R. W. Schambach

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R. W. Schambach
Born (1926-04-03)April 3, 1926
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died January 17, 2012(2012-01-17) (aged 85)
Tyler, Texas, U.S.
Cause of death heart attack
Education Central Bible Institute, Springfield, Missouri, B.A. theology
Occupation Evangelist, television personality
Employer Shambach Ministries
Known for Co-founder and president of Schambach Ministries, Tyler, Texas
Salary > $50,000 (?)
Title Rev. Schambach
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Winifred Donald Schambach (m. 1948–2010; her death)
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter (evangelist Donna Schambach)
Website www.schambach.org

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.[1]

Early life and faith[edit]

Robert W. Schambach was born on April 3, 1926, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,[2] 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.[citation needed]

Family life and death[edit]

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[3] (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.[4][5] He was interred next to his wife at the Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery in Tyler, Texas.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.daystar.com/televisionschedule DayStar TV broadcast schedule
  2. ^ Rev. W. "R.W." Schambach Obituary
  3. ^ "Obituary". Obituaries.Tylerpaper.com. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Roberson, Amanda. "Tyler-based evangelist, R. W. Schambach, dies - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports". Cbs19.tv. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Obituaries". Legacy.com. 20 January 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 

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