- Full Name Mike Rinder
- Occupation TV Personality, Podcast Host, Former Scientologist, Former Senior Executive of the CSI, Sea Org
- Nationality Australian
- Birthplace Adelaide, Australia
- Birth Date Apr 10, 1955
- Age 66 Years, 9 Months
Mike Rinder | BiographyMike Rinder and Leah Remini launched a podcast called 'Scientology: Fair Game' in July 2020
Rinder was raised a Scientologist from the age of six. He visited the founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard's home in England with his family for the first time in 1966. In 1969, he again visited the home to participate in advanced Scientology courses and auditing.
Mike Rinder is an Australian-American former Scientologist known for being a former senior executive of the Church of Scientology International (CSI) and the Sea Organization (Sea Org), based in California.
Who is Mike Rinder?
Mike Rinder was born on 10 April 1955 in Adelaide, Australia, to Barbara and Ian Rinder. He is 66 years as of 2021. His mother, Barbara, was a bookkeeper, and his father, Ian, was an entrepreneur who owned several businesses, including a wholesale grocery distribution agency, aerosol canning company, travel agency, and restaurant. Mike has two younger siblings named Judy and Andrew.
Growing up, Rinder went to a private school in Adelaide. He was raised a Scientologist from the age of six. Rinder visited the founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard's home in England with his family for the first time in 1966. In 1969, he again visited the home to participate in advanced Scientology courses and auditing.
After graduating high school in April 1973, Rinder joined the Sea Organization, a Scientology organization that the Church of Scientology describes as a "fraternal religious order, comprising the church's most dedicated members." In October, the same year, he met Hubbard for the first time upon joining Hubbard's ship Apollo.
In 1981, he started serving as executive director of the Office of Special Affairs, overseeing media and public relations, legal and government relations of the Church of Scientology International (CSI). As the Office of Special Affairs' representative, he was quoted in multiple news stories and appeared on numerous television shows. He also dealt with legal and governmental matters of the CSI at an international level.
In March 2007, Rinder was suddenly sent on a mission to London to defend the CSI and prevent journalist John Sweeney from premiering his television documentary, Scientology and Me. Rinder defended the Church and Scientology leader David Miscavige.
However, Miscavige was unhappy that Rinder could not stop the documentary from being premiered. As a result, Rinder was called to visit the church's facility in Sussex. Instead of reporting to Sussex, he decided to leave the church in 2007.
In his website bio, Rinder says he left the church after he decided that "there was no way he could change the culture of violence and abuse that had become endemic under the leadership of David Miscavige. Though Hubbard was sometimes cruel and harsh, he was compassionate and humorous other times, but Miscavige was exclusively cruel and harsh."
In October 2009, Rinder and CSI's fellow senior executive Marty Rathbun told St. Petersburg how Scientology silenced critics. He shared that he did all he could to bring about change to end the abuse within Scientology. Rinder has appeared in multiple media interviews and HBO's Going Clear. He also traveled to Australia, England, and Ireland to speak out about Scientology abuses.
Leah Remini and Mike Rinder
From 2016 to 2019, Rinder co-hosted the A&E documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath with fellow ex-Scientologist Leah Remini.
In 2020, Rinder and Remini reunited to start a podcast called Scientology: Fair Game. The podcast was launched on 21 July 2020.
Wife and Children
Rinder was married to Cathy, whom he divorced after 31 years of marriage in 2007. They have two children, one daughter named Taryn and one son named Benjamin.
In June 2013, he married his second wife, Christie King Collbran, who was also raised as Scientologist. The couple welcomed their son named Jack in April 2012. Collbran also has a son named Shane from her previous relationship.