From 2003-2008 one of the stories that dominated this blog was that of the controversies surrounding what was then known as the Calvary Satellite Network.
The massive radio network had been a joint venture between Chuck Smith’s son Jeff and the pastor of Calvary Chapel Twin Falls, Mike Kestler, a venture funded by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.
Kestler’s career had almost been short circuited by accusations of immoral behavior from one of his congregants, but Chuck intervened with his board to save him.
He came to regret having done so, as more accusations surfaced and came to a head with a lawsuit filed against Kestler by an employee who claimed she was fired for turning down Kestler’s advances.
Smith bankrolled that suit for a while and it was later settled out of court.
After a series of lawsuits the empire was divided, the name “Calvary” was removed from the church and the radio network, but both survived and remained under the control of Mike Kestler.
Today, the radio side is the “Christian Satellite Network“, the church “River Christian Fellowship”.
Oddly enough, the network still flies the dove in their logo.
Kestler, who had hosted the networks call in show ‘To Every Man An Answer”, left the airwaves a few years ago amidst all the scandals.
He returned to the air Monday after being divorced from his wife and having remarried someone 38 years his junior.
The couple has a child that sources say was conceived before the divorce proceedings were final.
His return has resulted in the resignation of one board member of the network and at least one of the former hosts of the program.
The only remaining questions are how many others associated with the network will have the moral integrity to resign as well, and how many broadcasters will continue to run their programs on the network.
For now, Kestler will be answering your bible questions live every day at 3:00 P.M. Pacific.
You should probably ask another pastor about family and marriage issues…
Update: Most of the co-hosts have resigned with the notable exception of Leo Giovinetti.
We’ve been asked about former co-host Steve Matheson.
Matheson was also involved in an adulterous affair and was removed from his pastorate and is now divorced from the wife of his youth.