James MacDonald Announces Return to Pulpit with 8-Part Series at Calvary Chapel South Bay

By Julie Roys
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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.

Video of MacDonald Announcing He’ll Preach at Calvary:


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56 thoughts on “James MacDonald Announces Return to Pulpit with 8-Part Series at Calvary Chapel South Bay”

  1. Tom Worthington a Calvary Chapel Pastor

    Understand that Calvary Chapels are each Independent churches, and CC South Bay does not represent the view or actions of the CC Movement

    1. Is this a disclaimer? Trying already to distance yourself from this charlatan?
      Rotsa ruck. MacDonald will stick to you like sticky chewing gum. Drop him like a hot potato

    1. Give it time. They’ll figure it out. James couldn’t have picked a worse time to relocate. Must’ve been a heck of a drive out to CA, in that big RV, just him and Kathy, worrying about paying lawyer’s fees and selling that big, gaudy, cold house in Elgin.

      He could’ve gotten a job and simply, genuinely said he was sorry. No harm in that. But noooooo…….

    1. If God “forgives all” then why is the road that leads to destruction so wide? And why are so many people on it? I’m not trying to be snarky I’d just like to know if you can answer my question.

  2. One in the wilderness

    It seems he is repeating a play from the book of Jonah. God commands him to be obedient
    And he gets in his RV and travels thousands of miles in the opposite
    Direction. Unbeknownst to him, a new virus is floating around and stops his plans.
    I wonder what kind of fish is waiting for him in the Pacific? This is going to be interesting.

  3. MacDonald’s WITW mailing list must be VERY valuable for Pastor Gill to take on this wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    Parishioners – look sharp! Do you not have Google on the West Coast? Just look him up; learn for yourself. And “shelter in place” until MacDonald is given the ‘heave-ho’. It won’t be long; plus, his timing is all wrong.

    What a lousy sermon, to boot. MacDonald’s not much of a ‘performer’ without an audience of trained seals to bark along with him. Enough of the ‘y’all’, ‘dawg’ and ‘bro’, James. Grow up: dress and act like a man

  4. A few years back, during a sermon MacDonald set a portion of the stage on fire! (Prayer Accelerator) He put people in danger, for Pete’s sake.

    Showing up in church, wearing football uniform shirts, carrying basketballs, wearing more jewelry than a woman – 4 or 5 rings, looking like a biker dude in leather vests.

    Why did no one rein him in then?

  5. So what is it with Pastors wearing jackets, made for outdoor wear, on stage? Is this a thing? Are they all cold or something?

    1. Very tragic, Jas. MacD acts “like nothing ever happened” (asked me once “how’s my walk with the Lord?” …does that scum have the right to ask anyone that question now?) And there is that other no-character Hybels who’s still hiding –
      They both need to come clean to their former churches!!!

      I will NEVER set foot in either “church” as long as I live. NEVER AGAIN !!!

  6. Lebrenda I’m with you sister. My only concern is that he hasn’t taken ownership or asked for forgiveness. God needs James to ask for forgiveness and confess to the people he has hurt. While I only watch him on line, I can tell the people at Harvest are so precious. They loved him very much and they are hurt to the core by what he did. I don’t presume to have the mind of God or know if he has been forgiven, but I do pray for the man and for the truth that’s in his heart to be revealed one way or the other. God’s speed Harvest.

  7. When was the last time JMac preached at your Chapel? Today is Sunday, 4/5 and I’m looking on-line for his Sunday sermon? Wasn’t he scheduled for an 8-part series?

    Have you canned him already?

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