David Miscavige is the Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center (RTC), a non-profit organization formed in 1982 to preserve, maintain and protect the Scientology religion.
Religious Technology Center 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. David Miscavige studied to become a Scientology minister and for several years he provided spiritual counseling to parishioners. He later worked closely with L. Ron 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, David Miscavige has tirelessly worked to expand and protect the religion. In the early 1980's, 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 over 25 years, the church has experienced unprecedented expansion of the religion as a worldwide movement - reflected in more than 11,000 churches, missions and groups across 167 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, David 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. David 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, David Miscavige personally spearheaded the creation and opening of many of these new Churches:
Since 2003 thirty-four Ideal Churches have arisen across the planet, including those in the world's cultural capitals-the National Church of Scientology of Spain in Madrid's Neighborhood of Letters; the Church of Scientology of New York, just off Times Square; the Church of Scientology of San Francisco, California, in the original historic Transamerica Building; the Church of Scientology of London, England, located in the epicenter of the city; the Church of Scientology of Berlin, Germany, near the Brandenburg Gate; and the Church of Scientology of Moscow, Russia, located just a short distance from the Kremlin and Red Square.
Twenty-three new Churches have been opened just since 2009. In April of that year, Mr. Miscavige dedicated three Ideal Churches-in Malmö, Sweden; Dallas, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee. Then in October 2009, he dedicated Ideal Churches in Rome, Italy and Washington, DC.
January and February 2010 Mr. Miscavige opened Churches in Québec and Las Vegas, while overseeing the opening of the Churches of Scientology for Europe in Brussels. Just two months later, in April, Mr. Miscavige presided over the grand opening of the new Los Angeles Church and in July 2010, he cut the ribbon on another three new Ideal Churches: in Mexico City; Pasadena, California; and Seattle, Washington.
In January 2011, Mr. Miscavige opened Australia's first Ideal Church of Scientology in Melbourne and further oversaw the February opening of the Russia's first major Church of Scientology in Moscow. Then in March, he officiated the opening of the Church of Scientology of Tampa and in October, Twin Cities, Minnesota and Inglewood, California.
January 2012 saw the rededication and opening of the Church of Scientology of Hamburg, followed by the inauguration of the Church of Scientology Sacramento in California's capitol and the opening of the Church of Scientology Greater Cincinnati. In June, Mr. Miscavige opened a new Ideal Org every week, joining Orange County, California Scientologists to open their new Church (June 2), then rededicating Silicon Valley's Church of Scientology Stevens Creek (June 9), followed by the grand openings of the Church of Scientology of Denver, Colorado (June 17), the Church of Scientology of Phoenix, Arizona (June 23) and finally, inaugurating the transformed Church of Scientology of Buffalo, New York (June 30). In July, Mr. Miscavige rededicated the newly transformed Church of Scientology of Los Gatos, California, while in August he cut the ribbon on the first Ideal Organization in the Middle East, the Center of Scientology of Israel.
Due to the growth of our Churches, on September 12, 2012, Mr. Miscavige officiated the opening of the Church's National Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. attended by more than a thousand officials, dignitaries and Church members..
A month later, in October, Mr. Miscavige opened the Church of Scientology of Padova in Italy.
Currently the Church has numerous renovation/construction projects in progress or already planned and about to commence renovations:
- Church of Scientology of Kaohsiung, Taiwan-under renovation
- Church of Scientology of Harlem, New York-under renovation
- Church of Scientology of Cambridge, Canada-under renovation
- Church of Scientology of Portland, Oregon-under renovation
- Church of Scientology of Pretoria, South Africa-under renovation
- Church of Scientology of Basel, Switzerland
- Church of Scientology of Sydney, Australia
- Church of Scientology of Toronto, Canada
- Church of Scientology of Auckland, New Zealand
- Church of Scientology of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Church of Scientology of Stuttgart, Germany
- Church of Scientology of Bogota, Columbia
- Church of Scientology of Venezuela
- Church of Scientology of Milano, Italy
Additionally, the Church has acquired some 50 premises around the world now in the design and planning stage, including in North America: Burbank, San Diego and Mountain View, California; Kansas City, Kansas; Saint Louis, Missouri; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit and Battle Creek, Michigan; Boston, Massachusetts; Atlanta, Georgia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and New Haven, Connecticut. Similarly, in Montreal, and Winnipeg Canada; Mexico City, Mexico and in countries abroad including England, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Venezuela, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
These are the Ideal Churches of Scientology, designed to present the wisdom of Scientology to many millions planet-wide.
David Miscavige's has also given public addresses which 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 and his address on the occasion of the new millennium and the 50th anniversary of Dianetics and Scientology, Scientology 2000: The First 50 Years.