R. W. Schambach
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|R. W. Schambach|
April 3, 1926|
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||January 17, 2012
Tyler, Texas, U.S.
|Cause of death||heart attack|
|Education||Central Bible Institute, Springfield, Missouri, B.A. theology|
|Occupation||Evangelist, television personality|
|Known for||Co-founder and president of Schambach Ministries, Tyler, Texas|
|Salary||> $50,000 (?)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Winifred Donald Schambach (m. 1948–2010; her death)|
|Children||2 sons, 1 daughter (evangelist Donna Schambach)|
Robert W. Schambach (April 3, 1926 – January 17, 2012) was an American televangelist, pastor, faith healer and author. His television program, Power Today, can be seen on the DayStar Christian TV network as well as over the internet in streaming podcasts.
Early life and faith
Robert W. Schambach was born on April 3, 1926, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Harry Ellsworth and Ann Moyer Schambach. He became a born-again Christian as a youth on a street corner when the evangelist C. M. Ward had given an altar call to receive Jesus Christ.
Ordained as a pastor by C. M. Ward, Schambach, who was also a protégé of the evangelist/faith healer T. L. Osborn, received his formal training at Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Missouri, in the mid-1940s, after serving in World War II as a navy boiler-maker on a destroyer in the South Pacific and Asia. He then began an apprenticeship with A. A. Allen and worked for five years. Shambach began travelling extensively with Allen on his "Miracle Crusades" during that period along with Don Stewart and Leroy Jenkins.
Family life and death
Schambach's wife of 61 years, Mary Winifred Donald (born September 3, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), died from natural causes in Tyler, Texas on April 20, 2010 at age 83. R.W. met Mary while she was a student at the Eastern Bible Institute of the Assemblies of God in Green Lane, Pennsylvania (now the University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania). They married following year, on September 4, 1948 (just one day after Mary's birthday). The couple subsequently had two sons and a daughter: Bobby, Bruce and Donna. Donna Schambach is a pastor and faith healer in the Tyler area. Schambach had six grandchildren: Rachel, Bobby III, Mark, Amanda and Christi. He died of a heart attack on January 17, 2012. He was interred next to his wife at the Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery in Tyler, Texas.
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