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, four grandsons, and one granddaughter.


Brian served in youth ministry and taught Bible studies. Then he and Cheryl moved to Vista, California, in 1983, 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 the 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

Bless The Lord, Oh My Soul
Pastor Brian teaches that we are to remember and reflect on all of the benefits that we receive from the Lord. We should give glory to Him and honor Him...
Jeremiah 26-30
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” In our...
Teach Us to Number Our Days
"Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom". How are we to live knowing that our days are numbered? Pastor Brian gave us 5...
Jeremiah 21-25
“My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will...
Trusting and Resting in the LORD
“Delight yourself in the Lord” is often easier said than done! In his message titled, “Trusting and Resting in the LORD” taken from Psalm 37, Pastor Brian Brodersen shares how...
Jeremiah 16-20
"The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" In our Thru the Bible study in Jeremiah 16-20, Pastor Brian Brodersen looks at the human...
Wait on the LORD
The Psalms are the songs of the saints, written by prophets, priests, and princes, expressing their human experiences as channeled through the Spirit of God. In his The Songs of...
Jeremiah 11-15
As bad as it gets, like it did for the prophet Jeremiah, we have to fall back on this reality - God is in control! In his Thru the Bible...