CCSP LiveStream 06/11/17 Lists Danny Hodges As Speaker But Changed 2nd Service To Dave Dodge

This morning at 9:00 i tuned into Calvary Chapel St. Pete’s LiveStream to watch the mornings service. Looking to the right of the screen it said Pastor Danny Hodges would deliver today’s message.

CCSP LiveStream Screen Capture 1st Service 06.11.17
Calvary Chapel St. Pete LiveStream 1st service showing Danny Hodges as speaker 06/11/17

I was really excited thinking my Shepard was back home where he belonged. No such luck. After the band finished playing Dave Dodge stepped up to the pulpit to deliver GOD’s word.

Checking again at the 11:00 service the speakers name was changed to Dave Dodge.

Calvary Chapel St. Pete 2nd Service LiveStream 06.11.17
Calvary Chapel St. Pete LiveStream 2nd service showing Dave Dodge as speaker 06/11/17

This post is simply an observation we thought worthy of blogging.  Was this a simple typo? Or trickery and deceit intended to boost attendance or livestream viewing?


Also this comment was entered by an anonymous source yesterday. It gives a better explanation of what happened to Pastor Danny.

First there was tension between Danny and some of the pastors at Calvary Chapel for a variety of reasons for sometime. Some of the differences are theological, Calvinism and the Calvary Chapel “Moses” model are just a couple of the theological differences. Some are over leadership style, many of the pastor’s did not feel like they could “talk things over” with Danny because he was unapproachable, and some are over management decisions he made like firing someone in maintenance and putting his son on staff with full benefits when there were others waiting for full time status. How do I know these things? The unhappy pastors have voiced this publicly to many, many people for a long time, and that is the truth.

Pandora’s box was opened when Danny presented to the Ruling Board the five year plan he thought the Lord had given him. That plan was to groom his youngest son to take over as Pastor in five years. The Board had problems with the plan, but Danny continued to pursue the idea.

When the unhappy pastors got wind of this, it brought all the prior issues to a giant head. The idea of Jairus as Pastor of Calvary Chapel probably had almost nothing to do with what followed, but instead was a reason to air those problems that already existed. Whether the pastors went to Bob Cory or whether he got wind of it from the pastors or Board, Bob wrote a letter to the Board, which was in essence a character assassination of Danny Hodges. (Those who have been involved at Calvary know there was no love loss between Bob and Danny.) After reading the letter, the Ruling Board decided to interview the other pastors and staff. Things were now set in motion with the majority of the pastoral staff (Excluding Art, Luis, and Frank) opposing Danny continuing as pastor with the Calvary Chapel “Moses” model. They believed Danny had too much power. There was stubbornness on both sides with neither willing to give in. At some point the pastors also wrote a letter to the Board with Art, Frank, and Luis not signing. The Board did not know what to do. Both sides, Danny and the Pastors, were unbending so the Board decided to go to an outside organization to mitigate. I believe Art Dykstra and Dave Dodge were tasked with finding an organization. Art did not believe this was biblical and so I am not sure how involved he was or who suggested PastorServe to them.

PastorServe came in and conducted interviews in what seems like a whirlwind fashion. In the report there was some truth, some lies, and some incidents from many, many years ago. (There was absolutely nothing immoral in the findings!) I am wondering why PastorServe did not verify everything in the report, but they did not and it seems like including false witness makes them liable on some level. Danny had a few options. A vote of confidence from all the elders, a retirement package, or the PastorServe option. As we all know he first chose the retirement option, but reconsidered and decided to confess his previous drinking issue, his anger (which we already knew about) and his pride, and submit himself to the Board and PastorServe knowing this would allow him a path back to Calvary.

If this comment is true – we suggest CCSP come clean with their members before everyone abandons ship. The way this rift is headed that old Walmart could become an empty building again.

12 Thoughts to “CCSP LiveStream 06/11/17 Lists Danny Hodges As Speaker But Changed 2nd Service To Dave Dodge”

  1. Mike Ormsby

    Can your clarify the sequence of events a little better? Someone was fired from the maintenance staff. Was Jairus then hired on the maintenance staff, full time w/ benefits? Is Jairus still employed? If so, what is his position? If Jarius is still working on staff, it would be very difficult for him to be in the eye of the storm. Firing someone from the maintenance staff and overlooking others more experienced, must mean there are more wounded Christians. Has there been any attempt to justify that situation?

