Famous Ambassador College Alumni

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People on this list must have gone to Ambassador College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Ambassador College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Ambassador College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Ambassador College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Ambassador College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Ambassador College.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, including Garner Ted Armstrong and Daniel Truhitte.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Ambassador College?” and “Which celebrities are Ambassador College alumni?”

  • Garner Ted Armstrong
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    Garner Ted Armstrong (February 9, 1930 – September 15, 2003) 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 observance of seventh-day Sabbath, and annual Sabbath days based on Leviticus 23. Armstrong initially became recognized when he succeeded his father as the voice of The World Tomorrow, the church's radio program that aired around the world. A television program of the same name followed, aired mostly in North America, eventually giving way to a Garner Ted Armstrong broadcast, a half-hour program that mixed news and biblical commentary. His polemical message was unlike that of most other religious broadcasters of his day.
    • Profession: Televangelist
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1930-2003)
    • Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
  • Ernest L. Martin (April 20, 1932 – January 2002) was a meteorologist, minister in the Worldwide Church of God and author on Biblical topics. He is best known for his controversial works on the Star of Bethlehem and the location of the Temple in Jerusalem.
    • Profession: Archaeologist
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1932-2002)
  • The Living Church of God (LCG) is one of hundreds of groups that formed after the death of Herbert W. Armstrong, when major doctrinal changes (causing turmoil and divisions) were occurring in the former Worldwide Church of God (WCG) during the 1990s. It was after its founder, the late Roderick C. Meredith, was fired by Board members of the Global Church of God (GCG), that he went on to found, for a second time, a new organisation in 1998. It is just one of many and varied Sabbatarian Churches of God groups that have sprung up from the former Worldwide Church of God, known today as Grace Communion International (GCI). The US membership of LCG is around 11,300 with about 5,000 international members. From the LCG organization, several additional split-off groups have resulted over the years, each one headed by a former LCG minister.
    • Profession: Televangelist
    • Age: 93
  • Joseph W. Tkach

    Joseph W. Tkach (; March 16, 1927 – September 23, 1995) was the appointed successor of Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the Worldwide Church of God. Tkach became President and Pastor General of the church upon the death of Armstrong in 1986. Tkach spearheaded a major doctrinal transformation of the Worldwide Church of God, abandoning Armstrong's unconventional doctrines and bringing the church into accord with orthodox evangelical Christianity. His son, Joseph Tkach Jr., continued his work and in 1997 the Worldwide Church of God became a member of the National Association of Evangelicals.During Tkach's tenure, the changes that he implemented stirred much controversy and significant dissent among those who continued to follow Armstrong's theology. The dissenters labeled the changes as heresy and many left to form new church organizations. Within the mainstream Christian community, some have hailed Tkach's reforms, which brought a church from the fringe to orthodoxy, as unprecedented.
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1927-1995)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
  • Daniel Lee Truhitte (born September 10, 1943 in Sacramento, California) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Rolfe Gruber, the young Austrian telegraph delivery boy who performed "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", in the film The Sound of Music (1965). Truhitte is a singer, actor, dancer, and teacher of young performers.
    • Profession: Actor
    • Age: 80
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Sacramento
  • D. J. Grothe

    Douglas James "D. J." Grothe (born June 25, 1973) is an American writer and public speaker who talks about issues at the nexus of science, critical thinking, secularism, religion and the paranormal. As an active skeptic, he has served in leadership roles for both the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and the James Randi Educational Foundation. While he was at CFI, he hosted their Point of Inquiry podcast. After leaving Point of Inquiry he hosted the radio show and podcast For Good Reason. He is particularly interested in the psychology of belief and the steps involved in deception and self-deception. His writing has been published by both Skeptical Inquirer magazine and The Huffington Post. He also co-edited On the Beauty of Science, about the worldview and life's work of Nobel Laureate Herbert Hauptman. Grothe currently serves as a board member of The Institute for Science and Human Values.
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri