The Info List - Stanley Rader

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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


Stanley Rader
Stanley Rader
was born and raised in White Plains , New York . He later moved to California
, where he met his future wife, Natalie "Niki" Gartenberg. He graduated from UCLA in 1951 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1954.


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 California
Law School .

The 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 , Oregon
, and named after its radio broadcast. On January 5, 1968, Armstrong, as president , together with the secretary of the corporation, amended its Articles of Incorporation to reflect the change of name to the Worldwide Church of God. (By then its radio broadcast had also been renamed _The World Tomorrow _). By this time Armstrong was considered to be more of a modern-day apostle by his followers, rather than merely "pastor general," his title in the church. After coming to terms regarding salary and compensation, in 1969 Rader decided to devote his full-time to the service of Armstrong.


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.


In a _ 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
_ interview with Mike Wallace, Rader defended himself, remarking to Wallace, "I don't take stupid pills." Wallace read to Rader a portion of a letter Armstrong was drafting, asking Rader to resign from any church positions that would make him Armstrong's successor. Wallace then played a tape of Armstrong reading the letter. Rader started to sweat, before finally declaring: "Now I say you've acquired this by illegal means. I intend to have my attorneys today not only sue you if you use this. ... Mike, look, I think you'd better scrap everything because you're on my list. Okay? You're never going to live it down, Mike, I guarantee it. ... you're contemptible. ... I'd like you to get out of here, immediately!" Rader then stormed out of the room, and accused the press of distorting the facts.


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 " Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
of the West", and launched a concert series featuring the top names in classical music , jazz , and the performing arts. PBS
and other television networks made use of this glamorous new venue. The AICF also created a new, glossy, secular, coffee-table, commercial magazine called _Quest _, with a circulation of several hundred thousand copies. Additionally, the AICF bought the book publisher Everest House , and funded the motion picture _Paper Moon _ starring Tatum O\'Neal .

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 2012. * ^ "Rader Ordained - AR10 November 19, 1979". _Ambassador Report_. The Painful Truth. Retrieved 15 September 2012. * ^ " Stanley Rader
Stanley Rader
on "Sixty Minutes" with Mike Wallace". _Ambassador Report_. The Painful Truth. Retrieved 15 September 2012. * ^ "The Lawsuit - AR7 January 21, 1979". _Ambassador Report_. The Painful Truth. Retrieved 15 September 2012. * ^ "Petris Bill Passes", _Ambassador Report_, Issue 13, September, 1980


* 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