Statement by Franklin Graham on the Death of Dr. Chuck Smith

By   •   October 3, 2013

Chuck Smith

Pastor Chuck Smith was my friend. He preached his last sermon from a wheelchair this past Sunday. Physical death ushered him into God’s presence for eternity on October 3, but his earthly ministry will be remembered as impacting generations since the 1960s. He taught the Bible from cover to cover—Genesis to Revelation—and verse by verse multiple times.  He believed the Word of God and lived by it.

For the last several decades when I traveled to southern California, Pastor Chuck always took time to share a meal with me and fellowship over what the Lord was doing.  I was with him this summer and had the privilege of preaching for him at his pastor’s conference and in a special crusade sponsored by Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa.

He will be missed but for those who know Christ as Savior we have the same hope Chuck wrote about in his book, Comfort for Those Who Mourn, when he stated, “One day I will move out of my body and into God’s dwelling that Jesus has prepared for me—this is Living Hope.”  There is no greater comfort than to know that my friend’s incredible journey through life led him to Heaven.






Franklin Graham
President and CEO
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Samaritan’s Purse

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  1. Tere Cole says:

    And now he is home with the Lord.

  2. Maria C. Novak says:

    What a blessing this Pastor Chuck was to me. I visited his church twice in California. He was so down to earth, loving man. Now he stands in the Presence of greatness. How wonderful to know he is with Jesus. Heaven applauded when this giant for Jesus arrived. I loved you and your teaching very much. You made your mark. Here on earth. Countless people were touched and restored through your open and loving ministry. What a privilege it was to listen to you.r teaching. Truly a lover of Christ.

  3. Doug says:

    A True Man Of God.