    The pastors were right in being concerned over Danny’s five year plan. Ministry is a calling from God, and not just a vision on one person’s part. Ministry is not a family business. If Danny was unapproachable, and the Moses Plan gave him too much authority, there needs to be serious changes in the structure of the church.

    1. The wording was from an anonymous comment left on another post. It was not confirmed to be true. Speculation at this point.

      However as i see it, it was Danny’s church to operate as he saw fit. He built it into what it is now. He solicited the donations to tastefully remodel that old Walmart store. His sheep dug deep into their pockets contributing more money over their regular givings to pay of or pay down the mortgage early.

      So several senior pastors who disliked Danny decided they didn’t want his son taking over as senior pastor in 5 years. They devised a plan to use PastorServe to get rid of Pastor Danny, and it was done. They legally threw him out on his butt. It’s all about Money and Power friends!

      1. Carole A Collotty

        Yes, I believe that too!

        1. Joe Seddio threw me under the bus 3 years ago. Debating whether to write an article about my experience.

          1. Carole A Collotty

            I would write it. We need to know just how Christian our places of worship are.

          2. Carole A Collotty

            Rebeca, your reply is right on. Family is ministry…..I have no problem if Danny had a plan that would include Jairus in pastoring. God knows his family is all about the Word. Who else better to serve than a son who is like his father. No problem for me. In fact it would be wonderful because when Pastor Danny was ready to retire I wouldnt have to wonder what or who was next! Stick with that plan Danny. This is all happening because of money, power, and jealousy. Yes, this storm will be over soon and God will win. ❤️ We true Christians know that God is above all, and God knows who the true leader is and should be at Calvary. God will bring Danny and all of us through this, but the ones who created this uncalled for ugly situation should fear our God, for HE sees right through them all! Thanks Rebeca for your perfect words when you addressed your reply! Your words are my words! ❤️ Thank you for praying for us all. We cannot let this go away no matter what the truth is. Pray for forgiveness and soft hearts for all.

      2. Lynn Schantz

        The Lord built it into what it is now. Tithe is the Lords money and Joe Seddio is one of the finest men I know! I think Pastor Danny is an awesome pastor and will be missed but The Lord is in complete control and can handle this situation. Nothing escapes his attention and ultimately He has allowed what has happened.

        As for Dave Dodge, he is my father and he has remained silent to protect Danny’s integrity. Also to spare his family any hurt from looking on Facebook and all of the sites where gossip and slander is being splashed all across people’s sites for everyone to see. It is so unbelievably painful, I can tell you that firsthand as I have had to experience it as I’ve read it about my dad, Dave Dodge, my father, an upstanding, God fearing man. He has been the biggest example of living out his faith and has taught all us (his children)to do the same. I am fortunate to have a father like him. What people are saying about him is not true. You don’t even know him! You have become what you claim to hate by even having this Blog. This is just another example of Christians giving Christianity a black eye to unbelievers who are looking at all of this wondering what is difference between believers and the world.

        Let The Lord do what he plans to do. I can guarantee that the God of the universe can handle this, he doesn’t need our “help” to find a solution. If there is evil as you say let Him root it out. Let us all live out what The Lord commands for us to do and love one another so they will know we are Christians by our love.

    2. Crazy for Truth

      The firing and subsequent reinstatement of the maintenance person are not related to Jairus being brought onto staff. The CCSP website states Jairus’ current ministry position.

      As far as the post being speculation or not: It’s a pretty good accumulation of the events which occurred.

    3. Carole A Collotty

      It doesn’t matter to me what happened “behind the scenes”. Nothing that was supposedly going on took away Pastor Danny’s wonderul teachings, nor the way he presented the Word, nor did it affect the congregation. If anything, Danny was continuing to bring more people in. We love and want Pastor Danny back……..WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM AND THE CONNECTION HE ENABLED US TO HAVE WITH GOD. WHATEVER HAS HAPPENED, NO MATTER WHY OR HOW IT HAPPENED, GOD WILL FORGIVE ALL……….SO CALVARY CHAPEL, START BEING CHRISTIAN AND FORGIVE AND MOVE ON. WITHOUT PASTOR DANNY CALVARY CHAPEL WILL BE EMPTY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WILL NO LONGER BE CALLED A CHURCH. BEHIND THE SCENE ISSUES NEEDED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF THERE. BECAUSE SOME DECIDED IT COULDNT BE TAKEN CARE OF THERE, THEY, MINUS THREE, DECIDED TO PUSH DANNY OUT. AND NOW THEY ARE STARTING ON HIS FAMILY. THEY HAVE ALREADY PUSHED OUT LOTS OF “US”. WE ALL NEED FORGIVENESS SO LETS START THAT PROCESS SO PASTOR DANNY CAN RETURN AND CALVARY CHAPEL CAN AGAIN BE CALVARY CHAPEL.

