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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


In 1972, Time reported that Herbert W. Armstrong had said, without further elaboration, that his son was "in the bonds of Satan" and had been removed from church roles. … Read More
1975 45 Years Old That obstacle was removed in 1975 when Rader was baptized by the elder Armstrong. … 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. … Read More
1978 48 Years Old 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


1995 65 Years Old His reputation was again damaged when a licensed nurse in Tyler accused him of making sexual advances during two massage sessions in 1995. … Read More
1998 68 Years Old He declined to appear on the Geraldo show to discuss the incident (although he had appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show several years before.) His next steps were to heighten the profile of his Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association, which he had established in 1998, and the Intercontinental Church of God, which he headed until his death.
2003 73 Years Old 1 More Event
Following his death in September 2003, Garner Ted was buried in Gladewater Memorial Park, approximately two miles east of the former Big Sandy, Texas campus of Ambassador University. … Read More
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