The Latest on The Smith Family Battle
Chuck Smith Jr. spoke to some of the issues in the suit, beginning with the controversy over his late fathers caregiver.
“She did everything that a live-in caregiver would do,” Smith told CP. “I hope that in all of this that she is fully vindicated because she is a wonderful person and does not deserve to be maligned.”
As to the finances for his mother, Smith Jr. clarified that issue as well and removed Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the Brodersens from guilt.
“In regards to the financial claims against CCCM, Smith said that his parents had been paid through a program known as Rabbi’s Trust for quite a while and the church was not responsible for his dad’s salary. He said that if there was a lapse in what his mother was now receiving, it was due to “either negligence or ineptitude in part of the executor of the trust.””
Kay Smith also gets royalties from The Word For Today.
“Again, if my mom was slighted in funds from Word For Today, it wasn’t Calvary Chapel that did it,” Smith, Jr. said. “If I had heard that my mom was not receiving adequate compensation or care I would have inquired into it and if there was any problem there I would have taken her into my home.”
Janette Smith Manderson, who is bringing the suit, told the reporter, there are “other issues, but TWFT is the heart of the matter.”
Thank God for Chuck Smith Jr.
If he had not spoken up so strongly, clearly, and quickly this story and all of it’s accusations would have exploded over the lives of those accused.
It is a reflection of his character in my opinion that he has not allowed the caregiver to his father to become collateral damage in a bitter family dispute.
My hope is that if she is vindicated that it is reported as widely as this mess.
Legal wrangling over who owns what is expected and necessary…destroying an innocent persons reputation isn’t.