The purpose of the CGN 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 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. 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

Char Brodersen is the lead pastor of Refuge Christian Fellowship, in Santa Rosa, CA. Char has been in Christian ministry for 17 years and has spent the last 10 years as lead Pastor of RCF. Char is passionate about ministry that clearly shows what it means to simply follow Jesus. Char enjoys theology, reading, music, good food and drink, rich friendship, and yes, long walks on the beach.

Training Team Lead

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 nateholdridge.com, 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.

Training Team

Derek Neider

Derek Neider gave his life to Christ in 1992 at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa while attending UC Irvine. His desire to serve God full-time led him to attend Calvary Chapel Bible College where he also served on staff upon graduating. It was during this time that he met his wife, Rachel. They went on to plant a church in Bedford, New Hampshire, and served there for six years. Pastor Derek currently serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Las Vegas.

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.

Team Task Manager

Josh Turansky

Josh Turansky is currently pastor of Haven City Church. Prior to his role at HCC he served at CCCM managing the content for calvarychapel.com. He has also served Calvary Chapel in the field of education at Calvary Chapel Bible in Murrieta, Kauai Bible College in Hawaii, and Calvary Chapel University in Costa Mesa, California.

Local Connections Team

Joel Turner

Prior to the Lord’s calling him into the ministry, Joel was a comedian in western Canada . His first ministry position was as a youth pastor in North Carolina, after which he returned to Canada to serve for 4 years on the pastoral staff at Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, the first Calvary Chapel in 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.

Joel is married to Tania and they have 4 children: Chloe, Tatum, Roman and Cruz.