Prominent pastor’s battle with cancer intensifies

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

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 Christian community.

"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 world."

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.

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