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.


Image Name Notes
Bob Adams 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
John Carmichael 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]
Leisa Goodman Human Rights Director, Church of Scientology International.[12]
Heber Jentzsch President, Church of Scientology International.[13]
David Miscavige
David Miscavige Chairman of the Board, Religious Technology Center.[14]
Kendrick Moxon
Kendrick Moxon Prominent Scientology attorney,[15] previously member of Scientology division the Guardian's Office.[16][17]
Karin Pouw Spokeswoman,[18][19] director of public affairs for Church of Scientology International,[20] and member of Office of Special Affairs (OSA).[21]
Kenneth Howard Shapiro Registar of Church of Scientology of Los Angeles branch.[22]
Kurt Weiland Director of external affairs, Office of Special Affairs, and director, Church of Scientology International.[23]


Image Name Lifetime Notes
David Gaiman 1933–2009 Former Scientology spokesman,[24] public relations director of Scientology in England.[25] Father of fantasy author, Neil Gaiman.[26]
L. Ron Hubbard
L. Ron Hubbard 1911–1986 Founder of Scientology.[27]
Mary Sue Hubbard
Mary Sue Hubbard 1931–2002 Wife of L. Ron Hubbard, Controller of the Guardian's Office—former legal and public affairs branch of Scientology.[14]


Image Name Notes
Gerry Armstrong
Gerry 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";[28] went on to become an outspoken critic of Scientology.[29] While a member of the organization, Armstrong was "officially authorized by the Church of Scientology to write a biography" about L. Ron Hubbard.[30] He left the organization in 1981.[31]
Tommy Davis
Tommy Davis Former spokesman and director of Celebrity Centre International, Los Angeles.[32][33][34] Was listed as an "International Spokesperson" on Scientology Newsroom, the Church's official media resource center.[18]
Jessica Feshbach Joined the Sea Org in 1994,[35] In 2005, MSNBC characterized Feshbach as a "Senior Scientologist",[36] and Fox News Channel called her "a high-level Scientologist" within the organization.[37] In 2006, MSNBC described Feshbach as, "a high-level Scientology practitioner and member of the church's influential Feshbach family".[38] Feshbach began working with assistants to celebrity Scientology member and actor, Tom Cruise,[39] in April 2005; she attended to Katie Holmes.[40] By 2009, Feshbach had become a public spokesperson for Scientology;[41] as of January 2011, she was listed as an "International Spokesperson" on Scientology Newsroom, the Church's official media resource center.[18]
Mark Rathbun
Mark Rathbun Former president[14][42] of the Religious Technology Center;[43] 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,[44] operating a website that "has become an online community for what he calls 'independent Scientologists'."[45]
Mike Rinder
Mike Rinder Former executive director of Office of Special Affairs International (OSA).[46]
Aaron Saxton
Aaron Saxton Former member of the Commodore's Messenger Organization,[47] and senior official within the Sea Org;[48][49][50] later a prominent whistleblower whose exposés prompted debates in the Australian Senate.[48][49]

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]

Official site
Scholarly web pages on Scientology