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TX Caterer Saves Wedding Day by Serving as Backup Officiant

Published Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, 2022

Illustration by Jessica Levey

Pastor-turned-BBQ Caterer saves the wedding ceremony by serving as backup officiant



A Texas restaurateur saved a couple’s wedding ceremony when their pastor didn’t show up, by serving double-duty as wedding officiant. 


Related: Why every small business owner should get ordained NOW


Patrick “Jube” Joubert of Jube’s Smokehouse in Fort Worth, Texas, had already arrived at the wedding location when soon-to-be-weds Sarah and Luis Garcia discovered their pastor wasn’t going to show up to marry them. 



Photo from Jube's Smokehouse website gallery showing three employees in bright red shirts smiling together in the Jube's restaurant

At Jube's Smokehouse, in Fort Worth, Texas, via



While the couple scrambled to find a solution to save their ceremony, the bride’s mother jokingly asked Joubert if he was ordained. 


“Fact about it, I am,” he told her. (via NBC DFW)


As it happens, Joubert is the former pastor of a church on the south side of the city, called The Fellowship Church of Fort Worth. He studied at Houston’s College of Biblical Studies, and served as a licensed preacher for decades before retiring to pursue restaurant ownership (and making the best barbeque around) full time. (via Fort Worth Magazine)


Joubert quickly stepped in to serve up a ceremony the couple and their guests won’t soon forget! 


Jube’s Smokehouse caters special events in the Fort Worth area, and specializes in BBQ meats, chicken, brisket, smoked sausage, and ribs, with specials like a garlic creole chicken that looks out-of-this-world good. 


Wonder if Jube’s will add wedding services to the menu now, too? 


Get the full scoop in Scott Gordon’s article for NBC DFW. 





All wedding professionals should get ordained, just in case… 


Caterers, Photographers, Wedding Planners, Coordinators, even DJs! 


This is a great reminder that ALL wedding professionals should get ordained in order to be able to serve as backup wedding officiants. 


‘Backup Officiants’ are just what they sound like: These are the heroes that step up to officiate a wedding at the last minute, when an unexpected disaster strikes and a primary officiant isn’t able to make it to the ceremony. 



You never know when you might be asked to save the wedding day!




Get ordained in Texas! 

How to Become a Wedding Officiant in Texas



Friends and family members can perform wedding ceremonies in Texas if they’ve been ordained. Get ordained online with AMM to get started.




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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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