By Dan Wooding
Details have been set for a huge Memorial Service for Chuck Smith, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and the father of the Jesus People Revolution, who passed away October 3, 2013 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
It will take place at the Honda Center (formally The Pond) at 2695 E. Katella Ave. Anaheim, CA 92806, on Sunday, October 27th, 2013, from 5-8 PM. Many of the early Calvary Chapel pastors and musicians are expected to take part in this tribute to the man they called “Papa Chuck”.
Charles Ward “Chuck” Smith, (June 25, 1927 – October 3, 2013), was the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the founder of the Calvary Chapel movement. Beginning with the 25-person Costa Mesa congregation in 1965, Smith’s influence has extended to thousands of congregations worldwide, some of which are among the largest churches in the United States.
Smith has been called “one of the most influential figures in modern American Christianity” and oversaw, with others, the birth of modern-day worship music as many of the hippies he ministered to in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, found Christ in the tent erected on the property where a new sanctuary was being built.
More details to follow.