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Schuller's daughter to lead Crystal Cathedral

July 12, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Sheila Schuller Coleman was affirmed Sunday as senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral Church. She is replacing her father Rev. Robert H. Schuller. Coleman, 59, previously served as principal of a private Christian school run by the cathedral and head of the family ministries division at the Orange County church.

Following the announcement, Coleman said her father is not retiring from the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, despite previous reports saying he would step down.

Coleman says her 83-year-old father, who has been in the pulpit for 55 years and serves as host of the long-running "Hour of Power" TV show, will assume the newly created position of chairman of the church board of directors, known as its consistory.

Sheila Schuller Coleman said in a statement Monday that her father will keep delivering his message of "possibility thinking" at least once a month and has not retired.

Coleman takes over a church that has been plagued with debt problems and where future leadership has been unclear. The move came two years after Schuller's son, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller, left the church during a public family rift. The younger Schuller had been groomed to take over for his father.

Robert A. Schuller is now part of Dallas-based American Life Network, a cable channel aiming to produce family oriented programming.


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