Dan Wooding (July 13, 2010)
Thanking God, Schuller prayed for his daughter saying, "You have kissed her soul, hallelujah, hallelujah."
(Garden Grove, CA)–The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, founding pastor of the Crystal Cathedral megachurch in Garden Grove, California, and host of the internationally televised "Hour of Power" broadcast, announced on Sunday (July 11, 2010) that he is retiring from his lead pastor duties after 55 years and passing the reins to his firstborn daughter.
In a story, written for the Orange County Register, Scott Martindale wrote that Sheila Schuller Coleman, 59, director of ministry and mission at the Garden Grove church, has essentially headed up the all-glass house of worship since June 2009.
"She will now become the sole leading pastor, after sharing that role with her father for the past year," said Martindale. "The elder Schuller, 83, will assume the newly created position of chairman of Crystal Cathedral's consistory, which is the church's board of directors."
The elder Schuller told his congregation during the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday, July 11, 2010, "I'm very proud that Sheila has earned her doctorate at the University of California, Irvine, and that this university has declared her to (have earned) a distinguished alumnus award. Congratulations, I'm very proud of her."
Martindale went on to report, "Coleman's appointment comes in the wake of a highly-publicized family rift two years ago that led to the departure of Schuller's son, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller, from the church. At the time, it appeared the younger Schuller was being groomed to succeed his father.
"Robert A. Schuller is now part of Dallas-based American Life Network, a cable channel aiming to produce family-oriented programming."
Martindale stated that Coleman previously served as principal of a private Christian school on the Crystal Cathedral campus and head of the church's family ministries division. She was ordained just a month before she was appointed to head up Crystal Cathedral Ministries.
"That was emotional for me, and I'm humbled and honored to be asked to take this responsibility," Coleman said Sunday just after being commissioned, wiping away tears as she addressed her congregation. "I truly know that God is here, He loves this ministry and my call is to help take the ministry into the future and to continue dad's ministry."
The reporter said that the elder Schuller spoke positively about his daughter when she was appointed to head Crystal Cathedral last year.
"(Coleman) has earned a doctorate degree in administration and leadership, and that's the kind of power leadership this church is going to need today and tomorrow," he told his congregation in June 2009.
On Sunday, Rev. Schuller said a prayer for his daughter.
"You have kissed her soul," Schuller said, thanking God. "Hallelujah, hallelujah."
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Source: ASSIST News