Change of guard at the Crystal Cathedral

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. /*Rev. Sheila Schuller Coleman*/ says it seems surreal as she walks with her husband on the grounds of the Crystal Cathedral. The 58-year-old selected to lead the megachurch founded by her father /*Rev. Robert Schuller*/ decades ago.

"The thing that took me by surprise is they said 'It's a woman, it's a woman.' It tickles me because the fact I'm in position with one of only a few if not the only woman as a leader of a megachurch," said Rev. Sheila Schuller Coleman.

Coleman takes over after a difficult time. It is said the younger Schuller -- many knew him as Robert Jr. -- left the church due to a bitter family feud. He was removed from the popular syndicated "Hour of Power" television show less than three years after their father handed over the ministry to him.

Coleman says when her father stepped aside the church made a mistake asking her brother to take over without enough support or preparation.

Coleman admits the church has suffered fewer donations and a drop in attendance.

Coleman plans to appear each Sunday on the Hour of Power. But she won't be preaching every Sunday, neither will her father. They'll have a team of several preachers to help out.

Coleman says the ministry teams will take part in decision making. The goal is to carry on her father's vision and to give strength to the weary.

The mother of four sons, who holds a doctorate in education administration and leadership, knows it's a huge task but she's ready.

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