The U.S. trustee overseeing the bankruptcy proceeding of megachurch Crystal Cathedral filed objections to the salaries of three staff members, including two family members of the pastor, Robert A. Schuller.
A court document filed last Friday states that the job descriptions of Schuller’s youngest sister, Gretchen Schuller Penner, and her daughter, Neva Penner Klaassen, overlapped in producing the church’s “Hour of Power” TV program.
Gretchen Penner, first employed in March 1999 as executive director of programming and director of prayer ministry, had a 2009 salary of $69,525. The total 2009 compensation for her daughter, Neva Klaassen, was $55,099. Klassen began working as programming manager in July 2004 and managed the scheduling of music guests and directed the Sunday evening services, according to her job description.
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