Church members are rejoicing to hear that the founder of the
Calvary Chapel movement has miraculously recovered from cancer.
Calvary Chapel's founding pastor, Chuck Smith, announced during
a recent communion service that his cancer has shrunk and is no
longer active. During the communion service, Smith told his
congregation that his tumor had shrunk to five times smaller than
its previous size. The Christian Post reports that many
congregants thought it was bad news at first, but then burst into
applause after they realized that it was good news.
According to a Facebook post by Smith's daughter, Janette Smith
Manderson, the 85-year-old pastor's latest scan showed that the
tumor is dead.
Smith shocked his congregation when he first announced on New
Year's Day that he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He has continued
preaching during Sunday and Wednesday services and also hosts the
daily afternoon radio show "Pastor's Perspectives."
Pastor Allan Esses, a former Calvary Chapel pastor, expresses
the joyous response to the news of Pastor Smith's progress toward
"What a praise report to see the great things that God is doing
for Pastor Chuck Smith in the healing of his body," he says. "We
who have been praying for him for these many months rejoice and are
thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ, for his tender touch, his
healing hand upon our dear pastor."
At the direction of his doctor, Smith will still continue
chemotherapy and treatment.