Disgraced Pastor James MacDonald last night announced that he’ll be returning to the pulpit on March 22 with an 8-part series at Calvary Chapel South Bay in Gardena, California.
Calvary Senior Pastor Jeff Gill introduced his “dear brother” James MacDonald to the Calvary Chapel congregation at services last night and told them that MacDonald would be teaching at Calvary for the next eight Sunday evenings. Gill encouraged congregants to invite people to the services who “don’t know the Lord” or who need “a special word from the Lord.”
MacDonald then addressed the crowd, telling them that he had pastored a “wonderful church in Chicago,” but adding: “God has seen it to be fit to allow us to be separated from the church that we loved for our whole lifetime. And it has been a real crucible of suffering for us.”
Neither MacDonald nor Gill told the congregation that MacDonald’s former church, Harvest Bible Chapel, had disqualified MacDonald from public ministry for a “substantial pattern of sinful behavior.” They also did not mention that an audit conducted by Harvest found that MacDonald had misused millions in church funds “for improper financial benefit.”
MacDonald said that over the past five to six months, “God has really begun to stir within us a hope and an expectation that he had something for us still to do, and that he wasn’t finished with us. And that our—uh, my—failures, were not such in relational matters that he couldn’t forgive those things.”
MacDonald said the new series would be entitled, “The Power to Change,” and would feature lessons from “my own life and the things God has been teaching us.”
MacDonald remains in arbitration with Harvest over rights to his former broadcast ministry, Walk in the Word. MacDonald also recently sued Chicago radio and TV personality Mancow Muller for alleged defamation.