In March 2007, Rinder was sent as a junior assistant to the Church spokesperson to defend Scientology from John Sweeney
, who was filming a BBC documentary titled Scientology and Me
Rinder defended Scientology leader David Miscavige
, but Miscavige was unhappy with the documentary.
As a result, Rinder "was to report to the church's facility in Sussex, England, and dig ditches" and then was allowed to return to the United States.
Rinder decided to leave the church instead.
Rinder went to Virginia and told the church he wanted to talk to his wife and also wanted his possessions. He did not talk to his wife, but was sent a FedEx package with a check for $5,000, but his family photos were not sent.
Rinder and his wife Cathy of 35 years are still legally married, and he has no contact with his two adult children.
Rinder's official biography has since been removed from the official Church of Scientology website.