Dateline: Monday, May 18, 2015 – Posted 10:30 PM PDT – We have been following this issue for the past 5 or 6 weeks and yet, it continues to surface. It seems Geoff Madison is on a witch hunt to target staffers that are involved in a divorce and dressing them down for not fixing their marital issues. It seems he singles them out and strongly recommends they resign from the ministry.

If Geoff succeeds in this mission, perhaps his next target will be gays and lesbians. Perhaps it would be a good idea for Geoff Madison himself to resign from the ministry before he targets another group he dislikes.See “Buzz Item” dated March 16, 2015 toward the bottom of page.

Dateline: Saturday, April 25. 2015 – Posted 5:15 PM PDT – This item should have been posted April 22. Regrettably we missed it. Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Lawrence Wilkes in celebration of fiftieth  year of his ordination into the Gospel Ministry.

In the words of Dr. Wilkes, “It has been an awesome adventure with God for which I will be forever grateful.”

Congratulations again, Dr. Lawrence Wilkes, our friend and our pastor.

Dateline: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – Posted 9:15 PM – – Regular readers of this site will notice that we had placed a link to this new website on the main page. You will now note that the link has been removed.

We originally believed that this site was being established to honor the memory of Dr. Schuller. After reviewing the site in more detail and reflecting on the unusual format of Monday’s memorial service, we see this site as yet another attempt by Carol Milner to make money off Dr. Schuller’s great works. is owned by Legend Mill Media, Orange CA., a for-profit company, whose use and operational rights are suspended by the CA Secretary of State. President: Carol Milner.

The website currently offers several RHS books for sale via Amazon. Carol receives royalties from these sales. We are organizing a volunteer group to maintain a catalog of Dr. Schuller’s works on this website. This catalog will contain recommended alternate locations where these works can be purchased legally without royalties flowing to Carol.

We also expect that Carol’s website will soon offer a recording of Monday’s memorial service for sale. For those who are interested in purchasing a copy, be aware that the proceeds will go to benefit Carol Milner. Carol has taken extreme measures to remind us all that she “owns” the entire service.

We agree with the vast majority of Dr. Schuller’s loyal followers; the Bankruptcy Court; Several Courts of Appeal and the US Supreme Court - Carol Milner should not reap any further benefit from Dr. Schuller’s work. She and her family have been generously paid by supporters of this ministry.

Dateline: Sunday, March 22, 2015 – Posted 8:45 PM PDT – Announced from the Pulpit today at Shepherd’s Grove. Chad Blake is named Executive Pastor. That can only mean that Pastor Bill Bennett, who until this announcement today held the title Executive Pastor.

Does this mean Pastor Bill Bennett has been “thrown under the bus?”

And no, we are not casting any aspersions toward Chad Blake. He’s just the “young guy” replacing the “the old guy.”  Remember, Bobby doesn’t like the so-called “white hairs.”

By the way, Pastor Bill Bennett was a “left over” from the Crystal Cathedral staff of pastors as is Jim Kok and Glenn DeMaster.  One can only guess which of these two are on the “hit list” next.  Maybe it could be both all though we fervently hope not.

Dateline: March 16, 2015 – Posted 9:00 PM PDT –Yesterday a curious confrontation took place on the plaza at Shepherd’s Grove during the contemporary service.  Yours truly, the webmaster, my wife and two close friends were sitting at one the tables on the plaza.  We were discussing the so-called “leadership’s” plans to close the Academy and we were formulating a strategy to keep the school open, if not at Shepherd’s Grove, then somewhere else in less hostile territory.  Since we have been building the Academy Pages on this website to generate interest in saving an excellent Christian school with a a track record of providing an excellent academic and fine arts education, it has been no secret  - this website favors keeping the school open.

Suddenly, the four of us caught a high velocity object coming toward us as if it had been propelled from somewhere toward the north. The “object” was none other that Geoff Madison. From where I sat, I could almost imagine the word, “AGENDA” stamped in bold type on his forehead - his forward speed seemed to indicate purpose and dedication.

Don’t recognize the name,? We’ll give you the background as we understand it. Geoff is a former youth pastor from somewhere in Washington state. As pastor Chad Blake’s father-in-law - Hilary Blake’s father, he was brought to Shepherd’s Grove to join the “nepotism club” and fill the position Family Life Pastor after he lost his job in Washington.

Since this whole brouhaha over the closing of the school came from nowhere, we have been trying to the identity of the instigator. After this fellow Geoff swooped in and landed himself in a chair, in a matter of a few short minutes we had a pretty good idea who the instigator is. He dived right in and began a lecture on how schools should not be attached to churches because the underprivileged can’t afford the tuition. One in our group who is financially successful pointed out that he could fund some underprivileged youth. So our wiz kid party crasher asked with a straight face, “can you afford to fund a million kids– its about equality!”  I interjected, “there is equality at birth, but no equality of outcomes. That’s the real world.” Sorry to say that comment vaporized in a nanosecond after it left my lips. I don’t think he “got it.”

Fortunately for our group of four, we had a 1 o’clock meeting to join a few others at a local restaurant– they are also part of our “save the school” team.  So, we gracefully declined to continue with “Pastor” Geoff and left, since we all were stunned and embarrassed by what he had to say.

Members of the local congregation, Hour of Power viewers, members of the Greater LA, Orange County community, we feel complaisance is not an option.  The loss of the former Crystal Cathedral Academy would be one more example of “dumbing down America.” Please do whatever you can to insure this fine school that produces outstanding high achievers in academics and fine arts will survive.

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We have been very busy here at Shepherd's Grove Schools. Our Open House took place last Thursday and besides seeing so many wonderful projects in the classrooms, there was a huge art display, and performances by many students! It was a wonderful night. We were also able to express some of our specific needs for the move, and some families were able to sign up to volunteer their time, services, and items needed for the move.

Mainly our needs at this time consist of moving boxes, volunteers for many tasks in preparing for the move, and monetary donations for the move in general as well as specific things such as purchasing new white boards and upgrading our new facility.

Previously, we shared with you our GoFundMe page and are pleased to see it continue to grow. If you feel lead to help us further in this grand adventure, please use the link to our GoFundMe page (below). If you'd prefer to see your funds help us in specific ways, please contact Ms. Rose Calderon, Mrs. Dey, or our school office and we can help find a project that touches your heart.

If you have moving boxes or have another special service or items you'd like to offer us, please contact us! We'd love to have you play a part in all the action.

So... drum roll please... that leaves us the most exciting part! The News! We are delighted to present to you our school's new name...

Shepherd's Grove Schools will soon be called TRINITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS! We are so blessed to have many wonderful supporters helping us along the way through this journey. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

From the Planning Committee

Shepherd’s Grove Schools

Despite the efforts of the Shepherd’s Grove leadership to close the school formerly known as the Crystal Cathedral Academy currently known as Shepherd’s Grove Schools, it is going to survive anyway. However, financial help is needed to fund relocation costs and make necessary modifications to classrooms in the new location. Therefore, we at Pens Opinion urge you to contribute whatever amount, large or small, to insure the success of this school which has a track record of turning out very well educated students.

To contribute: Click Here