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Name  Mike Rinder
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Full Name  Michael John Rinder
Born  April 10, 1955 (age 60) (1955-04-10) Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Residence  Palm Harbor, Florida, US
Known for  Former Executive Director, Office of Special Affairs (OSA)
Spouse  Christie King Collbran (m. 2013), Catherine Rinder (m. 1976–2007)
Similar People  Mark Rathbun, David Miscavige, Tony Ortega, L Ron Hubbard, Mark Bunker

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Michael John "Mike" Rinder (; born 10 April 1956) is an Australian former senior executive of the Church of Scientology International (CSI) and the Sea Organization based in the United States.


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From 1982 to 2007, Rinder served on the Board of Directors of CSI and also held the post of Executive Director of its Office of Special Affairs, overseeing the corporate, legal and public relations matters of the Church at the international level. Rinder left the Church in 2007 after becoming disillusioned with what he perceived to be the increasingly authoritarian nature of senior management under David Miscavige.

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Early years

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Rinder is an Australian national who joined the Sea Org on the ship Apollo at 18. In a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone, Rinder said he had experienced discrimination in Australia during the period when the Australian state of Victoria had banned Scientology: "You couldn't own Scientology books ... If you did, you had to hide them because if the police came and found them, they'd take them away."

Office of Special Affairs

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As Executive Director of the Office of Special Affairs, he served as the chief spokesperson and representative of the Church to the media, until replaced by Tommy Davis in 2005 under orders from David Miscavige.


In March 2007, Rinder was sent as the international spokesman of the Church to defend Scientology from John Sweeney, who was filming a BBC documentary titled Scientology and Me. Rinder defended Scientology leader David Miscavige, but Miscavige was unhappy with the documentary. As a result, Rinder "was to report to the church's facility in Sussex, England, and dig ditches" and then was to be allowed to return to the United States. Rinder instead decided to leave the church. Rinder went to Virginia and told the church he wanted to speak to his wife and also wanted his possessions. He did not speak to his wife, but was sent a FedEx package with a check for $5,000. His family photos were not sent. Rinder and his first wife, Cathy, divorced after 35 years. He and his second wife, Christie King Collbran, were married in 2013 and have a son. He has no contact with his two adult children from his first marriage. Rinder's official biography has since been removed from the official Church of Scientology website.

In 2009, St Petersburg Times asked Rinder for an interview, but he declined. Then a month later, two Washington-based Scientology lawyers went to his home unannounced, informed Rinder that they knew about the newspaper's visit and asked what he had revealed. Subsequently, he spoke to the Times about Scientology's management and repeated beatings he gave as well as received. The interviews became part of the paper's "The Truth Rundown" special issue. Rinder said he was speaking out because "I don't want people to continue to be hurt and tricked and lied to."

In October 2009, Rinder and Marty Rathbun revealed to the St. Petersburg Times how Scientology silenced critics, such as Bob Minton, by digging into personal details and secretly recording conversations. Rinder told the Times: "There were things that, really, he was worried about and had caused problems for him in the investigation that we had done" and Minton and the church reached a private settlement. Rinder considered Minton a friend at the time of Minton's death in January 2010.

In March 2010, Rinder again confirmed allegations of abuse within Scientology to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Anderson Cooper 360°. Rinder did not speak on camera because he promised his first interview to the BBC.

In April 2010, Rinder, who lived in Clearwater, Florida for more than a year, went to meet his son who also lives in Clearwater, Florida but his son refused to see him. Rinder, Rathbun and two others were cited for trespassing by the Clearwater Police. A few days later, according to police reports: "five senior members of its [Scientology's] California-based international management team — surrounded and screamed at [Rinder] a former church executive. At the time he was approached, Rinder was sitting in his car in a doctor's office parking lot during a phone interview with BBC journalist John Sweeny. The screaming was so loud, Sweeny was able to record the episode and later aired the recording on The Secrets of Scientology broadcast by the BBC series, Panorama.

On 28 September 2010, Rinder appeared on The Secrets of Scientology broadcast by the BBC series, Panorama. He discussed his life, losing his family, and behind-the-scenes activity in Scientology. The documentary claims that private auditing sessions are secretly recorded, including ones with secrets about Tom Cruise.

Rinder appears in the HBO documentary entitled Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief by Alex Gibney, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2015. The documentary is based on the book of a similar title by Lawrence Wright. He also appears on the 2016 series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, airing on A&E and hosted by Leah Remini.

Personal life

Rinder lived in Denver, Colorado until 2009. According to his blog, he has since lived in Palm Harbor, Florida with his wife and son.


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