Dr. Robert Schuller, an apostate & false teacher who ran his “ministry” like a personal kingdom, this is the end result!
The Crystal Cathedral is getting a new name and the congregation of the financially struggling California megachurch will relocate, its senior pastor announced yesterday.
The ministry will be renamed Hope Center of Christ, Sheila Schuller Coleman said in a short video posted on the Crystal Cathedral website.
An announcement regarding the new location will be made in the next few weeks, she said.
The church sold its iconic glass-paned cathedral to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange last month to emerge from federal bankruptcy protection.
‘We’re going to need a new home sooner than we thought. And we’re moving full speed ahead,’ the pastor said.
She gave no indication whether or not the congregation would remain in Orange County, the ministry’s home since its founding by the pastor’s father, Dr Robert Schuller, at a drive-in movie theater 42 years ago.
The news came a day after Dr Schuller and his wife Arvella announced their resignation from the board of directors ‘with great sadness’.
Schuller founded the televangelist ministry four decades ago and it became famous through his Hour of Power television program.
It was the latest upheaval for the financially-struggling megachurch, which sold its iconic home to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange last month to emerge from federal bankruptcy protection.
The Schullers’ daughter, Carol Schuller Milner, said her parents were stepping down because they and the board couldn’t reach a deal for housing benefits and fees for using her father’s writings and sermons as part of the bankruptcy proceedings.
‘We cannot continue to serve on the Board in what has become an adversarial and negative atmosphere especially since it now seems that it will not be ending anytime soon,’ Arvella Schuller said in a statement.
Schuller’s attorney, Carl Grumer, said the pastor’s future role with the ministry was ‘up in the air’.
The church raked in millions in donations through its Hour of Power broadcasts, but a series of financial setbacks led to the megachurch’s filing for bankruptcy in October 2010 and the forced sale of its 40-acre campus.
Turmoil in the ministry included the firings of Schuller’s daughter Gretchen Penner and two sons-in-law last week.