In the late 60s and 70s, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa was the epicenter of the “Jesus Movement” in Southern California, welcoming new followers of Jesus Christ from the hippie counterculture to contemporary worship gatherings with expository, through-the-Bible teaching by Pastor Chuck Smith. The Bible school was founded by the church in 1975 to meet the needs of the many believers who needed a stronger relationship with God to prepare them for the challenges of secular college and life in the world. It was also intended to provide a place where committed Christians could seek God’s calling and will for their lives as they studied the Word of God. Finally, it served to help Christians discover and develop their spiritual gifts and equip them for serving in their churches, families, and all other areas of life.
In keeping with this original vision, our mission is Christ-centered, biblical education; “to strengthen the Church, through the light of God’s Word, for service in the world” (Acts 14:22; Psalm 119:28, 105; Ephesians 4:11-32; John 14:6; John 17:15-17; Matthew 5:14-16).
We devote ourselves to “learning Christ” primarily by studying God’s written Word—the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments—which show us the character and will of God and nourish us as we grow to be more like Jesus Christ, the living Word of God (John 1:1).
Jesus invites us to study Scripture in a personal relationship with him (John 5:39-40), to learn from him (Matthew 11:29), and to live out his teaching as a solid foundation for all of life (Matthew 7:29). Best of all, he promised that his Holy Spirit—the same Spirit who was active in the authors of the Bible—will be available to guide his followers as we learn and grow (John 14:26).
Come and join us!
Jasmine Alnutt | Teacher
Jasmine has been teaching at CCBC campuses for over 12 years. She currently serves as a Joyful Life Women’s Ministry leader at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Westmont College. Her courses include Missionary Biographies, Church History, and Women in Church History.
Benjamin Blush | Teacher
With 10 years of pastoral experience (Calvary Chapel Petaluma) and 13 years of experience in Junior High and High School Education (Calvary Schools), Ben brings both spiritual depth and a fun, personable atmosphere to his classes. He teaches Theology (Survey of Bible Doctrine), Genesis, and Jeremiah & Lamentations for CCBC. Ben’s training for teaching includes an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Orange Coast College, a B.A. in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Vanguard University, as well as a lot of personal experience of walking with Jesus through the storms of life.
Brian is the senior pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and has been involved in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. He has served as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Vista, California and Calvary Chapel Westminster in London, England. Brian has been extensively involved in missions and church planting, hosting conferences all over the world, along with the beginning of CreationFest (in both England & Scotland). He and his wife Cheryl have four children and five grandchildren. Brian’s teachings can be found at Back to Basics Radio.
Steve Carr | Teacher
Steve serves as Associate Pastor at Calvary Chapel Rancho Santa Margarita and has been a CCBC Teacher since 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics & Biology from University of California Irvine, a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College, and a Master of Arts in Theology & Apologetics from Biola University. Steve has taught: Apologetics, Ethics, Worldviews, Hermeneutics, Homiletics, Theology, Biblical Counseling, Missions, Genesis, Isaiah, Matthew, General Epistles, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, the Gospel of John, and Romans.
Rob Douglass | Teacher & Overseer of the Mission Training Certificate Program
Rob is the founder and president of Ends of the Earth Ministries, and he has over 10 years of experience in cross-cultural missions work and teaching in Sudan, Kenya, Haiti, and other regions. Rob oversees CCBC Costa Mesa’s Missions Emphasis Certificate Program, and is a former CCBC student (1993–1994). His courses, which incorporate many guest teachers, include: Missions 1 (The Big Picture), Missions 2 (Understanding Culture), and Missions 3 (Preparing to Go).
Doug Finlayson | Teacher
Doug served for five as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Canyon Lake. He has been teaching in church settings for over 20 years, especially in the area of Inductive Bible Study training. Doug has been a licensed attorney since 1979, with a B.A. in History from the University of California, Irvine and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law. He teaches Inductive Bible Study (Bible Study Methods 1), Mark, and Proverbs & Ecclesiastes.
Baron Harris | Teacher
For over 10 years, Baron has been teaching for the Bible College, Calvary Chapel School of Ministry, and The Pastors School. He is Pastor for Community Life at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. His education includes a B.A. in Bible & Theology/Pastoral Ministries from Moody Bible Institute, and an M.Div. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He has taught New Testament Greek 1 & 2, Bible Study Methods 1 & 2, Galatians & Ephesians, Theology, Romans, Judges, Cults & World Religions, and History & Authenticity of the Bible.
Joseph Holden | Teacher
Joe is President of Veritas Evangelical Seminary and has taught at CCBC for nearly 15 years. In addition to being a CCBC graduate, he holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Western Illinois University, an M.Div. in Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology, University of Wales. His courses include Apologetics, Introduction to Christian Ethics, World Religions, Systematic Theology, John, Apologetic Evangelism, Ecclesiastes, Cults & World Religions, Theology, Bibliology & Archaeology, Islamic Apologetics, and Introduction to Islam.
John Hwang | Teacher
John is a teaching pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and oversees The Pastors School program offered through the Bible College. John has over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, with 10 years experience in cross-cultural missions work and teaching in Brazil and Austria. John was trained in ministry under Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and was previously the director of CCBC Costa Mesa. He has taught the following courses: Ministry According to Jesus, Acts, Letters of John, Sermon on the Mount, Ezra & Nehemiah, John, Romans, Revelation, Missions, Isaiah, and 1—2 Timothy & Titus.
