COSTA MESA, CA Pastor Chuck Smith, 82, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California, and the father of the “Jesus People” phenomenon in Southern California, had suffered a couple of “minor strokes" Dec. 27 and is in recovering well in a local hospital.
According to Brian Brodersen, associate pastor to Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Smith’s improvement in twenty-four hours has been tremendous.
Broderson gave an update on Smith’s condition on KWVE’s Pastor’s Perspective radio show.
“Pastor Chuck suffered a couple of ‘mini-strokes’ and the doctors expect him to make a full recovery,” said Brodersen.
Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, Riverside, California, said on his blog, “Let’s remember this beloved man of God in prayer, that the Lord would touch, bless, and heal him.”
Like Greg Laurie, Mike MacIntosh, senior pastor of Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego was also discipled by Chuck Smith.
Mike told ANS, “Pastor Chuck Smith is strong and will recover from this physical ailment. It is difficult to see someone you love be in the hospital.
“Our prayers should be for their children, Jan, Jeff, Cheryl and Chuck Jr., and their many grandchildren. We must not forget Kay who has adored Chuck for 50 plus years of marriage.”
Mike MacIntosh was one of the early converts in those early days of the “Jesus People” and, because of personal problems; he was divorced from his wife, Sandy. After both Mike and Sandy found Christ as their Savior, they were re-married at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, by Pastor Smith.
Church officials state that the doctors say Smith’s prognosis is good and that a period of rest is important to his full recovery.