Chuck Smith has setback in lung cancer battle


COSTA MESA, Calif. — Pastor Chuck Smith, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and founder of the Calvary movement, had a setback in his battle with lung cancer after doctors upgraded his condition to Stage 4.

One of Smith's daughters, Janette Smith Manderson, posted a call to prayer on Facebook Saturday for her father.

"Update on my dad: Prayer warriors, it is time to put on your armor and fight in the spiritual arena," she wrote. "Dad's doctors just upgraded his lung cancer from Stage 3 to Stage 4, due to the fluid in his lung. This fluid contains cancer cells. He just had the fluid removed for the second time.

She went on to explain that her father was set for another treatment on July 1, in which doctors would remove more fluid and order a CAT scan to see if his lung was responding.

"If his lung does not expand, he will have to have a catheter installed in the lung area to help him to empty the fluid at home," Manderson wrote. "If his lung does expand, they will put talc into his lung to keep the fluid from forming."

She added that the family was hoping for the second outcome, saying the procedure was "simpler and preferable for various reasons."

"Please ask the Lord for His perfect plan for Dad to be accomplished," she continued. "We trust our Heavenly Father to know best. Thank you eternally for praying."

On June 25, the church posted a photo of Smith with his daughter, Cheryl Brodersen, as they celebrated her father's 86th birthday.

Smith first went public with his diagnosis on New Year's Day 2012 in an announcement during worship services at his megachurch. Long considered the father of the Jesus People Revolution in Southern California, Smith told Assist News he had never smoked. The cancer was discovered during routine blood testing.

"I'm feeling great," Smith told the news service a few days after his announcement. "You know, it's an interesting thing, with what they say is going on inside of me, that I'm not feeling it at all. There is no pain, and I am just rejoicing in the Lord."

At the time the high-profile pastor indicated the cancer was treatable.

"We know it's in the hands of the Lord, so I have no fears," he said, adding, "It's all in the Lord's hands, and I am trusting Him to guide them, and I'm sure He's guiding me."