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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, Chairman of the Board

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,
Board of Directors

A. Clay Worrell

A. Clay Worrell is a native Californian who spent the first eight years of his adult life as a missionary in Ireland where he planted a Calvary Chapel in Waterford City. The next 7 years he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where he served as the lead pastor of Calvary Tri Valley in Pleasanton, CA. He is now the Executive Director of CGN. He is happily married to his wife, Jannelle, and they have two lovely daughters, Willow and Winnie.

Global Strategist,
Board of Directors

Kellen Criswell

Kellen Criswell M.A., currently serves as Global Strategist of Calvary Global Network and He is the founder 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.

Board of Directors

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.

Board of Directors

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.

Board of Directors

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.

Board of Directors

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.

Executive 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.

Executive 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.

Executive Team

Ted Leavenworth

Ted is the pastor of Reliance church in Temecula CA. He planted Reliance Church in 2007 and serves as the main teaching Pastor. Prior to starting Reliance Church, Pastor Ted was the founder & Executive Pastor of Revival Christian Fellowship in Menifee, where he served for 15 years. Ted is a graduate of the Calvary Chapel School of Ministry and has a heart for church planting, helping to plant many churches, both nationally & internationally. He is a trusted leader and serves on the Boards of several churches in two states. Ted and his wife Brenda were married in 1985 and together, they have three adult children and ten grandchildren.

Executive Team

Nick Cady

Nick Cady is the lead pastor of White Fields Community Church in Longmont, Colorado. Prior to moving to Colorado, Nick spent 10 years in Hungary as a missionary, pastor and church planter with Calvary Chapel. He holds a Master’s degree in Integrative Theology from London School of Theology, and a Bachelor’s in Theology from the University of Gloucestershire (UK). Nick has a heart for the mission of God through the Church, and prior to leading the Cultivate team, was involved in equipping and training church planters in the US and Europe.

Executive 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.

Executive 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.

Executive 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.