The purpose of the CGN executive leadership team is to provide definition and direction for the network, especially developing strategies to assist churches in resourcing ministry leaders, as well as fostering relational connections among network churches.

Founder, President

Brian Brodersen

Brian Brodersen is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, the president of the Calvary Chapel Bible College, and the director of Creation Fest (UK). Brian is extensively involved in missions and church planting around the world. Brian and Cheryl have four grown children, and five grandchildren.

Executive Director

Kellen Criswell

Kellen Criswell M.A., currently serves as Director of Calvary Global Network and He is the primary host of the CGN Mission & Methods Podcast. Previously, Kellen has served as a worship pastor, assistant pastor, senior pastor, church planter, missionary and Bible college instructor. The gospel is the foundation of Kellen’s life and relationship with Jesus. A favorite verse of Kellen’s that expresses the role of the gospel in his life is Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”

Local Connections Team

Ray Bentley

Ray Bentley founded Maranatha Chapel, teaching a midweek Bible study in a recreation center with 30 people. Today Maranatha serves 7,000 people weekly with additional satellite ministries. Ray has a passion for missions and travels the world, sharing the Gospel and encouraging the church. Ray is host to the daily Maranatha Radio show heard on stations around the world. Ray has authored five books including his latest, The Holy Land Key.

Local Connections Team

Char Brodersen

Brian Charles Brodersen (Char) is the associate pastor at CCCM. Char has spent the last 13 years pastoring a small church in Northern California. Char is very passionate and convicted about lifelong learning and is currently enrolled at Western Seminary for his MABL. He has a deep passion to see the church live out the life of Jesus and to put the kingdom of God on display. His other passions and interests include time with family, traveling, and exploring the wonders of God’s beautiful creation, deep friendships, reading (all sorts), music (both playing and listening), film, and just about anything else you can think of. Char has a deep conviction that this is God’s world, filled with His power and presence, and is seeking to live in that reality day by day.

Training Team

Aaron Campbell

Aaron Campbell is the lead pastor at Antioch Christian Fellowship, located in metro Philadelphia. Serving Philadelphia’s major universities and drug-and-gang communities alike for over 15 years, Pastor Aaron’s teaching and evangelism traverses racial, cultural, and socio-economic lines. He is the author of Eyes That Seen Plenty—a memoir chronicling his journey of juggling the inner-city “fast life” and The Ivy League, while searching through some seven different worldviews before finding the truth in Christ.

Leadership Care Team

Richard Cimino

Richard Cimino is the founding pastor of Metro Calvary. After 8 years as the high school pastor at Costa Mesa and 13 years as lead and teaching pastor of CC Grass Valley (Crossroads Community Church), Richard sensed a tremendous burden to start a Bible study in the city of Roseville, California, as an outreach of CC Grass Valley (now called Metro Calvary). Richard has a deep love for God’s work in the UK and Brazil and is engaged in regular outreach and discipleship in both places.

Funding Team

Jeff Gipe

After a life-changing trip to Israel in 1992 with Pastor Chuck Smith, the Lord opened a door for Jeff to attend the School of Ministry program at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. For five years following his graduation from the SOM in 1994, he taught two home Bible studies, served as a high school counselor, and was the surf coach for Calvary Chapel High School. In 2003 Jeff was asked to serve over the college and career ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, which he did for two years as a lay pastor. During those two years the Lord began to prepare him to plant a church in Newport Beach, where he has been serving as the lead pastor of New Creation Huntington Beach previously Newport Coast Lighthouse since 2005.

Leadership Care Team

Nate Holdridge

Nate Holdridge has served as pastor of Calvary Monterey since 2008. Calvary’s vision is to see Jesus Famous, and Nate teaches and writes with that aim at, especially focusing on men and pastors.

Training Team

Phil Metzger

Phil Metzger is the lead pastor at Calvary San Diego. He was the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Budapest, as well as, the ministry director of Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe in Vajta, Hungary. He has served as a full-time missionary since 1998. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he oversees Calvary church plants throughout Eastern Europe, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. His heart and ministry is focused on making disciples and seeing the church impact the world for Christ. He would like to see more churches planted in order to bring the Word of God to the lost.

Communications + Content Strategy Team

Mike Neglia

Mike Neglia is the lead pastor at Calvary Cork located in Cork, Ireland. After graduating Bible college in Siegen, Germany in the summer of 2002, he served at Calvary Cork as a full-time missionary youth outreach coordinator/assistant for two years before taking over as lead pastor. In 2005 Mike and his wife Rachel relaunched Calvary Cork from a small core group meeting in their living room. Since then the church has grown in health and vitality, serving as a spiritual home to many university students, families and more. Mike also channels his passion for Christ centered expository preaching by serving on the steering committee of Expositors Collective and hosting their weekly podcast. He and Rachel have three children, Eoin, Rosie and Finn.

Network Membership Team

Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor, M.Div., has been a pastor at Calvary Wallingford since 2011. He recently transitioned to Executive Pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Previously Jordan was an Assistant Pastor at Calvary Fellowship in Mountlake Terrace and Director of Calvary Chapel Bible College Seattle. Jordan and his wife Michelle have three girls and his heart is for equipping and training Christians.

Local Connections Team

Wayne Taylor

Wayne Taylor is the founding pastor and has been the lead Pastor of Calvary Fellowship Seattle for 41 years. During this time, God used their church to help plant over 50 churches, about half locally, and half globally. Recently, Wayne has transitioned to be an itinerate Bible teacher, a support minister to the church, and Director of Calvary Chapel Bible College Seattle.

Local Connections Team

Joel Turner

Prior to the Lord’s calling him into the ministry, Joel was a comedian in western Canada. After coming to Christ he entered into full-time ministry in North Carolina and later moved home to plant a church in Calgary Canada.
In 2017, Pastor Joel felt the call of God to strengthen the churches and do the work of an evangelist through various speaking engagements in Canada, the USA, and Europe. He now divides his time between this new ministry and teaching at Mountain Springs his home church.
Joel is married to Tania and they have 4 children: Chloe, Tatum, Roman, and Cruz.

Bill Buffington

Bill Buffington is the senior pastor at Calvary Chapel Inglewood. He and his wife have been married for 23 years and have 4 children. His life is a walking testimony of the freedom and deliverance made available through Christ Jesus. He is passionate about the transforming work of the gospel, especially in the inner-city.

Tommy Cota

In Tommy’s young teenage years he started drinking alcohol, using drugs and hanging out on the streets in the city of Artesia, CA.  The life he was living led him into more darkness and ultimately 5 1/2 years of prison time in the California state prison system.  It was during this time that his wife, Diana, began praying for him, and soon after his release in January of 2000 he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ on June 11, 2000.  Tommy was so excited to live his life for the Lord that he enrolled in Calvary Chapel’s School of Ministry, and after graduating in 2004 he was brought on staff as an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.  In February of 2014 Tommy took another step of faith when he began Hope Alive Church.  His heart is to reach the people of Santa Ana with the message of hope that is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.