Not clear what prompted the schism between father and son
GARDEN GROVE, California — Crystal Cathedral founder Reverend Robert H. Schuller has removed his son as preacher on the church’s weekly “Hour of Power” syndicated TV broadcast.
Schuller said in a statement read to some 450 congregants Saturday by church president Jim Coleman that he and his son, Robert A. Schuller, “have different ideas as to the direction and the vision for this ministry.”
“For this lack of shared vision and the jeopardy in which this is placing this entire ministry, it has become necessary for Robert and me to part ways,” Schuller said.
Robert A. Schuller will remain as senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, though it was unknown whether he will continue to preach, a church spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.
Rev. Robert H. Schuller ousts his son as ‘Hour of Power’ preacher
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller removed his son Saturday as preacher on the syndicated “Hour of Power” television show less than three years after handing over to him the ministry he began more than 50 years ago.
Robert A. Schuller’s major challenge was attracting younger congregants and using the television program to build membership. It is unclear whether he achieved that.
He will remain as senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, a spokesman said, though there was no word on whether he will continue to preach.
Despite the wording of the statement, it remained vague Saturday what prompted the schism between the father and son who have been the face of “Hour of Power,” which is syndicated worldwide.
“I wish I had an answer for you. I just don’t know,” said John Charles, a church spokesman. “I tried to get that question answered today and there’s really no answer. The two principals would have to explain that, and they’re not.”
In the statement, Schuller said he will continue to be the host of a weekly church service and preach occasionally.
But “no longer will the ‘Hour of Power’ be the voice and face of just one or two individuals,” he wrote, adding that the show would now “serve as a platform for the greatest preachers in the world.”
In chats on the church’s website, participants wondered what happened to the younger Schuller.
“Has he been on a missionary trip or something?” one chatter wrote.
“Enough already. Where is RAS?” wrote another. “All administrators and pastors — please be open with your church members.”