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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Date and time set for Pastor Chuck Smith’s Memorial Service

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

ANAHEIM, CA (ANS) -- Details of a huge Memorial Service for Chuck Smith, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California, and the father of the Jesus People Revolution, who passed away at the age of 86, in the early hours of Thursday, October 3, 2013, after a courageous battle with lung cancer, have been set.

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., when 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.


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Dan Wooding, 72, is an award-winning journalist who who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 50 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is a novel about the life of Jesus through the eyes of his mother called "Mary: My Story from Bethlehem to Calvary". (Click to order)

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