Brian Brodersen

Senior Pastor

Pastor Brian Brodersen grew up in Southern California. He became a Christian at age 22 and began attending Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, pastored by Chuck Smith. He met his wife, Cheryl, the youngest daughter of Pastor Chuck and Kay Smith, at a Bible study in Huntington Harbor. They were married on May 23, 1980, and have four grown children, five grandsons, and one granddaughter.

Brian served in youth ministry and taught Bible studies. Then in 1983, he and Cheryl moved to Vista, California, where he assumed the pastorate of Calvary Chapel Vista. During those years, he began traveling overseas, initially to Yugoslavia and Hungary, and this led to Calvary Chapel’s outreach to Eastern Europe. Many young men and women were sent out from California in those early days of ministry as pastors and missionaries, and currently there are numerous churches, Bible colleges, and retreat centers all over Western and Eastern Europe.

In 1996, the Brodersen family moved to London, England, to plant Calvary Chapel Westminster. The church began small, but God blessed the ministry, and thankfully, there are now dozens of affiliated Calvary Chapel churches throughout Great Britain.

In the year 2000, at the request of Pastor Chuck, the family returned to California to transition into the pastorate of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Brian began ministering alongside Pastor Chuck, as well as traveling and teaching at many conferences both nationally and internationally. Pastor Brian was elected to serve as senior pastor in October 2013.

Brian is known for his clear and challenging exposition of the Scriptures and can be heard daily on his Bible-teaching program, Back to Basics.

Born: 1956

On staff since: 2000

Favorite verse: “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

Recent Studies

24 Sep 2023
Holistic Transformation
"But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all ... All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one."...
17 Sep 2023
Divorce, Then and Now
Pastor Brian teaches from Matthew 5, verses 31 and 32, on the purpose of marriage and the biblical reasons for divorce and remarriage. In the Garden, man’s aloneness was the only...
10 Sep 2023
Jesus and the Severity of Sin
This week, Pastor Brian covers Matthew 5:27–30 and addresses the issue of adultery. He notes that Jesus uses adultery as a basis for talking very dramatically about sin. He concludes,...
23 Jul 2023
Grace, Mercy, and the Merciful
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7

Pastor Brian reminds that, over and over again, the Scripture speaks of the abundant mercy of God. He has...
16 Jul 2023
Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matt. 5:6).

Pastor Brian reminds us that we need to keep humbly pursuing righteousness. We look at...
18 Jun 2023
Building God's House
Pastor Brian Brodersen closes out our Generosity series by exhorting that we should focus on what God is doing. We need to put him first, for Jesus said if we...
21 May 2023
The Grace of Giving
Pastor Brian begins our five-part series, A Generous Community, by teaching on the Grace of Giving. The New Testament calls us to faithful, generous giving (2 Cor. 9:6). 

But why do...
30 Apr 2023
Breakfast With Jesus
As we near the end of the Gospel of John and our series, Life in His Name, Brian expounds on the calling of Peter. The takeaway from this narrative is...