's Chicago Bulls and the MLB's Chicago White Sox [32]
Felipe Rose Founding member of the disco group the Village People [1]

S[edit]

Name Known for Citations
John Scalzi American science fiction author, online writer, and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America [33]
Kevin Smith American screenwriter, actor, film producer, speaker and director, as well as popular comic book writer, author, comedian/raconteur and podcaster [34]
Gus Sorola Video producer, actor and podcaster with Rooster Teeth [35]
Ivan Stang American writer, filmmaker and broadcaster, and Sacred Scribe with the Church of the SubGenius [36]
Ringo Starr English drummer, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for The Beatles [8]
Vermin Supreme American performance artist and activist [37]
Ron Suresha American author and activist [38]

T[edit]

Name Known for Citations
George Takei American actor, director, author, and activist [8]

U[edit]

V[edit]

Name Known for Citations
Vanilla Ice American rapper, actor and television host [8]

W[edit]

Danny Wallace (humourist)
Name Known for Citations
Danny Wallace British filmmaker, comedian, writer, actor and presenter of radio and television [39]
John Waters American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist and art collector [40]
Jane Wiedlin American musician, singer-songwriter and actress with The Go-Go's [41]
Mike Williams American singer for Eyehategod and former associate editor for Metal Maniacs [42]
Wolfman Jack American disc jockey [43]

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