Crystal Cathedral Founder, Rev. Robert H. Schuller, Has Removed His Son From TV Program

October 26, 2008 at 7:00 am 8 comments

robert-schuller-son-father.jpgCrystal Cathedral founder Rev. 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.

The elder Schuller said in the statement that he was bringing in guest pastors to preach during the show.

officials did not return messages left Saturday seeking comment from
Robert A. Schuller and details about what prompted the schism between
him and his father.

Robert H. Schuller
had turned over the church ministries and the “Hour of Power” TV
program to his son during an emotional service at the Crystal Cathedral
in January 2006.

Source: AP


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  • 1. Wayne and Patricia Wilson  |  October 27, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Dear Sir:
    Have just finished reading an article, published today in our Windsor Star, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and we were brought to tears when we read that Dr. Robert Schuller, Sr. has released his Son, Robert Anthony from preaching behind the pulpit at Chrystal Cathedral/Hour of Power.

    For years now, we have watched the SCHULLERS preaching, and, to be honest, I myself, had my life changed due to this ministry. I came from a very disoriented household, and, suffered much abuse, both physical and mental. Through the years, watched Dr. Schuller, Sr. and, through his teachings, learned to walk away from my negative past, the abuse, the low self-esteem, et al, and, turn my life around to a point where I have been able to lead a reasonably successful life.

    My husband, Wayne, has also learned much from this Ministry, and, believe that many areas of his life have changed due to the positive thinking taught on the Hour of Power. He too was a product of both physical and mental abuse.

    Even though I respect the fact that Dr. Robert H. Schuller is my elder, and, the Word of God makes it very clear about this respect, have to ask why is this happening? When Wayne and I were chatting just a few minutes ago, the Lord seemed to be calling various names of Ministries, and, even that of a very famous jam producing company in the U.S.A. to my mind. The names are Pastor Joel Osteen, Dr, T,D, Jakes, Pastor Kenneth Copeland, Pastor Joyce Meyers, Pastor Creflo Dollar, et al, and, SMUCKERS
    the jam making company. When you turn on these Ministries on any given Sunday, you hear about Jesus Christ and His wonderful love, and, you see Joel preaching in his own church, you see T.D. Jakes preaching in his own church, you see Kenneth and Gloria Copeland preaching in their own church, and, you see Joyce Meyers and Creflo Dollar preaching in their own churches, or at big conference, and, yes, their last names are used, as their names are the names of the Ministry. So, why?, please tell us why is it so very important to remove the SCHULLER name from the Crystal Cathedral/Hour of Power, when both Wayne and I believe that it was a SCHULLER (Dr. Robert H. Schuller) to be exact that was called to found Crystal Cathedral/Hour of Power 39 years ago. We do not know of any other Pastor that was commanded by God to start this ministry. Unless, we have missed the boat somewhere, and, we do not believe that we have, it was definitely a SCHULLER that was commissioned to head up this ministry. Just like the name Smuckers is synonomous with a wonderful tasting jam, and, one of which we prefer, so is the name SCHULLER synonomous with Chrystal Cathedral/Hour of Power.

    We have been sitting here just horrified over this news, and, what it will cost the ministry, as many, like ourselves might just have a difficult time relating to Crystal Cathedral/Hour of Power without seeing the two familiar faces of Dr. Robert H. Schuller and his incredible Son, Robert Anthony.

    We glorify the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour, and, if he should tell us to call our ministry the Wilson Ministry, I would hate to think that we would turn around and call it some other name,
    or have everybody else behind the pulpit but ourselves.
    God called Dr. Robert H. Schuller to this ministry, not anyone else.

    We are praying that he will come to his senses, yes, we do not know the whole situation, but, we do know that the Word tells us that there will be falling outs between family members in these latter days, and, this is just one family where we personally do not choose to see this happen, and, would ask that Dr. Robert Sr. forgive any negative feelings, thoughts, or what have you against his Son, Robert Anthony, and, get on with the show, and, use the SCHULLER name to preach God’s word.

    Please, let Dr. Schuller, and, Robert Anthony know that we love them, are praying for them, and, look forward to turning on our t.v. on Sunday and seeing them once again behind the pulpit at Crystal Cathedral.

