Crystal Cathedral Fires 3 Relatives of Robert H. Schuller and 5 Others

hcsp.jpgThe Crystal Cathedral has fired three relatives of the megachurch’s founder in an effort to revamp the “Hour of Power” amid declining donations and viewership. 

Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman and Jim Penner, executive producer of the “Hour of Power,” at a 2010 press conference. The Crystal Cathedral board voted Thursday to fire Penner from his position, along with two other Schuller famjily members. The Hour of Power will go into reruns for several weeks while the church determines a new vision for the show.

The Orange County Register ( ) reported Tuesday that the church’s board voted to oust Rev. Robert H. Schuller’s daughter and two sons-in-law along with five other people.
Church spokesman John Charles says Schuller and his wife abstained from voting to dismiss daughter Gretchen Penner and her husband Jim Penner as producers of the “Hour of Power” televangelist program. Son-in-law Jim Coleman was dismissed as director of creative services.
The program will replay previous episodes for a few weeks amid the change in direction.
The financially-struggling Crystal Cathedral sold its sparkling church to the Diocese of Orange under a plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
Source: The Associated Press