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Our Mission

The CGN Connect team exists to help our expanding family of churches experience gospel-centered community and care. We are an intentional relational team that wants to support you so that you are connected to God, one another, and the CGN family. Our local and regional connectors engage, encourage, and empower Calvary Chapel, and other evangelical pastors and ministry leaders, to help develop emotionally and spiritually healthy leaders. Our goal is to help you feel connected to supportive community and CGN resources that can help you fulfill your calling.

About CGN

We are a family of churches working together to proclaim the Gospel, make disciples, and plant churches.

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In-Person Gatherings

Our Local Connector Team members will host in-person gatherings at least twice a year. The gatherings generally include breakfast or lunch and provide time to share a meal, forge relationships, and encourage one another. This is also an opportunity to share resources to help our family be equipped and empowered to be emotionally and spiritually healthy leaders.

Online Gatherings

Online cohorts exist for pastors and leaders who are unable to meet in person, or want to connect, collaborate, and care for one another online as well as in person. These gatherings encourage and edify participants to advance the gospel.

Local Connector Communication

Our Local Connectors will text, call, or email those they support bi-monthly. They will also respond to your communication within 48-72 hours. Local Connectors are available to answer your questions about CGN and assist you in joining our expanding global family.

Local Connectors

Brian Brodersen

Orange County

Brian Brodersen is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. He also serves as president of the Calvary Global Network, chancellor of Calvary Chapel Bible College, and co-founder and director of Creation Fest UK. Brian is the featured speaker on the Back to Basics radio program and co-host of the live call-in program Pastors’ Perspective. Brian holds an M.A. in Ministry and Leadership from Wheaton College.

Tommy Cota

Orange County

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.

Bruce Zachary

Ventura + Los Angeles Counties

Bruce Zachary was raised in a Jewish home and has been a follower of Jesus for more than 30 years. Bruce was an attorney for 25 years and has been an ordained pastor since 1995. In 1996, he planted Calvary Nexus, a Calvary Chapel church in Camarillo, California, where he continues serving as teaching and leader development pastor. Bruce has authored 18 books and directed a global church planting initiative in the Calvary Chapel movement. In addition, Bruce continues to serve in a leadership role within the Calvary Global Network as a member of the CGN Executive Team and core initiative Cultivate team.

Brian Bell

Riverside County

Brian Bell is the senior pastor at Calvary Murrieta. Brian’s passion to bring Jesus to the nations has led him to over thirty countries and is now focused on two specific unreached people groups. Brian and his wife Kelly have worked fervently this past decade to bring justice for women and children who have been exploited in human trafficking, enabling them to have a meaningful impact within the Murrieta area, California, and across the globe.

Ted Leavenworth

Riverside & San Diego County

Ted Leavenworth is the Senior Pastor of Reliance Church in Temecula, California. He has been in Christian service for over 30 years and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Biblical Leadership from Western Theological Seminary.

Pastor Ted has a heart for church planting – leading two church plants in Southern California and facilitating the establishment of many others both nationally and internationally. Ted serves as a Director on several church boards and on the executive team of Calvary Global Network focusing on leadership coaching and pastoral mentoring. He also co-hosts The Leadership Collective Podcast, exploring the “nuts & bolts” of church leadership.

Trevor O'Keefe

San Diego County

Trevor O’Keefe is the lead pastor of Olive Branch Christian Fellowship, having served in pastoral ministry for over 16 years in San Diego County prior to this position. In addition, Trevor serves as the Chaplain for the City of Poway’s Fire Department.

Seth Allingham

Northern California

Seth Allingham is an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Rohnert Park in Rohnert Park, California. Seth also serves on the Board of Directors for Calvary Global Network.

Ed Compean

Central Coast

Ed Compean is the lead pastor at Shoreline Calvary in Morro Bay, California. Previously he served as a church planter and trainer of church planters in Nairobi, Kenya and in the process helped establish several churches in Kenya and Tanzania. Returning from the field, Ed served with Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators helping churches send their missionaries well. His passion is to see the fame of Jesus spread in His local church.

