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Schuller, Robert Harold
Robert Harold Schuller, 1926–2015, American Protestant minister and television evangelist, b. Alton, Iowa. Schuller gained attention (1955) when he used a drive-in theater to preach to his newly established Los Angeles–area congregation. His Reformed Church in America congregation was housed (1980–2012) in a multimillion dollar edifice in Garden Grove, Calif., called the "Crystal Cathedral." His church's televised "Hour of Power" (1970–2006) was one of the top religious broadcasts in America; he also wrote more than 30 books. Schuller retired as principal pastor in 2010.