The Passing of a Revolutionary Christian Leader

Pastor Chuck SmithEarly this morning, Oct. 3rd, Pastor Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, went to be with his Lord at the age of 86 after a battle with lung cancer.  Since the battle with this disease began in 2011, Pastor Chuck continued to preach and oversee the administration of Calvary Chapel, serving the Lord until the very end. In 1965 when Pastor Chuck began Calvary Chapel, he welcomed pop-music, hippies, casual clothing, and youth of the day with a non-judgmental attitude, revolutionizing  conservative Bible based Christianity.  He propelled the “Jesus People Movement” in Southern California and launched Maranatha Music in 1971, transforming the way many churches experience worship today.  Today there are over 1,000 Calvary Chapel churches worldwide.

Here at Advocates for Faith & Freedom, we are blessed to have been supported by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa over the past few years.  Join with us in prayer for the Smith family and the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa congregation.  

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.  Psalm 116:15