Jimmy Orate

San Bernadino County

Jim Orate is the pastor and founder of Calvary Chapel Rancho Cucamonga. Jim's first assignment in ministry was to teach third grade Sunday School, then high school kids, then a home Bible study, which blossomed into Calvary Chapel Rancho Cucamonga.

Tim Warholic

Nevada

Timothy Warholic is the lead pastor of Paradise Calvary Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. A graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe, Timothy returned to Las Vegas in 2014 and began a home Bible study. That fellowship grew into Paradise Calvary Chapel, a congregation that eagerly sends outreach teams across the globe several times a year.

Nick Cady

Central West

Nick Cady is the lead pastor of White Fields Community Church in Longmont, Colorado. Within CGN, Nick is lead for the Cultivate Initiative, a member of the Expositors Collective team, host of the CGN Mission & Methods podcast, and member of the Executive Team.

Alan Stoddard

Southwest

Alan Stoddard is the lead pastor of Imagine Church in Granbury, Texas, having previously pastored churches elsewhere in Texas and New Mexico. Alan graduated from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, and Gordon-Conwell Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. His doctoral work at Gordon-Conwell was on “Reinforcing Expository Preaching with Sermon-based Small Groups.”

Terry Michaels

Southwest

Terry Michaels is the lead pastor of Forest Ridge Calvary Chapel in Round Rock, Texas, a suburb of Austin. Originally working in communications in California, Terry sensed his true calling was ministry. By 2009, Terry was the lead pastor at Calvary Chapel Austin in Pflugerville. When the church moved to Round Rock in 2024, they took on the name Forest Ridge Calvary Chapel.

Joe Paskewich

Northeast

Jered Murphy is the lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Naugatuck in Connecticut, a church he planted in October 2010. A Connecticut native, Jered graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in mathematics.

Jered Murphy

Northeast

Jered Murphy is the lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Naugatuck in Connecticut, a church he planted in October 2010. A Connecticut native, Jered graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in mathematics.

Jimmy Schuarte

Northeast

Jimmy Schuarte is the lead pastor of Roots NYC, a church he planted after returning from pastoring a church and directing a Bible college in Spain. Jimmy is pursuing a masters degree from Western Seminary.

Kyle Mitchell

Heartland

Kyle Mitchell is the lead pastor of cityWON Church in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Jeff Gipe

Deep South

Jeff Gipe is the Leader of Local and Global Outreach at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. His prior pastoral roles include founding pastor of Newport Coast Lighthouse Church, a Calvary Chapel in Newport Beach, California, where he served for 15 years. In addition to serving in Brentwood, Jeff is a member of the CGN Executive Team.

Kyle Curry

Deep South

Kyle Curry is the lead and founding pastor of The Table Fellowship, having served as a youth and young adults pastor and operations pastor for several years.

Billy Almaguer

Northeast Florida

Billy Almaguer is the lead pastor of Awaken City Church in St. Augustine, Florida, having planted the church in 2015 after being on staff at Calvary Chapel Port St. Lucie and Southbrook Church since 2007. The vision for planting Awaken City Church came to Billy in 2012 and was more of a call to go and make disciples. The actual planting came about with the full support of Southbrook Church, the church where he was then serving.

Neil Spencer

Northwest Florida

Neil Spencer is the lead pastor Coastline Calvary Chapel in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Brian Kelly

West Central Florida

Brian Kelly is the lead pastor at WestChurch, a church he planted in Bradenton, Florida. For the past twenty plus years, he has been involved in church planting and mission work in East Africa, New Zealand, and the United States. Brian has a passion for planting churches and has hands-on experience seeing churches grow from the ground up. He is also a member of the CGN Executive Team.

Daniel Williams

West Central Florida

Daniel Williams is lead pastor of Redemption Church Delray Beach in Florida, a church he began planting in August of 2011. Prior to that, Daniel was on staff at Calvary Chapel in Olympia, Washington as the high school youth pastor and worship pastor soon after graduating frin college in 2004.

