A few hours after his former church congregation issued a call for prayer for his health, family members of the influential founding father of the Crystal Cathedral and the ‘Hour of Power’ Rev. Robert H. Schuller announced his death at the age of 88.
EMB learned that he passed away Thursday, April 2nd, 2o15 at a nursing home in Los Angeles.
Schuller’s grandson, who has been leading the church since 2013, confirmed his passing through Twitter, writing, “My Grandfather Robert H. Schuller passed this morning into eternal life with Christ.”
A statement in part on Schuller’s passing by his grandson, Bobby, publicly issued by Shepherd’s Grove reads as follows:
“The Rev. Dr. Robert H. Schuller, founding pastor of the Crystal Cathedral and minister to millions over four decades through his acclaimed weekly Hour of Power television broadcasts, died Thursday morning, April 2nd with his loving family by his side. Dr. Schuller had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer in August 2013. At the time of his death, he was 88 years old….”
“After setting out my own, the Crystal Cathedral Congregation, now Shepherd’s Grove, voted unanimously to have me return and lead the church into its next chapter. I have the incredible honor of carrying on my grandfather’s legacy by teaching people that they are not what they do, not what they have, and not what people say about them. They are the beloved of God. This message is going to millions around the world as we carry on the work my grandparents and parents began exactly sixty years ago. The Hour of Power team is dedicated to keeping Dr. Schuller’s legacy alive by providing our messages, old and new, to those who need to hear them most.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dr. Schuller. May God give them strength and comfort in this their time of sadness and grief.