Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby is donating a 170-acre ranch to a California megachurch led by one of the nation's most prominent ministers.
Tuesday, the national arts and crafts retailer disclosed its donation of the Rancho Capistrano property to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., where the Rev. Rick Warren is senior pastor.
Warren is renowned for having authored the best-seller “The Purpose-Driven Life,” his international humanitarian initiatives and, in recent years, his mingling with U.S. presidents and other prominent leaders.
Hobby Lobby leaders said that Hobby Lobby has been leasing the ranch property to the church. Saddleback has been using the property as an overnight retreat center for personal renewal, group fellowship and life planning, as well as a pastoral training center and regional church.
The property was a gift in 1981 to Crystal Cathedral Ministries from Donna Crean and her late husband, John, founders of Fleetwood Enterprises. Under Crystal Cathedral Ministries, the ranch provided spiritual outreach through retreats and religious gatherings.
The Crystal Cathedral Ministries board voted to sell the property to Hobby Lobby, which agreed to lease the property to Saddleback.
The ranch is located 12 miles from the main Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.