Cheryl was born the youngest daughter of Pastor Chuck and Kay Smith. At a very young age, her father instilled in her a love for Biblical truth. Cheryl’s mom is the one who infused her with a passion and enthusiasm for the promises and exhortations of Scripture.
Although Cheryl grew up in a Godly home, she experienced a two-year personal crisis of faith during her senior year of high school and first year of college. Introduced to intellectualism, and stumbled by an emotional upheaval, she almost surrendered her faith. “I began to write in my journal about the wonder of man’s accomplishments and genius…and my thoughts took a different turn. I started outlining all the destructive things that man’s wisdom has led to. Suddenly, I felt a presence enter the room.” Cheryl describes this as the time Jesus presented Himself to her and asked, “What will you do with Me?” It was at this time that Cheryl made a full surrender of her life to Jesus Christ.
Almost two years later Cheryl met her soul mate and the man who would become the love of her life, Brian Brodersen. On May 23, 1980, Cheryl and Brian were wed by her father at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. A year later God graced Brian and Cheryl with their first child, a beautiful girl, Kristyn. Three more siblings would later join Kristyn: including brother Char, sister Kelsey, and brother Braden.
In 1983, Brian and Cheryl moved to Vista, California, where Brian assumed the pastorate of a small Calvary Chapel. At Calvary Chapel Vista, Cheryl first began to minister to woman on a weekly basis, teaching through the Bible. Cheryl loved exploring Biblical truths and then communicating those truths to the women at Vista. Some of Cheryl’s most treasured friendships were formed during her thirteen years serving beside her husband in Vista.
In 1996, Brian and Cheryl moved to London, England, with their four children. Brian established a Calvary Chapel in Westminster, London. On the first Sunday at Calvary Chapel Westminster, there were only eight people in attendance beyond Brian and Cheryl’s own family. However, God was faithful to add daily to the fellowship in London an assembly of precious sinners made saints by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the 2000, at the request of Cheryl’s father, Brian and Cheryl returned to California to have Brian transition into the pastorate of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Since returning, Cheryl has assumed from her mother the Joyful Life women’s Bible teaching.