Rev. Robert H. Schuller, a longtime televangelist based in Southern California, has been diagnosed with cancer after the ministry declared bankruptcy.
Carol Schuller Milner, Schuller’s daughter, told The Associated Press last week that her father has a fist-sized tumor in his esophagus that has spread to his lymph nodes. Oncologists said the 86-year-old founder of the Crystal Cathedral has a tumor at or near Stage 4, which is the most dangerous stage of cancer.
Doctors say the cancer has not spread to his vital organs and that Schuller still remains strong enough for treatment. At first, Schuller was given three months to live, but now doctors say he can live two more years with radiation and chemotherapy.
Milner said her father is “very reflective and peaceful” during this time, although he doesn't have much energy. “He’s closer to heaven than he is to this tangible world,” she is reported to have said.
Schuller began his ministry in 1955 preaching at a drive-in movie theater. In 1970, his television ministry Hour of Power began broadcasting.
The Crystal Cathedral, built in 1980, was recently sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange after the ministry filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.