"Chuck Smith: Jesus Movement Founder Not Afraid of Anything"
IRVINE, Calif. – Calvary Chapel movement founder Chuck Smith, who also was a key figure during the nation’s “Jesus people” era that began more than 40 years ago, shared much of his life’s story in a rare interview with evangelist Greg Laurie Thursday evening.
Smith, 84, who told his congregation at church last Sunday that he had lung cancer, was asked by Laurie toward the end of the interview if he was afraid of anything. The two were seated at a desk facing the crowd of nearly 2,000 in attendance at the Irvine church’s main sanctuary and overflow.
As he stared back at Laurie with his well-known grin, pausing briefly, Smith answered, “Not really.”
To which Laurie replied, “You are unlike any man I know.”
Laurie, whose ministry of delivering messages at large outdoor evangelistic events began as part of Smith’s vision, started the evening by talking about what was known as the Jesus movement. The movement began in the late 60s as part of Smith’s, and his wife, Kay’s, desire to minister to hippies.
“Chuck is known globally as the father of the Jesus movement. You can also make a case for contemporary Christian music and even contemporary praise and worship, which began in the early 70s at Calvary Chapel,” Laurie said during the interview, which was broadcast from Harvest Orange County. “If that was all Chuck ever had a hand in that would be more than enough for one guy in one lifetime, but Chuck was just getting started.”
The videos are up on Youtube, I was not able to embed them. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4