Chuck Smith goes to Law Against a Brother

Calvary Satellite Network is run from Twin Falls. Jeff Smith and Mike Kestler were the last two men standing on the board of CSN. Both tried to take the other out. Chuck Smith's "The Word for Today" is suing Mike Kestler pastor of Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls (Idaho). Kestler is suing Smith.

Charges flying both ways

 Chuck Smith circa 1978 wrote:

If it were not for the scripture concerning going to law with a brother, I would have sued John Todd long ago for liable and slander; because I do obey the scriptures and seek to obey them, I have not filed this suit against him but the statements that he makes are totally false. 

Jump forward to 2006

Chuck Smith's "The Word for Today" has filed suit against Mike Kestler for over 1 million dollars and control of CSN.

 The story is covered here.

Scripture says

1Co 6:6-9 but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren



Calvary Satellite Network

A number of Calvary Chapel churches operated radio stations that broadcast Calvary Chapel teaching and Christian music. This network of radio stations is called the Calvary Satellite Network International (CSN International). Their programing is mostly Bible teaching with some Christian music. 


Flagship Stations


Calvary Chapel Twin Falls (in Idaho) operates KAWZ whose programming is retransmitted by satellite to 43 full-power stations and 344 broadcast translators around the country. Calvary Chapel Twin Falls also operates KEFX called Effect Radio, which broadcasts Christian rock music. They are a mostly Christian music station with around 50 stations re-transmitting their programming.



Calvary Chapel Albuquerque (in New Mexico) operates KLYT which is called M88 Radio. This station plays Christian music and has 16 broadcast translators around New Mexico. There is a great deal of controversy over how Calvary took control of this community station. From the Wikipedia article 

Even with the show of continued community support, Paul Saber, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Academy's board (as well as a member of Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque's board), spearheaded an effort to have KLYT and its assets "gifted" to the Calvary-Albuquerque. ...

Non-Calvary members of the board were in the minority during the station's transfer process. A number of local Christian leaders lamented the single-church takeover of a station that had operated for 25 years by a network of Evangelical churches from a variety of denominations. The Christian Broadcasting Academy was dissolved, and Calvary-Albuquerque took over KLYT and its network of translators on January 1, 2001.

Fiducial duty to KLYT should have precluded a sweatheart deal but having Paul Saber on both boards set up a clear conflict of interest between the two boards.

Skip Heitzig’s Connection Communications filed an application with the FCC on the 7th to move the license for M-88 (KLYT) to Calvary of Albuquerque.


CSN Finances

There is a battle raging for control of the Calvary Satellite Network. The battle is between Jeff (son of Chuck) Smith and Mike Kestler. Both men were the last two members of the board of CSN. Both moved to remove the other from the board. The battle has now moved to the courts with suits and countersuits flying.


How Does CSN get new stations?

There's a story out there about the take-over of a radio station.


Other Calvary Stations (not on CSN)


Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa operates KWVE in Los Angeles, California. Their programming is mostly Bible teaching, but it also has some Christian music.




America the Beautiful

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