Crystal Cathedral founder resigns from board
Rev. Robert H. Schuller preaches on March 11, 1998 at the Crystal Cathedral.
March 13th, 2012
07:44 AM ET

Crystal Cathedral founder resigns from board

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The immediate plans of Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the founder of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries in Southern California, and his wife are unclear after they resigned from the church's board of directors over the weekend, their lawyer said Monday.

The Crystal Cathedral, a Protestant church that helped spark the megachurch movement in the United States after opening in 1970, entered bankruptcy procedures in 2010 after years of infighting among Schuller's family and church leaders.

The Schullers have been locked in a legal dispute with other board members. Talks to reach a settlement broke down last week, according to a statement from the Schullers over the weekend.

"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, the pastor's wife, said in the statement.

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The couple's "immediate plans are up in the air right now," their lawyer, Carl Grumer, said Monday.

The Crystal Cathedral campus was sold to the Roman Catholic Church last year in a deal approved by a bankruptcy judge in November.

Schuller, now in his 80s, was known for his internationally broadcast "Hour of Power" TV show. His role on the board had already changed last year when directors voted to make him honorary chairman rather than a voting board member.

In 2006, he stepped down from the pulpit as senior pastor but continued to preach and sit on the church board. His son, Robert A. Schuller, stepped in as senior pastor. Two years later, after a dispute with the board, the younger Schuller was voted out by the board.

CNN's Greg Morrison contributed to this report.

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soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. Reality

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka crystal cathedrals, mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  2. ATLmatt

    Help control the zealot population. Please have your devout spade or neutered.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  3. M

    Another false profit.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  4. ﺶCHEﺶ

    These are the FAKE American Christians the Jesus talked about in the scriptures. They made $M's and lived lavishly unlike any other. Their corrupt Church Policy: 10% for the poor and 90% to their family monetary chest or vault.
    Shame on these FAKE Christians in Americans!

    March 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yes..yes.. YOU are the real Christian blah blah..

      March 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • mike w

      No True Scotsman would ever put sugar on his porridge.

      March 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • What, what, what ???

      Yupers. Jeebus talked about "fake Americans". Yuppers, he really really did. It's all over the Gospel of ...oh wait ...
      Didn't may Magdalene and her child come to America ? I KNOW I heard that somewhere ?

      March 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Ummmm

      "These are the FAKE American Christians the Jesus talked about in the scriptures. They made $M's and lived lavishly unlike any other. Their corrupt Church Policy: 10% for the poor and 90% to their family monetary chest or vault.
      Shame on these FAKE Christians in Americans!"

      Please cite the source that even begins to prove this as true. LMAO! We all know you are a coward and won't.

      March 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  5. MikeC

    I've read some of Schuller's books. Very inspirational. He was good at what he did. It's a shame that this had to happen to him. Sounds like greed on the part of the CC board. The Catholics are getting a nice looking church.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Buddy; you're reading the wrong book written by typical American Fake Christian like all of them. Read the Bible.
      For it is written: Love thy neighbor as thy SELF (not based on "skin color", status etc.). Help the poor and the less fortunate amongst thee. And ALL shall be added unto thee and your household will be blessed by the Lord God. For yee shall be doing the Lord’s WILL on earth! Not only that; yee shall sit the right side of the Lord on judgment Day.

      Are these what you hear about from these Fake American Sunday Christians and your GOP party?

      March 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Fleeced Navidad

      Be sure and speak ye, in Olde English, for it maketh thee to sound religious, and maketh thou also to have .001 of credibility, whereas, thou wouldest not have any, otherwise.

      March 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  6. garwin1

    God for sale. Inquire within.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      We hear ya!

      Only in white America!

      They have LOST their SOULS!

      March 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @ ﺶCHEﺶ

      Tell that to Eddie long.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Glad you asked.
      Since you're new on this blog; read many of my posts in 2011 on that criminal, pervert, rapist Eddie Long.
      I don't even know why he's still walking on the streets in GA instead of being in jail.

      March 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I didn’t ask.

      March 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Fleeced Navidad

      Souls are an ancient outdated idea. There are no such things.

      March 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  7. Apostrophe

    "There's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over." FZ

    March 13, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Altar boy ..is that you?

      March 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  8. ron

    Now wouldn't Jesus be real proud.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ


      He ONLY cracked his horse-whip "ONE TIME" in his life in a Temple.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  9. Carl

    Compulsive people have trouble finding a middle ground. And SOME religious people can be very compulsive. They are taught to blindy follow one path and reject any other way. The collapse of this ministry should be warning to them. Open your mind.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  10. LeeCMH

    Didn't Anal Roberts have the same problem?

    March 13, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Yeb! We know!
      You left out Pat Robert, Jerry Falwell, Billy Graham and his son the Devil Lucifer, Flankin Graham etc

      Whew! Thanks for rubbing it in.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  11. Jay

    Yet another example of the corruption that is organized Religion! So glad that I believe in Christ but that I do NOT believe any Religion as ordained by man!! I

    March 13, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      That's ALL you need, buddy. You’re doing the right thing.
      And don't let some corrupt dude in some fancy robe of colors with bull horn in hand mislead thee or teach you otherwise.
      Take Note: It's written in the Bible, “The Lord is a spirit and they that worship him, must worship HIM in spirit”.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  12. OldMo

    Sorry Schuller but there's so many people selling a false gospel and doing it in a slicker, younger, hipper, more attactive package that I guess you've gone out of business. Boo hoo. Eternity is a long time Rev. Wolf. . .was it worth it? You look like you're not too many sleeps away from finding out.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  13. ron

    Power and money.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  14. Lejaune

    Apparently, the prayer couldn't solve the infighting problems between the millionaires on Church's board. It's almost funny.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  15. coder

    ahhh – the business and politics of religion

    some one has to 'control' the flock of donations

    after all – god needs a money manager

    March 13, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  16. SC

    20 years ago while working on a temporary assignment I worked in the money room at the church ove rthe holiday season...We were locked in a vault room with cameras at every angle...the money they took in was obscene...

    March 13, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  17. Joshua Ludd

    There is a reason that their messiah didn't found megachurches.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  18. esailor

    I am not Protestant, but I found Dr. Robert Schuller to be very inspirational. It is a shame that this is happening to him and his church. I wish Dr. Schuller and his wife the best.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  19. LeeCMH

    A couple preachers were talking about how they determine which collections go to the Lord and which go to them. One said throws the money up in an empty room. The money that falls on one side of the line goes to the Lord and the other goes to him. The other preacher said he uses a similar method. He throw up the money, the Lord takes what He wants and the money that falls to the floor is his.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  20. JT

    Lots of sheep and money involved here. Who gets to take power over all the gullible sheep who are more than willing to continue to send you their money to blow sunshine up their ass?

    March 13, 2012 at 11:28 am |
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