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Chuck Smith: visionary pastor changed American church, legacy felt in Maine

Chuck Smith, seen here hosting a recent radio show, was founder of the Calvary Chapel church movement in 1968, which spawned the "Jesus People" movement of the early 1970s in California. While his legacy is expositional (verse-by-verse) preaching through the Bible, his churches are credited with influencing the casual atmosphere and high-energy music of the modern American worship service found in a variety of contemporary evangelical churches today. He died October 3rd, 2013 after a battle with lung cancer.

I typically write about more general topics related to the Christian faith, and my personal faith journey. This time, though, I’d like to use this blog to discuss the passing of a man who changed the landscape of American church. And while he called California his home, his legacy is felt in Maine, and will continue to impact lives here for many years to come.

I sat down at my computer Thursday morning and was met with the news that Pastor Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel church movement in the mid-1960′s, had died. But Pastor Chuck Smith did not die, he moved. In 1994, those were his words…