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.

Executive Director

Kellen Criswell

Kellen Criswell M.A., currently serves as Director of Calvary Global Network and calvarychapel.com. 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.

Local Connections Team

Ray Bentley

Ray Bentley is the senior pastor of Maranatha Chapel. 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 (Char) Brodersen 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.

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. 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

Jeff Gipe was the lead pastor of New Creation Huntington Beach previously Newport Coast Lighthouse for 15 years. 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. During those two years, the Lord began to prepare him to plant a church in Newport Beach.

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 nateholdridge.com, especially focusing on men and pastors.

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

Joel Turner is the teaching pastor at Mountain Spring Calvary Chapel.
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.

Local Connections Team

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.

Local Connections Team

Tommy Cota

Tommy Cota is the lead pastor of Hope Alive Church. In Tommy’s young teenage years, the life he was living led him into 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.  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.

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 from 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.  Mike also channels his passion for Christ-centered expository preaching by serving on the steering committee of Expositors Collective and hosting their weekly podcast.

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.