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Crystal Cathedral breakaway church set for first service

March 18, 2012 | 10:52 am

Sheila Schuller Coleman
The daughter of Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller was scheduled to hold the first service of her breakaway church at an Orange County movie theater Sunday morning. 

Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman left the ministry founded by her father and started a new church, the Hope Center of Christ.

The service was to be held in Theater 15 at the AMC multiplex at the Outlets at Orange. She said the location was temporary.

"I am excited to say that the concession stands will be open," she said in an email to would-be congregants. "Children of all ages can feel free to enjoy their popcorn, coffee and candy as we worship the Lord."

The elder Schuller and his wife quit the international board overseeing the ministry, now bankrupt, that he started more than half a century ago. The church's "Hour of Power" program was long a pillar of American televangelism.

-- Steve Marble and Anna Gorman

Photo: Sheila Schuller Coleman. Credit:  Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times