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Calvary Chapel

The Calvary Chapel movement started in the 1970s as an outgrowth of founder Chuck Smith’s ministry in the Jesus Movement. Smith had been a pastor in the charismatic Foursquare denomination, but he became fed up with denominational control. Today, there are more than a thousand Calvary Chapels worldwide, though Smith has remained opposed to forming an official denomination.

  • Subscriber Access OnlyDay of Reckoning
    Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel face an uncertain future.
  • Subscriber Access OnlyDocumentary of a Hippie Preacher
    A documentary about Lonnie Frisbee, a key figure in the Jesus Movement and the growth of Calvary Chapel, is making the rounds at film festivals. We talked to the director about Frisbee, who died of AIDS in 1993.
  • Subscriber Access OnlyUnaccountable at Calvary Chapel
    Former pastor still pulled strings years after his departure, Calvary of Albuquerque members claim.
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  • Calvary Chapel’s Tangled Web
    A pastor whose family was murdered in New Mexico belonged to a large association of evangelical churches that, critics allege, stands behind misbehaving pastors and looks away when they are accused of sexual abuse and other misdeeds. (The Daily Beast)
  • Visalia pastor sues son over 'cyberbullying'
    Alex Grenier, 40, launched the website Calvarychapelabuse.com more than two years ago and posted accusations that his father committed felony child abuse against him and his three brothers while pretending to be an upstanding preacher and police chaplain (Fresno Bee)

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