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Schuller's Tree of Life Community Church to Merge into Shepherd's Grove
Move Consolidates Pastoral and Television Ministries of Bobby Schuller
Contact: Darin Campbell, 512-785-8350
GARDEN GROVE, Calif., Feb. 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Tree of Life Community church (www.treeoflifeoc.org), founded by the Rev. Bobby Schuller, will merge into Shepherd's Grove church (www.shepherdsgrove.org), home of Crystal Cathedral Ministries and the "Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller" television program (www.hourofpower.org), on March 1.
Photo: Bobby Schuller delivers a sermon during services at Shepherd's Grove church in Garden Grove, Calif., and for the "Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller" weekly broadcast. Tree of Life Community church, founded by Schuller, will merge into Shepherd's Grove on March 1.
Members of both congregations approved the consolidation last month. Schuller had pastored the two churches since assuming leadership of Shepherd's Grove in January 2014.
"This move is a natural progression of what we feel God wants to do with our ministries," said Schuller. "The transition from Crystal Cathedral to where we are now was seamless, and the 'Hour of Power' continues to grow and reach more people with the gospel. We're continuing to add television networks and stations, including NRB and Pop networks and KTLA in Los Angeles, to our programming. Plus, award-winning, nationally recognized television producer Phil Cooke recently signed on as executive producer of the 'Hour of Power.'"
The Tree of Life name will be retired and its assets and personnel will join Shepherd's Grove. Tully Wilkinson will become pastor of contemporary worship. Don Neuen and Marc Riley, two regulars on the "Hour of Power" program over the years, will continue in their current roles.
The new "Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller," which launched Oct. 5, retains its popular sacred music and sermon while incorporating new segments and popular music performers.
Crystal Cathedral Ministries, founded by Schuller's grandfather, began as the Garden Grove Community Church at the Orange Drive-in Theatre in 1955, soon adding a 300-seat chapel four miles away. It later expanded to the larger campus. As the ministry grew, in 1970 the "Hour of Power" television program launched and aired in all 50 states by 1975. The program eventually became the most-watched religious program in the world, reaching 17 million viewers.
"Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller" can be seen in the U.S. on TBN, The Church Channel, NRB Network, the new Pop network and KTLA in Los Angeles.
Supported by a network of 11 Hour of Power local offices around the world, the full hour airs internationally in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, New Zealand, Pearl River Delta/China Mainland, the Republic of Ireland, Russia, South Africa and other African countries, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. A half-hour version airs in 177 countries and on all military ships at sea on American Forces Network. The full hour is available at all times at www.hourofpower.org.  
Additional information on the "Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller" is available at www.hourofpower.org.  

To schedule an interview with Bobby Schuller, contact Darin Campbell at (512) 785-8350 or dcampbell@inchristcommunications.com.