Cody King

West Central Florida

Cody King is a pastor and church planter, having participated in the founding and pastorate of both Redemption Calvary in Commerce City, Colorado and Reliance Church in Temecula, California. Cody is a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College and is passionate about developing healthy followers of Jesus through biblical literacy and obedience.

John Spencer

Northwest Florida

John Spencer is the founding pastor of Coastline Calvary Chapel in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Wayne Taylor

Pacific Northwest

Wayne Taylor is the founding pastor of Calvary Fellowship Seattle, where he was the lead pastor for 41 years. (It’s now called Mountlake Church.) Over time, God used the church to help plant over 50 churches, about half locally and half globally. Recently, Wayne transitioned to the roles of itinerant Bible teacher and support missionary to many global Calvary churches.

Riley Taylor

Pacific Northwest

Riley Taylor is the lead pastor of Mountlake Church located in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, which is in the Pacific Northwest.

Richard Cimino

Brazil

Richard Cimino is the Director of Worship and Men's Ministry Pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in California. Prior to this, he spent eight years as the High School Pastor at CCCM and thirteen years as lead and teaching pastor at CC Grass Valley (Crossroads Community Church). Richard then started a Bible study in Roseville, as an outreach of CC Grass Valley, which became what is now Metro Calvary.

Dr. Juventine Emuku

East Africa

Dr. Juventine Emuku is the senior pastor of Soroti Calvary Chapel in Uganda, having moved to Soroti after founding and pastoring Calvary Chapel of Midigo for 13 years. Juventine is a Bible teacher and church planter who currently oversees 20 Bible-teaching churches.

Zeddie Muzungu

East Africa

Zeddie Muzungu is senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Kampala and Director of Calvary Chapel Bible College-Uganda, serving in both since 2013. Zeddie's main call is to train leaders/pastors and build healthy families.

Jed Gourley

Asia

Jed Gourley is lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Tbilisi in Georgia. He is also an instructor at Calvary Chapel Bible College Eurasia, also in Georgia. Jed as been involved in foreign missions for over two decades, with a focus on pastoral and teaching roles.

James Travis

Middle East

James Travis is the pastor of Saar Fellowship in Bahrain, a place where James and his family have roots dating back to the 1960s. James is Calvary Chapel University's first M.Div. graduate.

Brad Hall

Australia

Brad Hall is the senior pastor of One Love Church in Beacon Hill, Australia, a church he planted in 2010. Prior to that, Brad planted a church in Maui, Hawaii in 1998, where he served as senior pastor for 12 years.

Mike Neglia

Ireland

Mike Neglia is the lead pastor at Calvary Cork located in Cork, Ireland and the Expositors Collective lead.

Sebastien Frappier

East Canada

Sebastien Frappier is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Montreal Regeneration in Montreal, Canada.

Marlon Brown

West Canada

Marlon Brown is the lead pastor of Awake Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Laszlo Nemeth

Europe / Hungary

Dave Sylvester

England / UK

Dave Sylvester is the pastor of Calvary Chapel York in York, England. Dave is also the director of Calvary Chapel Bible College York.

Stan Marinussen

Europe / Netherlands

Stan Marinussen is pastor of Calvary Chapel Haarlemmermeer in Holland, a church he planted in 2007. His vision to establish a base from which men are raised to plant Calvary Chapels in the Netherlands has become a reality, as evidenced by the establishment of Calvary Chapel Flevoland. Stan also endeavors to maintain a connection with Calvary Chapels throughout Europe.

Rafael Manzanares

Europe / Spain

Rafael Manzanares is the lead pastor of Santa Ponsa Community Church located on the island of Mallorca, Spain. Prior to taking over the pastorate of SPCC in 2002 and opening a Calvary Chapel-affiliated Bible College in 2005, he served with Brian Brodersen in London. Rafael is now working on a long-standing vision of opening a Christian school on the island.

Kike Torres

Mexico

Kike Torres is the lead pastor at Horizonte Queretaro as well as the founder and president of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, both in Mexico.

Manolo Matos

South America / Peru

Manola Matos is the lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Lima, located in Lima, Peru. DUPLICATE

John Bonner

Peru

John is the founder, director, and international representative of Calvary Chapel Bible College Peru.