COSTA MESA, Calif. The congregation at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California, was stunned on New Year's Day when Senior Pastor Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel network of churches, announced during the Sunday morning services that he has lung cancer and will have a biopsy on Tuesday and surgery the following week.
Chuck Smith, now in his eighties and the father of the Jesus People Revolution in Southern California, said that he has never smoked in his life.
At the end of the third service that was broadcast on KWVE 107.9 FM, his son-in-law, Brian Brodersen, joined with other pastors at the huge church and anointed him with oil and prayed for his healing.
Karl Corcoran, evangelism pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, posted on Facebook, "Pastor Chuck Smith having surgery this month for lung cancer after a series of tests this week. Estimated recovery time is 3 weeks."
Kathy Buckley Keys said in response to the posting, "We were stunned with the news of Pastor Chuck. His ways are higher than ours and He is able to keep that which is committed to Him so we commit Pastor Chuck and all that is related to him, family, doctors and treatments to the Great Physician who knows Pastor Chuck intimately and ask for His guidance, favor, love and support through this time."
Shortly after the announcement, the KWVE Facebook page was flooded with goodwill messages for Chuck Smith.
Joni Barger wrote, "I'm praying for a miracle. I'm an avid listener to the radio program. Pastor Chuck I've learned so much from you. God is with you."
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