Crystal Cathedral fires 3 of founder's relatives

March 6, 2012 - 9:15 PM

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — The Crystal Cathedral has fired three relatives of the megachurch's founder in an effort to revamp the "Hour of Power" amid declining donations and viewership.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/zlkwiY ) reported Tuesday that the church's board voted to oust Rev. Robert H. Schuller's daughter and two sons-in-law along with five other people.

Church spokesman John Charles says Schuller and his wife abstained from voting to dismiss daughter Gretchen Penner and her husband Jim Penner as producers of the "Hour of Power" televangelist program. Son-in-law Jim Coleman was dismissed as director of creative services.

The program will replay previous episodes for a few weeks amid the change in direction.

The financially-struggling Crystal Cathedral sold its sparkling church to the Diocese of Orange under a plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com