Matthew Crouch, Vice President of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, offered a statement on the passing of Dr. Robert H. Schuller, recalling Dr. Schuller's longtime partnership with TBN. “Back in 1973, when TBN was a small, struggling TV station in Southern California, Dr. Robert Schuller became TBN's first paid ministry partner with his program Hour of Power. That step of faith by Dr. Schuller, who was already a nationally recognized Christian leader, was a major blessing for my parents, TBN founders Paul and Jan Crouch, because it carried with it an implicit endorsement of this fledgling network God had called them to found. It was as if Dr. Schuller was telling the world: 'I trust TBN and this new vision for Christian television, and I'm going to partner in that vision for the long haul.' Over forty years later Hour of Power, now hosted by Dr. Schuller's grandson Bobby Schuller, is still on the air on TBN — in the very same time slot Dr. Schuller started with those many years ago.