December 15, 2008 in City

Schuller’s son leaves Crystal Cathderal

Associated Press

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – The Rev. Robert A. Schuller has resigned as senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, shortly after his father yanked him from the church’s long-running television program, “Hour of Power.”

Schuller resigned last month, according to a news release on the Crystal Cathedral’s Web site.

“It is expected that Robert will make an announcement soon regarding plans for his new ministry,” the cathedral said. “The leadership and congregation wishes him all the best as his plans unfold.”

Juan Carlos Ortiz, founder of the Crystal Cathedral Hispanic Ministry, is taking over as senior pastor until a permanent replacement is found.

A spokesman for the 10,000-member church did not return a call Sunday from the Associated Press.

The Crystal Cathedral, with its glittering landmark building, was founded by Schuller’s father, Robert H. Schuller.

Nearly three years ago, the elder Schuller named his son to succeed him as senior pastor. But he removed him from the “Hour of Power” broadcasts in October after the church said the younger Schuller refused his father’s requests to rotate the show’s preaching duties.

The church said “lack of shared vision” led to the split between the younger Schuller and his 82-year-old father.

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