Orange County, hippies, bronzed bodies, fast-lane lifestyle, and sexual purity-which element doesn't fit?
In December 1965, part-time pastor, part-time mobile-home remodeler Chuck Smith became pastor of the two dozen members of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California. Chuck reached out to the flower children, and before long thousands of converts, a new sound for Christian music, and a host of daughter churches wrote Chuck's name indelibly in the history of the Jesus People movement.
That was a generation ago. Today Chuck is still pastoring, his ministry in many ways a field hospital for those wounded in the sexual revolution. Not far from the singles bars and the bare-facts beaches, Calvary Chapel has maintained a consistent message of biblical morality to people who have seen it all. And now the church ministers as well to the children of the former flower children.
There's something refreshingly unpretentious about Chuck and his megachurch: Both appear casual yet ...1