Nearly 400 belongings of the late Rev. Robert H. Schuller, famed televangelist and founder of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries, are being auctioned off online through Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Items include letters written to the reverend by presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan; an autographed copy of Johnny Cash’s 1975 memoir “Man in Black”; Schuller’s Bible from the 1950s, signed by evangelist Billy Graham; and knickknacks the “Hour of Power” TV show’s founder kept around his estate.
Schuller, who started his ministry at the Orange Drive-In in 1955, died of cancer in 2015. He was 88.
Money made from the auction will go toward paying off debt the Ministries accumulated after the economic downturn.
The Garden Grove megachurch in 2009 experienced a significant drop in revenue, prompting the sale of property in south Orange County, and the cancellation of its “Glory of Easter” pageant for the first time.
Budget woes also forced the Cathedral to lay off 140 people in a little over a year. In 2010, the church filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Jim Penner, then a church board member and Schuller’s son-in-law, told the Register at the time that the debt was at about $44 million.
Crystal Cathedral, the reverend’s beloved, glass church, was sold off to the Roman Catholic Church, which renamed it Christ Cathedral.
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