List of Scientology officials

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This is a list of Scientology officials and former officials who have served prominent roles in the Church of Scientology and its leadership.

Officials[edit]

Image Name Lifetime Notes
Adams, BobBob Adams 1946– A former professional American football tight end in the National Football League,[1][2] Adams served in 2004 as senior vice president of the Scientology organization's Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), a nonprofit founded by Scientology members in 1988 to supervise Scientology-affiliated entities Narconon, Criminon, The Way to Happiness, and Applied Scholastics.[3] Adams worked in 2006 as a media executive for the Scientology organization out of its offices in Hollywood, California;[4] he was a vice president of the Church of Scientology in 2006.[5] He held the position of vice president of public affairs for the Church of Scientology International in 2009,[6] and was a Reverend within the organization.[7][8]
John Carmichael
Carmichael, JohnJohn Carmichael 1947– President of the Church of Scientology in New York.[9] He became an ordained minister with the Church of Scientology in 1973,[10] and has served as President of the Church of Scientology in New York since 1987.[11]
Tommy Davis
Davis, TommyTommy Davis 1972– Spokesman and director of Celebrity Centre International, Los Angeles.[12][13][14] Listed as an "International Spokesperson" on Scientology Newsroom, the Church's official media resource center.[15]
Feshbach, JessicaJessica Feshbach 1976– Joined the Sea Org in 1994,[16][17] In 2005, MSNBC characterized Feshbach as a "Senior Scientologist",[18] and Fox News Channel called her "a high-level Scientologist" within the organization.[19] In 2006, MSNBC described Feshbach as, "a high-level Scientology practitioner and member of the church's influential Feshbach family".[20] Feshbach began working with assistants to celebrity Scientology member and actor, Tom Cruise,[21] in April 2005; she attended to Katie Holmes.[22] By 2009, Feshbach had become a public spokesperson for Scientology;[23] as of January 2011, she is listed as an "International Spokesperson" on Scientology Newsroom, the Church's official media resource center.[15]
Gaiman, DavidDavid Gaiman 1933–2009 Former Scientology spokesman,[24] public relations director of Scientology in England.[25] Father of fantasy author, Neil Gaiman.[26]
Goodman, LeisaLeisa Goodman Human Rights Director, Church of Scientology International.[27]
L. Ron Hubbard
Hubbard, L. RonL. Ron Hubbard 1911–1986 Founder of Scientology.[28]
Mary Sue Hubbard
Hubbard, Mary SueMary Sue Hubbard 1931–2002 Wife of L. Ron Hubbard, Head of the Guardian's Office—former legal and public affairs branch of Scientology.[29]
Jentzsch, HeberHeber Jentzsch 1935– President, Church of Scientology International.[30]
Miscavige
Miscavige, DavidDavid Miscavige 1960– Chairman of the Board, Religious Technology Center.[29]
Kendrick Moxon
Moxon, KendrickKendrick Moxon Prominent Scientology attorney,[31] previously member of Scientology division the Guardian's Office.[32][33]
Pouw, KarinKarin Pouw Spokeswoman,[15][34] director of public affairs for Church of Scientology International,[35] and member of Office of Special Affairs (OSA).[36]
Stith, MichelleMichelle Stith President of Church of Scientology of Los Angeles branch.[37]
Weiland, KurtKurt Weiland Director of external affairs, Office of Special Affairs, and director, Church of Scientology International.[38]

Former officials[edit]

Image Name Lifetime Notes
Gerry Armstrong
Armstrong, GerryGerry Armstrong Former member of Scientology's Sea Org, whose members "occupy the most essential and trusted positions in the senior churches in the Scientology hierarchy";[39] went on to become an outspoken critic of Scientology.[40] While a member of the organization, Armstrong was "officially authorized by the Church of Scientology to write a biography" about L. Ron Hubbard.[41] He left the organization in 1981.[42]
Mark Rathbun
Rathbun, MarkMark Rathbun Former president[29][43] of the Religious Technology Center;[44] later left the Church of Scientology and took part in a St. Petersburg Times exposé on the Church; today practices Scientology outside of the Church,[45] operating a website that "has become an online community for what he calls 'independent Scientologists'."[46]
Mike Rinder
Rinder, MikeMike Rinder 1956– Former executive director of Office of Special Affairs International (OSA).[47]
Aaron Saxton
Saxton, AaronAaron Saxton 1974– Former member of the Commodore's Messenger Organization,[48] and senior official within the Sea Org;[49][50][51] later a prominent whistleblower whose exposés prompted debates in the Australian Senate.[49][50]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  26. ^ Rubin, Joel (October 1, 2005). "District Scrambles to Ensure Human Rights Event Is Religion-Free; Officials were unaware of Scientology's role in the international forum at Jordan High in Watts". Los Angeles Times. p. B4. 
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  50. ^ Davies, Melissa (November 26, 2009). "Video - A New Zealander's whistle-blowing about the church has made it all the way to the Australian parliament". 3 News (www.3news.co.nz, TV3). Retrieved 2010-03-26. "Aaron's allegations about his time in the Sea Organization, Scientology's senior management. (quote time = 1:40)" 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Official site
Scholarly web pages on Scientology