Senior Pastor Chuck Smith of the Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, Calif., announced to his congregation Sunday that he is suffering from lung cancer.
He told the church that he will have a biopsy on Tuesday and surgery the following week.
Smith, the father of the Jesus People Revolution in Southern California, is presently in his 80s. He has never smoked a day in his life.
Assist News Service reported that Smith's son-in-law, Brian Brodersen, joined with other pastors at the huge church following Sunday services and anointed him with oil and prayed for his healing.
Karl Corcoran, evangelism pastor at the church, posted on Facebook, "Update: Pastor Chuck Smith having surgery this month for lung cancer after a series of tests this week. Estimated recovery time is three weeks."
For several years, ANS correspondent Brian Nixon co-hosted Pastors' Perspective with Smith.
In a previous tribute to Smith he wrote, "Pastor Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel Movement and one of the key figureheads of the Jesus Movement, has touched the hearts and lives of countless of people in his six decades of ministry."
"Not to mention his influence upon the fabric of Christian culture," Nixon added. "From the 2,000-plus Calvary Chapel churches spanning the globe, to the praise-and-worship phenomena initiated in the 1960s, his impact looms large in the halls of modern Christian history."