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

6 Nov 2022
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A New Commandment
Pastor Brian Brodersen teaches from John 13, and we see that Jesus predicts his betrayal and yet reminds his disciples to take hold of a new commandment–the commandment to love...
16 Oct 2022
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We Would See Jesus
Pastor Brian poses the question: how are people today going to “see” Jesus? The short answer is, through us. Jesus answers the question in John 12 by telling us both...
25 Sep 2022
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The Unwitting Prophetic Voice
Pastor Brian continues through the Gospel of John and reminds us that Jesus died to gather us from every nation and make us one. Let’s realize that and live that...
18 Sep 2022
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I Am the Resurrection and the Life
Pastor Brian Brodersen continues through John 11. Jesus is declaring “I am the Resurrection and the Life,” answering the deepest questions and fears we all live with; questions and fears...
28 Aug 2022
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I Give Them Eternal Life
Pastor Brian Brodersen brings up the debate over “once saved, always saved.” It is doubtful that anyone taking the message of the believer’s security in Christ as a license to...
17 Aug 2022
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Malachi 3-4
“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not consumed.”
Malachi 3:6

As Pastor Brian Brodersen finishes up the book of Malachi, we see that our God...
14 Aug 2022
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I Am the Good Shepherd
Pastor Brian Brodersen continues through our series, “Life in His Name,” with a message entitled, “I Am the Good Shepherd.” In John 10:1–21, we read of sheep who are in...
10 Aug 2022
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Malachi 1-2
Pastor Brian begins the book of Malachi, with a look at the people’s faith as it went through a process. This included worship, doubt in His promises, ongoing disobedience to...