David Mayo

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David Mayo
Born New Zealand
Residence unknown
Nationality American

David Mayo is a former member of Church of Scientology and affiliated organizations.[1]

Mayo is best known for being the leader of the Advanced Ability Center, a breakaway organization of the Church of Scientology.[2]

The Advanced Ability Center was established by Mayo after leaving Scientology in February 1983 – a time when most of Scientology's upper and middle management was removed following the formation of the Religious Technology Center (RTC) and RTC head David Miscavige's restructuring of the church.[3] David Mayo had been L. Ron Hubbard's own auditor.[3] The Advanced Ability Center later became the Theta International movement[4] and was also known as the Church of the New Civilization.[5]

Mayo taught material from the Operating Thetan levels of the Scientology organization in the Advanced Ability Center.[6] A division of the Advanced Ability Center was closed down again in 1984 under pressure from the main organization.[3] According to Perspectives on the New Age edited by James R. Lewis and J. Gordon Melton and published in 1992, the Advanced Ability Center formed in Milan was in competition with the Scientology organization in Italy.[7]


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ Santa Barbara Independent
  3. ^ a b c Nordhausen, Frank; von Billerbeck, Liane (2008), Scientology. Wie der Sektenkonzern die Welt erobern will (in German), Berlin: Ch. Links Verlag, pp. 278, 288, 302, ISBN 978-3-86153-470-9 
  4. ^ Abgrall, Jean-Marie (1999). Soul Snatchers: The Mechanics of Cults. Algora Publishing. p. 294. ISBN 978-1-892941-04-6. 
  5. ^ Richardson, James T. (1988). Money and Power in the New Religions. E. Mellen Press. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-88946-852-8. 
  6. ^ Lamnot, Stewart (1986). Religion Inc. Harrap. p. 97. ISBN 0-245-54334-1. 
  7. ^ Lewis, James R.; J. Gordon Melton (1992). Perspectives on the New Age. State University of New York Press. p. 277. ISBN 978-0-7914-1213-8.