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When was the final service in the Crystal Cathedral held? The special service, honoring the past and celebrating the future, was held on Sunday, June 30, 2013.
When did the congregation move to their new location? The congregation and church staff moved in late June 2013. The first service was held on July 7, 2013, with the church filled to capacity.
How was the Hour of Power television broadcast affected by the move? During the transition, re-runs and previously un-aired services were broadcast through the summer months until all broadcasting and editing equipment was relocated to the new church campus in Garden Grove and ministry headquarters in Huntington Beach, and the sanctuary was prepared for taping. After the move was complete, the final service in the Crystal Cathedral and the first service at Shepherd's Grove were broadcast consecutively, on September 22 and 29, 2013. The Hour of Power is now being broadcast from its new location at Shepherd's Grove church.
Any more details on the Shepherd's Grove move? It was, in effect, a swap of facilities with the St. Callistus' congregation and the diocese's administrative offices. About one mile apart on Lewis Street in Garden Grove, rent payments for the new location will be $25,000 per month due beginning January 2014 and increase at a predetermined rate every two years thereafter. The new, beautiful, sunlit sanctuary seats approx. 1,200.
Is there an organ in the new location? Yes. One of our generous church members has donated a magnificent organ previously owned by, and now named for, one our beloved former organists, Frederick Swann. For more details on this custom designed, 4-manual organ, go to http://www.rodgersinstruments.com/node/1753.
Where are the Hour of Power and administrative offices now located? Supporting the Hour of Power, which is continuing to be broadcast nationally and internationally to millions of homes and hearts worldwide, the ministry's administrative staff - for both church and Hour of Power - has moved to new offices in Huntington Beach.
What will happen to the items (stepping stones, glass bricks, seats, windows, etc.) that donors have sponsored to help build Crystal Cathedral Ministries' former campus? The Catholic Diocese, in honoring the donors and the history of the Crystal Cathedral and its ministry, has communicated that they will keep these historical items intact except in the case of new construction/refurbishment. In August 2013, the diocese announced that the Walk of Faith stepping stones would be removed; a pictorial tribute to the donors may be found at walkoffaith.christcathedralcalifornia.org.
Why did the ministry decide to sell the property to the Roman Catholic Diocese? When it became clear in 2011 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.
Who is currently leading the ministry? In 2012, Pastor Bobby Schuller accepted the position of Hour of Power Pastor. In 2011, John Charles accepted the position of the ministries' President and CEO.
What's the latest update on Dr. Robert H. Schuller? Now retired from the ministry he founded in 1955, Dr. Schuller had been continuing to communicate in various media and venues, carrying on his life-changing ministry to the world. However, all of us at the Hour of Power and Shepherd's Grove ministries were saddened to hear of Dr. Schuller's recent diagnosis of esophageal cancer. He is getting treatment and is looking forward to the future, while also sharing his pleasure in the life that God has blessed him with thus far. Please join us in prayer for the entire Schuller family as they support their beloved husband/father/grandfather through this significant health issue.
What are Rev. Robert A. Schuller, Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, and Pastor Jim Penner doing now? Supportive of the ministry's decision to choose his son Robert V. "Bobby" Schuller as the new Hour of Power Pastor, Robert A. Schuller occasionally appears on the program while primarily working with his son-in-law Chris Wyatt on new endeavors in positive family media. Sheila Schuller Coleman and Jim Penner, along with Pastor Harold Shaw, moved their thriving ministry, Hope Center OC (of Christ), to a new location in nearby Orange, CA.
Is Shepherd's Grove a part of a church denomination? Yes, the church is, as it has been for years, a recognized member of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) denomination.