Oct 30, 2019
Dustin Plantholt’s “Life’s Tough—You Can Be Tougher” podcast this week features Robert A. Schuller, an American author, televangelist and pastor, and head of the Robert Schuller Ministries, whose mission is to inspire the world by incorporating the whole person and seeking to minister to people physically, emotionally and spiritually—aptly titled “Vital Living.”
Dr. Robert Schuller is the son of famed televangelist Dr. Robert Harold Schuller—founder of the Garden Grove Community Church. In 1955, the senior Schuller came to Garden Grove, California and started a church in the tradition of the Dutch Reformed Church in America (RCA). What evolved from a small gathering of parishioners at a local drive-in theater became America’s first “mega church” and, eventually, America’s first “television church.” In a span of twenty years, the Garden Grove Community Church had grown to 10,000 members and resided in the Crystal Cathedral, a massive structure constructed of glass walls and ceiling. Its weekly television worship service—Hour of Power—had become the most-viewed religious television program in the world.
Soon after graduating from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 1976, Dr. Schuller became a regular participant on the Hour of Power reading scripture and occasionally preaching. Following his graduation from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, Dr. Schuller was ordained in the one-week-old Crystal Cathedral. It was from that stirring pulpit, alongside his father, Dr. Schuller reached a television audience of more than 20 million people worldwide delivering a weekly message of “Possibility Living.” Dr. Schuller served as senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral from 2006-2008 and now continues his ministry with Robert Schuller Ministries.
As a highly successful author of 17 books—including the New York Times best-seller “Walking in Your Own Shoes”—he travels the world advocating for peace with The Global Peace Foundation and is regularly seen on national stages as a motivational speaker.
Dr. Schuller lives in Newport Beach, California and is married to Donna Greenough Schuller, a Certified Nutritional Consultant and author of three books, and a regular participant in the ministry in a variety of roles over the years. Together, they have four grown children and six grandchildren. When they are not engaged in ministry or visiting their children or grandchildren, the Schullers love the outdoors and scuba diving in the oceans of the world.
Join Dustin and Dr. Schuller for a heartfelt conversation on his life’s mission to inspire the masses towards “Vital Living.”