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

7 Apr 2024
Jesus: Creator and Lord of All
We kick off our new series, The Story of Humanity, by looking at how God created and why. Pastor Brian Brodersen reminds us that our Redeemer is our Creator. The...
31 Mar 2024
8:30 Easter Service 2024
Join Pastor Brian Brodersen as he shares on the historical facts of the resurrection as its implications for our lives. 
31 Mar 2024
11 Easter Service 2024
Join Pastor Brian Brodersen as he shares on the historical facts of the resurrection as its implications for our lives. 
29 Mar 2024
Good Friday
Join Char Brodersen, Richard Cimino, and Brian Brodersen as they each share on the various sayings of Jesus from the Cross.
24 Mar 2024
The Trinity, Love, and Community
"God is personal, God is relational, God is love." 

People often see the Trinity as too hard to understand or too controversial. But this doctrine is a distinctive of Christianity. The...
25 Feb 2024
How We Got Our Bible
Have you ever wondered how we ended up with the books we have in our Bibles? If so, you are not alone. Many myths exist about the Scriptures, and we...
18 Feb 2024
The Inspiration/Authority of the Bible
How do we know that the contents of the Bible we have now match the original? What does it mean that the Bible is inspired, inerrant, and infallible?

Our faith is...
7 Jan 2024
The Pillars of CCCM: Mission
During Mission Sunday, our team gives a brief history of missions at CCCM and how that story continues forward and is expressed in four global regions, in 49 countries and...