After turning over the Crystal Cathedral pulpit nearly three years ago to his son as the main preacher on the Hour of Power TV program, founding pastor Robert H. Schuller now says he has “parted ways” with his son over their opposing visions for the ministry.
Schuller, 82, announced October 25 that the program, seen by millions worldwide, would be placed in “jeopardy” unless the pulpit at the Garden Grove, California, church were offered as “a platform for the greatest preachers in the world.”
Walt Kallestad, pastor of the 12,000-member Community Church of Joy in Glendale, Arizona, was scheduled to preach November 2. Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago was named as a possibility.
The congregation’s board made the decision on Robert A. Schuller, 54, who remains as senior pastor but made no immediate public comment.