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Crystal Cathedral Votes Founder Rev. Schuller Off Board

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GARDEN GROVE (AP) — A report says the Rev. Robert H. Schuller has been voted off the board of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, a church he founded more than 50 years ago.

Schuller’s son Robert A. Schuller tells the Orange County Register Sunday that his 84-year-old father wanted to enlarge the board, but members instead voted him off. The younger Schuller was himself ousted from the church in 2008.

“It’s a very sad day and unfortunately, I know how that feels,” the younger Schuller told the Orange County Register. “A majority of that board consists of paid employees of the church, and that’s a serious conflict of interest.”

Schuller and the Register did not give details on the vote, but he said his mother, a board member, voted with the minority to keep the senior Schuller.

The move is the latest of several — some voluntary, some not — that have brought a diminished role in the California megachurch for Robert H. Schuller. It is not clear what role if any he’ll still have.

Since 2008, daughter Sheila Schuller Coleman has headed the ministry, which has been plagued with problems including bankruptcy.

A church spokesman reached by phone declined comment.

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