    4. Rebeca Gallegos

      Or people can let God run the church the way He originally set it up, through Danny.

      Why not leave if you don’t agree!? Go build your own work of God if you feel you have that calling, instead of being lazy and deceptive and trying to thieve and usurp the life’s work of this man of God?

      For 35 years y’all have been riding his coat tails, benifitting from his anointing and his unswerving obedience to his God. I’d love to see any one of you men who signed off on “sitting Danny down” do half of what he’s done for God, which is the natural outflowing of his calling and personal relationship with GOD.

      As far as Jairus’ future, so what if they happen to be related? Moses and Aaron were related. John the Batist and Jesus were related. If you investigate the key figures in the Bible you will discover that in many instances whole families were involved in ministry together. As it should be.

      Who’s to say that Jairus ISN’T God’s choice to take up the mantle of this ministry when his Dad’s time is over?!? I know Jairus personally and have seen him interact with people of all ages. He’s got more of an anointing to teach and preach the Word of God, and more love for the flock in his little pinky than most of you in “leadership” put together.

      Brethren, stay in your Word. Continue to pray constantly. We’ll be out of this storm in a little while. On the other side of it you’ll find that God has built your faith, your trust in him, your perseverance, and your confidence, and you will have matured a bit more. People will look at you, and see your Lord. May they see Jesus.
      ❤️Rebeca

  2. Lynn schantz

    My dad does not want Danny’s church. And secondly, it is The Lords church. “Riding his coat tails,” I thought we all were building something together as a family of believers. Danny is a part of that Family still. As are you and I. The Lord is in complete control. I think Jarius will make an excellent pastor and Danny is a wonderful teacher. I’ve also been part of CC St. Pete. Since the warehouse and it always hurts when God grows us in new directions. But I can say with all authority that The Lord is in control and able to handle this. We will only further hurt one another with all of the divisiveness and slander for or against Danny or Dave. Plus their families don’t need to see the painful rhetoric.

  3. Brenda Gehring

    Dear Pastor and Wendy: I feel the board should of allowed the members to vote after all it is the members who provide the finances (originated from GOD) it is his money and we make up the church by attending. No members no church. The board probably didn’t want the members to vote because they knew it would of been Pastor Danny remaining instead of being forced out. The board cast him away for non biblical reasons. We are all self centered at times. Some people are stubborn however we ALL HAVE FAULTY CHARACTERISTICS !!!!! no one is perfect only our savior JESUS CHRIST that is why he came to save us.

    The eyes of the LORD are everywhere keeping watch on the wicked and good. Proverbs 15:3 (You two are the good)

    The eyes of the LORD range through out the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are truly devoted to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

    DO not fear for I am your GOD do not be dismayed for I am with you I will strengthen you and lead you and uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

    He will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast for he trust in him. Isaiah 26:3

    Praise GOD he sees the two of you and is continuing to guide you and lead you into the next season.

    Dear Holy precious Father we thank you that you will open all doors for Danny and Wendy, we thank you dear Jehovah Jireh that you will provide all needs for Pastor Danny and Wendy. Dear Precious Holy Jehovah Shalom we thank you that you will provide the peace for them during this time. Because they are not aware of where they are going but they are aware that you will use them in mighty ways. Lead them and continue to guide them and it is time for them to go through another door. What was once done by you will certainly be done again in ,mighty ways as before. We praise you Jehovah Elroi that you see all things and you know all things and you will make what is right when there has been wrong. We praise you Jehovah Ralpa the GOD who heals for healing the pain and hurt done to Pastor and Wendy and the members of your church. We praise you Jehovah Elshadi GOD most high that you will conquer all things that were brought against your church and it’s leading Pastor and the children who want to serve you and seek your wisdom.

    Dear Holy eternal Father we pray that anything that comes to our hearts and our minds that are not of you and or against you please replace it with your songs of praise and words of wisdom and let our minds and heart hold onto your words and your wisdom. For your children desire to be living holy vessels useful and workers for the GREAT I

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