    God bless and keep you, and, thank you for the opportunity to share what we feel.

    Wayne and Patricia Wilson
    2455 Rivard Avenue
    Apt. 806
    Windsor, Ontario
    N8T 3B3


    (519) 015-2410

  • 2. Tony Cetta  |  November 9, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    where is Anthony Schuler ministering now that he has left the Crystal Cathederal.

  • 3. David Kerrigan  |  November 20, 2008 at 8:02 am

    The elder Dr. Schuller’s television ministry [HoP] has always been a mission to the unchurched, not to the saved [the Crystal Cathedral congregation is for them]. In that way, it has been unique among television ministries, and the International Board of Directors apparently agrees the TV ministry should continue along those lines. So Robert A’s dismissal was a consensus decision of the international board, so that of one man, Robert H, as the press is reporting it.

    The son continues to minister as Senior Pastor in the Crystal Cathedral (not the same ministry as the Hour of Power). It seems from an interview Robert A gave to the Orange County Register that he’ll give thought to striking off on his own at some point, which is probably best if he doesn’t feel called to minister to the unchurched via TV.

    Both men are wonderful, but each, like Peter and Paul in the early church, have been called to different ministries (apparently). Do not weep for either, I say; let each of them do their work in the Lord’s Vineyard, according to the calling in their hearts.

    I admire both Robert A and his son Robby who I heard a couple of times, but I did miss the style of message by Robert H, to the point where I no longer was drawn to watch weekly. Clearly, these two weren’t following in Robert H’s footsteps, and I was missing what I always loved about HoP — so I’m taking the news better than many. Like everyone else, I of course wish them all well, as God is directing their paths.

  • 4. Joyce Grab  |  December 13, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    For months I have thought that perhaps Robert A, was on a very long mission somewhere. I only learned from my family today that he had been removed from Chrystal Cathedral. I was amazed and heartbroken over that news. I hope the people who have written in how disappointed they are in Dr. H.’ move will take the time to understand that this was not his decision,but pressure from the board directors abd other members who forced him into this decision. I cannot think of another way to hasten the lives of Robert A’ s parents. They must remain a happy family for as long as possible. Thank you God for bringing these families back to ether again! In Jesus Christs name Amen

  • 5. Johnny Wilson  |  December 29, 2008 at 6:32 am

    I guess I’m a bit slow but just today I found out that Robert A. had been removed from the ministry of the Hour of Power and that he then resigned from the Crystal Cathedral. When he took over in 2006 my first reaction was he got the gig because he was family. But as I watched him over the several months I grew to appreciate his more down to earth style of ministry. Personally I feel Robert A. was more spiritual in his preaching and reaching a new audience. I of course don’t know all the details of this split but from what I do know I think forcing the younger Schuller out was a mistake and it may have a negative effect on the Christian Church in general. I’m sure God will continue to use Robert A. in ministry some where. J W

  • 6. Texan  |  January 26, 2009 at 2:06 am

    its interesting when “the Ministry” is such a cash cow that someone really gits pissed off when some of the cash is being shut down.. of course he is pissed. “The Ministry” is just a business like any other business except in this case it is a multimillion dollar enterprise making the “ministers” multimillionaires.

    Its obvious to anyone objective looking at this that money is the root of the problem.

  • 7. mary lansdown  |  January 28, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Dear Rev Schuler, I have watched you worship service many times and now I am taking a course to become a licenced Lay Worship leader and hoping to further my life by becoming a Licenced Lay Minister. I am sixty one years old and grade nine education. I am writing to ask you for some help. I am rewriting a sermon on The family of Jesus. But I was told
    that information on Wikepedia is not authentic. Is there anywhere else I can find this information. I would like to get information on Jesus Mother her town of birth and her parents and siblings. I know that Joseph was married before and had children who lived in Nazareth but no mention of daughter’s names is mentioned in the Bible.
    Would you please help me.

    I thank you with all my love and best wishes.

    God keep your ministry healthy.

    Your friend in God


  • 8. Cary Mac  |  February 20, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    today is feb 20th 09 and i wonder if you have an up to date whereabouts of Robert a Schuller or where he may be holding services , we so enjoyed his total commitment to the Lord and his followers, i shurly appreciate this , Thank You Cary


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