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

25 Feb 2024
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How We Got Our Bible
18 Feb 2024
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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
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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...
24 Dec 2023
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Chapter 4: The Story Fulfilled
Christmas is the culmination of The Story of God that began in the Garden. “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about …” Matthew 1:19 This is...
17 Dec 2023
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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...
19 Nov 2023
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The Narrow Gate
Pastor Brian asks the question, “Do you know him?” then gives the definition of what it means to truly be born again. When we accept Jesus, we are regenerated, a...
12 Nov 2023
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The Ethic of the Kingdom of God
This week, Pastor Brian brings us to the end of the instructional aspects of the Sermon on the Mount. In this teaching, he addresses the often-misunderstood verse, "Judge not ..."...
5 Nov 2023
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Seeking First the Kingdom of God
Pastor Brian Brodersen continues our Sermon on the Mount series as he unpacks what seeking first the kingdom of God looks like. As followers of Jesus, we are citizens of...