David Massie | Teacher
David is a Regional Director for The Bible League International, with 12 years of experience as a senior pastor. Currently, he serves frequently as a guest teaching pastor at various churches, and he is also involved in international Bible teaching ministry. He earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Southern California, and also graduated from Calvary Chapel School of Ministry. He has been a CCBC Costa Mesa teacher for over six years, teaching Genesis, Revelation, The General Epistles, John, Acts, Matthew, Luke, and Romans.
David Miller | Teacher
In addition to more than 15 years teaching experience at Biola University and Veritas Evangelical Seminary, David is also involved in Bible teaching and leading worship at his home church, Calvary Chapel East Anaheim. He has an A.A. in Music from Cypress Community College, a B.A. in Music Ministry from Hope International University, the M.Div.in Christian Education and a Th.M in New Testament from Talbot School of Theology/Biola University, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from London School of Theology/Brunel University London. David loves to help students grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ, and he has taught The Gospel of John and The Gospel of Luke.
Joe Monfreda | Teacher
Joe is an architect, church planter, and Senior Pastor of Calvary San Dimas. He has been a CCBC teacher since 1996, and now teaches a CCBC class at his church. He graduated with a master’s degree from Simon Greenleaf (now part of Trinity International University), and commonly teaches Apologetics, Men of the Bible, and Theology.
David Shirley | Teacher & Vice President of Calvary Chapel Bible College
For 20 years Dave served as Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fayetteville in North Carolina. This included leading Fayetteville Christian Schools. Dave graduated from Columbia International University with a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Education. He also holds a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina. In 1999 the Lord called Dave and his wife to missions work at Calvary Chapel Westminster in London, England. It was there Pastor Brian Brodersen connected him to the work of the Bible Colleges, and in 2001 he moved to Murrieta, California to serve as Director. He currently serves as Vice President of CCBC, often traveling to teach and encourage believers across the globe. Dave has taught Church History, Revelation, History of Redemption, Evangelism, Greek, Matthew, Old Testament History, Missions, Christian Living, Pastoral Epistles, Hebrews, Bible Teaching Methods, and Romans.
Matthew Si | Pastor of Care and Support & Director of CCCM Bible College
Matthew was born in Manhattan, NY, spent his adolescent years in Michigan, and was raised in Southern California. Saved by Christ in 1992, he graduated from UC Irvine and began to learn discipleship in spiritual and emotional contexts through family, work, the local church, and seminary. Matthew began attending Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in 2001 and had the privilege to serve at Calvary Chapel fellowships on both the East and West coasts. Having graduated from the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, Matthew has a calling to discipleship ministry.
Ben Vizcarra | Teacher
Ben served on the staff of Calvary Chapel Westminster in London, England. After spending several years as a teacher and staff member at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, Ben went on to serve as a missionary and church planter in Germany and England. Ben is a Huntington Beach native and is a gifted encourager and relationship builder. Ben teaches Philippians & Colossians, Genesis, Psalms, and the Gospel of Matthew.
Brent Wagner | Teacher
Brent is Senior Pastor of Voyage Church, and has spent over 30 years in full-time ministry. For nine years, he has been teaching for CCBC, Calvary Chapel School of Ministry, and The Pastors School. He is a Certified Police Chaplain, and completed the Master’s degree in Theology from Calvary Chapel School of Ministry. His courses include: Romans, Hebrews, Homiletics, Proverbs, James, Ezekiel, Ecclesiastes, and 1 Corinthians.
Forrest Weiland | Teacher
Forrest serves as a Pastor and Elder at The Fields Church, Carlsbad, CA. He is also Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the M.A. in Biblical Studies program at Veritas Evangelical Seminary. Forrest is also an international missionary, frequently teaching in Germany and Ukraine. He was an adjunct faculty member at Biola University from 2003–2010 and is currently a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. His B.A. is from California State University, Chico, and he also earned the Th.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He teaches Ezra, Nehemiah, & Esther, as well as The Pastoral Epistles & 2 Corinthians.
Carl Westerlund | Teacher
Having previously served as a senior pastor of three churches, Carl is now a teaching pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. He has been on staff since 1987, and was Founder and Director of Calvary Chapel School of Ministry from 1990–2016. He holds a B.A. in English from Biola University and a Th.M. in New Testament Greek from Dallas Theological Seminary. His courses taught for CCBC include: Galatians & Ephesians, Spiritual Formation, Acts, and Kings & Chronicles.
Noelle Whitesell | Site Coordinator
Noelle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Cal State Long Beach, where she served in both the Navigators Collegiate Ministry and the faith-based Alpha Delta Chi sorority. She is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary in pursuit of a Master of Divinity degree. Before assisting a small church plant in Southern California by creating their first women’s group, facilitating small groups, and leading worship, Noelle spent her formative years at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, graduating from Calvary Schools and serving in various facets of ministry.
Joel Wingo | Academic Dean & Teacher
After growing up on the mission field in the mountains of Mexico, Joel attended the main campus of Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta. After graduating, he served on staff there for over 14 years in a variety of roles, including Registrar. During those years he was also ordained as a pastor, working with Bible College students and as a children’s pastor at Calvary Chapel Hot Springs. He now serves as an assistant pastor for education and Academic Dean of the Bible College for Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. He is also a book reviewer for Calvary Distribution and The Chapel Store. Having attended several schools after CCBC, Joel is nearing completion of the Ph.D. in Educational Studies program at Biola University/Talbot School of Theology, getting further training in leadership and education to better serve the Bible College students and the Church. Joel and his wife, Ashley, have four children, both by birth and adoption, and are the volunteer leaders of The Orphan Care Initiative at CCCM. Joel teaches several courses, including Bible Surveys, Bible Study Methods, Deuteronomy, The Book of Job, Gospel of Luke, Theology, Storyline of the Bible, and Christian Living & Discipleship.