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

18
Jul
2021
To the Glory of God and the Good of Others
Pastor Brian Brodersen continues our Everyday Discipleship study with his 1 Corinthians 10:23–11:1 message entitled, “To the Glory of God and the Good of Others.” We are reminded that Christians...
11
Jul
2021
Idols and Demons
Pastor Brian Brodersen, in his 1 Corinthians 10:14–22 study, reminds us that “christians engaged in various forms of idolatry open the door to demonic influences in the church.” A return...
4
Jul
2021
Learning From History
Pastor Brian Brodersen continues our Everyday Discipleship series with his message from 1 Corinthians 9:24–10:14 entitled, “Learning from History.” We are reminded that, despite our sinful nature, we can stand...
27
Jun
2021
Running for the Prize
Pastor Brian Brodersen exhorts that “the greatest enemy to our spiritual lives is not the devil; it is not the world. Our greatest enemy is ourselves. We must deal with...
20
Jun
2021
All Things to All People for the Sake of the Gospel
Like Paul, we must limit our rights at times to bless others and honor the gospel. He set aside his own personal rights and preferences in order to remove anything...
16
Jun
2021
Hosea 8-14
Pastor Brian continues to take us through the book of Hosea. He encourages us to take a serious look at our prayer lives. We need to dig deep and deal...
13
Jun
2021
Knowledge Puffs Up, Love Builds Up
Pastor Brian Brodersen continues our Everyday Discipleship series with his message taken from 1 Corinthians 8 entitled, “Knowledge Puffs Up, Love Builds Up.” We are reminded that some theologians may...
2
Jun
2021
Intro to Hosea
Pastor Brian Brodersen takes us through an introduction and the first few chapters of the book of Hosea. He walks us through the land of Israel, the charge of Israel...