David Miscavige (; born April 30, 1960) is the leader of the Church of Scientology.
His official title is Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center (RTC), a corporation that controls the trademarks and copyrights of Dianetics and Scientology.
Miscavige was a deputy to church founder L.
Ron Hubbard (a "Commodore's messenger") while he was a teenager.
He rose to a leadership position by the early 1980s and was named Chairman of the Board of RTC in 1987.
Official church biographies describe Miscavige as "the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion".Since he assumed his leadership position, there have been a number of allegations made against Miscavige.
These include claims of forced separation of family members, coercive fundraising practices, harassment of journalists and church critics, and humiliation of church staff members, including physical assaults upon them by Miscavige.
Miscavige and church spokespersons deny the majority of these claims, often criticizing the credibility of those who bring them.