The founder of the Crystal Cathedral and his spouse have removed themselves from their posts on the board, saying it has become an “adversarial and negative atmosphere.” According to The Christian Post, Dr. Robert and Arvella Schuller were in legal dispute with the board over copyright infringement and back payments owed for services, but they were told by the board last week that “the Board had no interest in continuing their dialogue aimed at positive resolution,” a news statement said.
The Crystal Cathedral is now owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County after a sale of $57.5 million. The megachurch filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 and may continue to use the facilities for worship services for $100,000 per month the first year and $150,000 for the following two years.
The Christian Post also reported that Sunday was the final service for Schuller’s daughter, pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, who said she was starting a new church in the local area. Called Hope Center of Christ, the new church would be no more than ten minutes from the Garden Grove icon and congregants could decide where they wanted to worship next week. Even so, Coleman said in her final message that “God’s house that he wants us all to remain focused on is eternal.”
“Nothing can take that away from us. That is never ever ever … for sale because it’s already been bought with the blood of Jesus Christ!” she added. “I have good news for you today—your escrow on your eternal home has closed!”