Main Service Times: Main - 9:30 & 11:00 AM | Evening - 7:00 PM | Arabic - 1:15 PM
Who is currently leading the ministry? In mid-February, at the invitation of the Board of Directors, John Charles accepted the position of the ministries' President and CEO. "My most pressing desire is to thank you for your prayers, support, and your heart for God and for this ministry," says John.
Why do we no longer see Dr. Schuller in the pulpit? Dr. Schuller has retired from the ministry and is no longer involved in its day-to-day operations. "At the age of 85," says John, "we respect his decision to slow down, and know he well deserves this time of rest and reflection. He and Arvella are doing well, physically, but due to the ongoing legal cases, etc., they find it difficult to attend the church."
Where is Sheila Schuller Coleman? Over the months, as feedback was received expressing increasing displeasure over the new direction of the music during Sunday services, Sheila and Jim Penner were asked by the congregation and the board to change the format of the service. Sheila felt very strongly about the music and her ministry direction, and she and Jim moved their ministry, Hope Center OC (of Christ), to another location. The ministry wishes them the best in this new endeavor.
Who is now in the pulpit? Will Robert A. Schuller return? At this time, as the board stabilizes the local church and televised service following this change in leadership, besides a series of excellent guest speakers, Dr. Lawrence Wilkes (usually at 11 am) will be in the pulpit along with Bobby Schuller (usually at 9:30 am), who has offered his help in rebuilding the best Sunday morning service possible. Also, the now-volunteer Choir Director Don Neuen is back, along with Orchestra Director Marc Riley! Meanwhile, Robert A. Schuller continues to be supportive of this ministry as he and his talented son-in-law, Chris Wyatt, work on new endeavors in positive, family media.
Now that the Roman Catholic Diocese owns the grounds, how does that affect the church and the Hour of Power? As church member and viewer support continues, the church services will continue and the Hour of Power will remain on the air no matter where the church is located. When it became clear that selling the property would be best for the future of the ministry, the board and Dr. Schuller decided to sell to the Catholic Diocese so the buildings and grounds would always remain places of worship, as they were intended. Though other offers were greater, the stipulations within those offers did not guarantee that the campus would remain a site for Christian worship.
When will Crystal Cathedral Ministries move to a new location? A move in June 2013, in effect, will be a swap of facilities, with the St. Callistus' congregation, and later the diocese's administrative offices, moving to the Crystal Cathedral. The churches are about one mile apart on Lewis Street in Garden Grove. The Diocese has granted the Crystal Cathedral free rent at the St. Callistus campus, which will be renamed when the move is made, through December 2013. Rent payments of $25,000 per month will be due beginning January 2014 and escalate at a predetermined rate every two years thereafter. The length of the lease has not been determined. The sanctuary seats about 1,200, a little less than half the Crystal Cathedral sanctuary's capacity.