One of the nation's most beloved pastors has regressed in his
battle with cancer, and his family is asking for prayer.
Calvary Chapel founder Pastor Chuck Smith recently experienced a
setback in his battle with lung cancer. Smith's daughter announced
that doctors upgraded his lung cancer from Stage 3 to Stage 4 after
they found cancer cells in fluid from his lungs.
Not long ago, the Calvary Chapel pastor was winning his fight
with lung cancer. Smith is scheduled for fluid removal on July 1
and will have a CAT scan to see if his lungs have expanded. If his
lungs have expanded, his daughter said doctors will place a talc
into his lung. If they don't expand, doctors will have to install a
catheter into his lung area.
A former Calvary Chapel pastor, Pastor Alan Esses, comments on
the blessing that Smith has been to him and to others in the
"We just love him," Esses tells OneNewsNow. "We thank the Lord
Jesus Christ for his faithfulness - faithfulness to Jesus and to
the Word of God. He has been such a blessing to me and my family
and to countless others in California and throughout the
At a New Year's Day service in 2012, Smith shocked congregants
with the announcement of his battle with lung cancer. The Calvary
Chapel senior pastor has seen the Calvary Chapel movement explode
nationally and globally, and he was a vital part in the "Jesus
movement" of the late 1960s and early 1970s.