Crystal Cathedral board reinstates founder as voting member
A statement released by the Garden Grove church Thursday said the board, which oversees the "Hour of Power" broadcast, voted last Friday to expand its size.
The board, which used to have five members, now has nine, including representatives from the local church congregation. Only three members of the old board remain: the elder Schuller, his wife and Jim Penner, who is married to Schuller's daughter Gretchen.
Rick Mysse, a former official with the church’s denomination, and Gwyn Myers, a financial consultant for the church, were voted off the board, and Sheila Schuller Coleman, the senior pastor, was given a non-voting spot on it.
Spokesman John Charles said part of the reason Mysse and Myers were ousted was because they had voted to remove Schuller’s voting rights in June. Myers is no longer a consultant for the church, he said.
The moves come nearly four weeks after the church said Schuller had been promoted to chairman emeritus, a non-voting position, denying that he had been ousted from the board.
The Crystal Cathedral has been roiled by controversy in recent years, beginning with the resignation of Robert Anthony Schuller, the founder's son, from the church in 2008. Then, last October, the church filed for bankruptcy, citing more than $50 million in debt.
The new board will consider several proposals for the cathedral property, including one from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which recently offered $50 million in cash.
It was Robert Anthony who first said his father had been ousted from the board because the elder Schuller wanted to expand it. The younger Schuller described the board as teeming with conflicts of interest.
The members of the board are now Robert H. Schuller; his wife, Arvella Schuller; Schuller Coleman; Penner; Ruby Rinker; the Rev. Walt Kallestad; Diane Highum; Paul Lips; and Yvette Manson.
Schuller Coleman is the board's interim chairman, a non-voting position.
In the statement, the elder Schuller said the new board will "guarantee success" for both the local and international ministry.
"I applaud these dear board members for taking the bold step in helping us to continue to lead the way in positive, life-changing ministry,” he said.
A bankruptcy hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1.
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Photo: Robert H. Schuller Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times