Garner Ted Armstrong

Garner Ted Armstrong

Born Feb 9, 1930

Garner Ted Armstrong was an American evangelist and the son of Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the Worldwide Church of God, at the time a Sabbatarian organization that taught strict observance of seventh-day Sabbath, holy days typically associated with the Jewish faith, and other observances derived from the Old Testament scriptures.… Read More

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1930 Birth Born on February 9, 1930.


1946 16 Years Old Following service in the United States Navy during the Korean War, Armstrong returned to Pasadena, California where his father had moved the church's operations in 1946.


1953 23 Years Old He was baptized in early 1953 (Origin and History, p. 36). … Read More
1955 25 Years Old 1 More Event
He was ordained a minister in 1955 and held key administrative posts in both the Worldwide Church of God and Ambassador College until he was disfellowshipped (excommunicated) by his father in 1978. … Read More
1957 27 Years Old In 1957, he began to take over much of his father's broadcasting responsibilities. … Read More


1970 40 Years Old Senator Bob Dole requested all copies of Garner Ted Armstrong's 1970's World Tomorrow broadcasts preserved into the national archives of the Library of Congress TV & Film division. … Read More
1976 46 Years Old Meanwhile, in January 1976, he appeared on the television show Hee Haw. … Read More
1977 47 Years Old In 1977, he officiated at the wedding of his father to the former Ramona Martin. The two would separate in 1982, and divorce in 1984.
1978 48 Years Old As Rader's influence with the elder Armstrong grew, so did the gap between Garner Ted and his father over operations and certain doctrinal positions of the church. In 1978 Herbert Armstrong excommunicated his son and fired him from all roles in the church and college on the night of Wednesday, June 28, 1978, by means of a phone call to Tyler, Texas. … Read More


1986 56 Years Old …  He returned to the Big Sandy campus in 1986 for the funeral of Norval Pyle, an early Worldwide Church of God pioneer. … Read More
1989 59 Years Old In the fall of 1989, he travelled to Berlin to do on the spot radio broadcasts covering the fall of the Berlin Wall. … Read More


1998 68 Years Old Until his death, he was the head of his Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association, which he had established in 1998, and the Intercontinental Church of God, Armstrong died on September 12, 2003, due to complications from pneumonia. … Read More
2003 74 Years Old …  In fact, after Garner Ted died in 2003, Merle commented that “after Johnny Cash died, I lost a real close friend in Garner Ted Armstrong. … Read More
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