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

9 Jun 2024
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From Jacob to Israel
From the beginning, Jacob was a man committed to the will of God—he wanted the blessings of the covenant. But Jacob sought to obtain those blessings his way rather than...
19 May 2024
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The Fall and Sin’s Consequences
The pronouncement of God over everything he had made was that it was good, very good! If God created a good world, what is the explanation for the brokenness and sin...
5 May 2024
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The Imago Dei
Why is it so important to understand that all men, women, and children have been made in the image of God? Our teaching in Genesis will address this question as...
7 Apr 2024
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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
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8:30 Easter Service 2024
Join Pastor Brian Brodersen as he shares on the historical facts of the resurrection and its implications for our lives. 
31 Mar 2024
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11 Easter Service 2024
Join Pastor Brian Brodersen as he shares on the historical facts of the resurrection and its implications for our lives. 
29 Mar 2024
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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
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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...