Our Story & Purpose

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).

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Staff & Faculty

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. 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 Brodersen | Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa MesaPresident of CCBC

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, church planting, and hosting conferences all over the world, including CreationFest UK in both England & Scotland. He and his wife Cheryl have four children and five grandchildren. Brian’s teachings can be found at K-Wave 107.9 and Back to Basics Radio.


Jason Brashears | Teacher

Jason is a California native with a background within the Calvary Chapel movement, coming to faith in 1996. He a is graduate of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa’s School of Ministry, going on to complete a BA in Applied Liberal Arts from Concordia University in Irvine, an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, and an MA in Philosophy (of Religion and Ethics) from the Talbot School of Theology. The Spring 2019 semester marks the second time Jason has taught Apologetics for the CCBC system, and he counts it one of his greatest joys to see Christians grow in both their knowledge of God and their confidence in the Christian faith— a faith which is not divorced from reason, but which is vibrant, appealing, and convincing.


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.


Karen Chaddick | Teacher

With a Master’s Degree in Music Education and a minor in French, Karen taught music and French in the public schools for many years. Her latest assignment was teaching classroom music at Maranatha Christian Academy, CCCM, from 2004-2018. In addition, she has been involved in the ministry since 1975, when her husband, Mike, served as an assistant pastor at CCCM.  Soon afterward, the Lord called them to Northern California, where Mike pastored and planted churches for 25 years, until the Lord took him Home in 2003. During this time, Karen taught and oversaw the Women’s ministry. In 2004, Karen returned to Costa Mesa, to teach at the Bible college extension campus as well as at MCA.  She has also been a guest speaker at retreats, and other women’s events.


Tori Chavez | Evening Site Coordinator

Tori, originally from Northern California, relocated to Orange County to attend the School of Worship, a music ministry program, earning her certificate in Worship Theology. She currently attends Orange Coast College and Calvary Chapel Bible College, continuing her education in Fashion Merchandising and Theology. Tori serves with “Refuge for Women SoCal,“ a faith based, non-profit organization that provides safe houses for women who have been trafficked or sexually exploited. She is the former president and founder of  “Peace of Hope,” a human trafficking awareness club at OCC.


Julian Duguid | Interim Teacher

The Duguid family are visiting from Cape Town, South Africa as guests for a 6 month sabbatical rest from their ministry, where Julian has been Senior Pastor for Redemption Church situated on the South Peninsula of Cape Town, a new-ish Calvary Chapel Church plant (almost 5years) under CC Costa Mesa. Previously he pastored Calvary Chapel Kommetjie, the first Southern African CC Church plant (originally under CCFtl.) for 10 years. Prior to this, he and his wife, Monica, planted churches among the Xhosa people group in SA and among the Afrikaans (mixed racial group) in a Cape Town’s informal squatter community called Redhill. Julian has been saved for 28 years and studied an Lth. degree at the Bible Institute of SA 1994-1996 and a Lth. Hons (BA Hons) at George Whitfield College (1997) through North West University. The Duguid family is looking forward to their visit.


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.


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.


Michael Peffer | Teacher

Michael Peffer has been an attorney since 1997. For over 9 years he has been Senior Counsel for the Pacific Justice Institute and Director of its Santa Ana, CA office. Mr. Peffer was the Staff Attorney for the Christian Legal Aid of Orange County office in Santa Ana, CA for 2 years. Since 2010 he has been an Adjunct Professor at Trinity Law School. He currently teaches Evidence. He has also taught Constitutional Law and Legal Research and Writing. For several semesters in 2010 and 2011 he taught Cults and World Religions at Calvary Chapel Bible College – Costa Mesa campus


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 & Support and Director of CCBC Costa Mesa

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 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. Graduated from the MA program in Spiritual Formation at the Talbot School of Theology (BIOLA), Matthew hopes to see his primary vocation of being with Christ expressed not only as a pastor but also as a chaplain for the Orange County Fire Authority, United States Navy & Marine Corps communities.


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.


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.


Joel Wingo | Academic Dean

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.