David Miscavige - International News

As the driving force behind the worldwide program to expand all of the churches of Scientology to better serve their communities, Mr. David Miscavige has traveled extensively addressing hundreds of thousands of Scientologists and non-Scientologists at international Scientology celebrations and events.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Who is David Miscavige?

David Miscavige is the Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center (RTC), a non-profit organization formed in 1982 to preserve, maintain and protect the Scientology religion.

Religious Technology Center holds the ultimate ecclesiastical authority regarding the standard and pure application of L. Ron Hubbard’s religious technologies. Religious Technology Center is not part of the management structure of the Church, nor is it involved in the Church’s day-to-day affairs.

The Chairman of the Board is the most senior office in RTC, and one for which David Miscavige is uniquely qualified. An active Scientologist for most of his life, he first became a Church staff member in 1976 and has since been involved with nearly every aspect of the Church’s activities.

As a young man, Mr. David Miscavige studied to become a Scientology minister and for several years he provided spiritual counseling to parishioners. He later worked closely with L. Ron Hubbard, aiding in the production of instructional films and materials for Scientology ministers-in-training. A few years later, he progressed to international management, with responsibility for the worldwide activities of Church missionaries. In 1987, Mr. Miscavige became the Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center.

Throughout his career, David Miscavige has tirelessly worked to expand and protect the religion. In the early 1980's, he authored the reorganization of the Church’s corporate and management structures, heralding a new era for the religion and years of sustained growth and stability. In 1993, he brought to a close the 40-year war between Scientology and the Internal Revenue Service. He has similarly taken a personal and very effective role in bringing peace and ending past disputes before courts and government agencies, both in the United States and overseas.

As the worldwide ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, a role he has held for nearly 20 years, the church has experienced unprecedented expansion of the religion as a worldwide movement — reflected in more than 7,500 churches, missions and centers across 164 nations — is due in no small part to his unflagging dedication to upholding the purity and integrity of L. Ron Hubbard’s legacy.

Although not a spokesperson for Scientology, David Miscavige is frequently mentioned by media in relation to the religion. He was interviewed by Ted Koppel in a 90-minute segment of Nightline in 1992, which earned an Emmy Award. A year later, Mr. Miscavige was one of a select group of leaders invited by the President of the United States to participate in a conference on religious liberty in the White House Rose Garden. Over the course of the past three decades, he has addressed hundreds of thousands of Scientologists and non-Scientologists at international Scientology celebrations and events. His vision and dedication advancing the Aims of Scientology has resulted in more people stepping onto and moving up The Bridge to Total Freedom than ever in the history of the Church.

Mr. David Miscavige has been the driving force behind the worldwide program to expand all of the churches of Scientology to better serve their communities — to not only become islands of sanity and succor where all are welcome, but to also serve as central points of emanation for the Church’s many social betterment programs aimed at eradicating the crippling plagues of illiteracy, immorality, drug abuse and intolerance.

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