The Rev. Steuart McBirnie has formally stepped down as senior minister of the financially and legally troubled United Community Church of Glendale, turning over the pulpit he has held for 25 years to a 38-year-old Baptist minister from Van Nuys.
The new minister is John B. Myrick, who until last week was assistant pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Van Nuys.
McBirnie, 66, founded a multimillion-dollar empire and numerous church organizations by using his charismatic presence and a nationally syndicated radio show, on which he preached staunchly anti-communist sermons. McBirnie resigned because of poor health, but hopes to launch an international television ministry, church officials said.
New Minister Faces Problems
Myrick was installed as head minister of United Community Church during last Sunday's service. He assumes spiritual leadership of a 400-member church that last month filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U. S. Bankruptcy Code.