Mike Rinder Bio
Mike Rinder was raised a Scientologist from the age of 6.
By the time he was 15 he had traveled from Australia with the rest of his family to L Ron Hubbards home in England twice – the first time in 1966 when his parents completed through Power Processing, the second time in 1969 when they did the HSDC and through t0 OT 7.
A Scientologist from an early age, Mike Rinder traveled the full road. Everything from Scientology kid to Spokesperson for the Church of Scientology International.
This is his story, in his own words…
The Sea Org
Shortly after I graduated high school in April 1973 I joined the Sea Org and by October of that year I was aboard the Apollo with LRH.
I remained in the Sea Org until 2007 when I finally decided there was no way I could change the culture of violence and abuse that had become endemic under the “leadership” of David Miscavige. I confronted a terrible choice – leave my wife of 31 years and two children born into the Sea Org (one on post at FSO and the other at Gold) or continue to facilitate the abuses of Miscavige. After many years of anguished thought about the alternatives, I finally decided that I had to leave as the situation was NOT improving.
During my time in the Sea Org I held numerous posts – from Communicator to Staff Captain. And in 1978 I moved into the Commodore’s Messenger Org. I became the head of CMO CW in 1979 after a trip to La Quinta to train as a Watch Messenger working directly with LRH and a second trip to Gilman Hot Springs to complete the pilot Key To Life Course with 3 other CMO staff – the first completions of the Course anywhere.
Representing the Church of Scientology in External Affairs
In 1981 I began what would become a lengthy history working on “external affairs” when I was sent on the first “Obs Mission” to the Guardian’s Office followed by a long series of Sea Org Missions to disband the GO, both at WW and the USGO in Los Angeles. I subsequently held various posts in Special Project and then OSA – from Legal Aide to CO OSA US to CO OSA Int and WDC OSA. During this time I also held other posts, LRH PPRO International, various other WDC posts and CO CMO Int. But the vast majority of time was in OSA. From the early 90’s I became the primary international spokesperson for the church.
I have extensive Scientology administrative training – OEC, DSEC, and numerous hats and basic courses like PTS/SP, Ethics Specialist etc. My tech training beyond HQS is limited to Read It Drill It Do It on the RPF in 1985 where because I was NOTs case level I learned to audit NOTs. I started NOTs when it was first exported to the FSO in 1979, but after the early 90’s virtually the only time I was behind a meter was undergoing sec checks or FPRD. It was not until after I left the Sea Org that I was, as a result of the best auditing I had ever experienced from Marty Rathbun, able to complete NOTs and move onto Solo NOTs.
Since I first spoke out to the then St Petersburg Times in 2009, I have done all I could to bring about change to end the abuses within the church – but I have never lost my conviction about the value of the technology. The philosophy of Scientology is a very different beast to the organization. In fact, they are virtually black and white – the philosophy helps you open your eyes, think for yourself and discover truth. The church cuts off observation and tells you what you must think while feeding its followers a steady diet of lies.
I have a daughter (Taryn) and a son (Benjamin) with my ex-wife Cathy in the Sea Org. I was divorced from Cathy after I left the Sea Org. My children disconnected from me. My father is deceased. My mother (an OT VIII) lives in a retirement home in Australia, but disconnected from me, along with my brother (Andrew) and sister (Judy) and their children.
I now live in Palm Harbor, Florida with my wife Christie and our son Jack, born in 2012.
I have been a Scientologist all my life and have no intention of changing.