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David Miscavige is Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center (RTC), a non-profit organization formed in 1982 to preserve, maintain and protect the Scientology religion.
David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center
RTC 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. Miscavige studied to become a Scientology minister and for several years he provided spiritual counseling to parishioners. He later worked closely with Mr. 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, Mr. Miscavige has tirelessly worked to expand and protect the religion. In the early 1980s, 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 5,000 churches, missions and centers across 156 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, Mr. 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. 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.
To this end, Mr. Miscavige personally spearheaded the creation and opening of many of these new Churches:
From South Africa, where he was joined by local officials and national leaders, including the Minister of Arts, Culture, Science & Technology...
To San Francisco, attended by thousands, including many dignitaries and government officials...
To Madrid, where he was joined by Mr. Tom Cruise and national VIPs in the fields of law, religion and human rights, including the president of the Spanish Human Rights League...
To Buffalo, where he was joined by the Mayor and the director of the U.S. President's Points of Light Foundation...
To New York, where he was joined by a U.S. Congressman and the Undersecretary of the United Nations. Over ten thousand people attended the opening ceremony.
Some of Mr. Miscavige’s public addresses now stand as historical landmarks in the presentation of the scope of the religion, its programs in society, the activities of its members and worldwide impact. These include his August, 2004 speech before more than two thousand leaders in the fields of commerce, government and entertainment in Hollywood — This is Scientology — An Overview of the World’s Fastest Growing Religion; his address on the occasion of the new millennium and the 50th anniversary of Dianetics and Scientology, Scientology 2000: The First 50 Years; and his inaugural speech before more than 10,000 attendees in Manhattan’s Times Square at the grand opening of the new Church of Scientology of New York.
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