STANLEY R. RADER (August 13, 1930 – July 2, 2002), was an attorney, accountant, author and, later in life, one of the Evangelists of the Worldwide Church of God , then a Sabbatarian organization, which was founded by Herbert W. Armstrong .
* 1 Before meeting Armstrong * 2 First associations with Armstrong * 3 Joining WCG * 4 _60 Minutes_ interview * 5 Popularizing Armstrong * 6 Business relationships * 7 WCG placed in receivership * 8 Book * 9 Resignation * 10 Death * 11 References * 12 Bibliography * 13 External links
BEFORE MEETING ARMSTRONG
FIRST ASSOCIATIONS WITH ARMSTRONG
In 1956 Rader met Armstrong, leader of what was then called the Radio
Church of God , at its headquarters offices in Pasadena , California.
Under contract with the Radio Church of God, Rader worked on improving
its accounting system, thereby creating a highly favorable impression
with Armstrong, who then urged him to attend law school at Armstrong's
expense. In 1963 Rader graduated from University of Southern
Radio Church of God had been previously incorporated on March 3,
1946, when it was re-established in Pasadena. Prior to this event it
had been an unincorporated voluntary association based in Eugene ,
Rader, who still considered himself Jewish, was baptized into WCG by Armstrong in 1975 using a hotel bathtub in the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong . This move allowed Rader to reposition himself as a high-ranking church evangelist in an attempt to quell misgivings by many in the ministerial hierarchy, who felt that Rader's undue influence on Armstrong was troubling.
_60 MINUTES_ INTERVIEW
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Whereas the plan of Garner Ted Armstrong was to ease his aging father into retirement, the plan of Rader and his aide Robert Kuhn was to transform Herbert W. Armstrong from an elderly evangelist into a more secular leader, casting him as a vital "Ambassador for World Peace without portfolio ". Rader's plan required the creation of a totally new and secular cover entity from which to operate, distanced from Armstrong's Worldwide fundamentalist sect, which might prove unpalatable to prominent world leaders as Armstrong played out his role as quasi-ambassador. In 1975, therefore, he incorporated the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation (AICF) which was actually funded from the tithe money of members of the Worldwide Church of God. In 1979, Rader was ordained as one of the Evangelists of the Worldwide Church of God .
As a consequence, the AICF transformed
Ambassador Auditorium , on the
Ambassador College campus, from a church auditorium, in which Saturday
Sabbath church services were conducted, into a "
Armstrong, in the company of Rader, began introducing himself to any world leader who held political power and was willing to meet with the aging, grandfatherly figure for a photo opportunity for _The Plain Truth _, during which the leader would receive expensive gifts, such as Stueben crystal. Armstrong sold his new AICF portfolio approach to the church membership as being a new phase in preaching the church's gospel .
Rader used his own professional legal accounting practice, and also incorporated new companies in order to conduct profitable business enterprises on behalf of the Worldwide Church of God. The companies largely owned and controlled by Rader included:
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* ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ Cartwright, Dixon. "Stanley Rader, WCG
evangelist and treasurer and confidant of Herbert W. Armstrong, dies".
_News of the Churches of God_. The Journal. Retrieved 15 September
* ^ "Rader Ordained - AR10 November 19, 1979". _Ambassador Report_.
The Painful Truth. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
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* Stanley Rader, 71; Advisor in Worldwide Church of God - Stanley Robert Rader, the long-time confidant of the late Herbert W. Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of God, has died. He was 71. - Los Angeles Times/July 4, 2002 - By Larry B. Stammer * "The Devil and Stanley Rader" Article in The American