November 11, 2020

Murrieta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center (MHS) has long been a destination for conference and retreat organizers. It has been announced that the iconic facility nestled in the heart of the Inland Empire has been listed for sale. 

Famous for its natural hot springs, the retreat center has served as an oasis to thousands for more than a century. Today, the facility is home to a comfortable conference center as well as the Calvary Chapel Bible College (CCBC) and is owned and operated by the Orange County-based church, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (CCCM). In October, CCCM’s board decided to list the historic property after concluding that the church will be pivoting in a new direction, one that better serves its vision.

“In this new season, we believe the Lord is directing us to new strategies in equipping His people and advancing the Gospel. For many years, large-scale conferences were an effective tool for us in achieving that vision.”

—Pastor Brian Brodersen, CCCM Senior Pastor
Pastor Brodersen calls listing MHS a very difficult decision, as the historic landmark has been the setting of countless life-transforming stories over the past twenty-five years. Nevertheless, he is confident it is the right move and one made clearer in part because of the global pandemic. 

The shutdown has forced us to take a hard look at all our ministries and prayerfully seek to better steward our resources.”

—Brian Brodersen,
CCCM Senior Pastor

CCCM purchased the site in 1995 and mounted a massive renovation operation to restore and improve on a property in need of repair. But even as the church modernized most of the facility, they went to great pains to preserve the architectural edifices. Today, MHS boasts comfortable lodges, ample meeting spaces, a spacious dining hall, recreational facilities, a lake, and the legendary healing hot springs, all sprawled over 46 acres of well-manicured grounds.
Over the years, the conference center has strived to live up to its stated vision: to provide the people of God a distraction-free environment in order that they may meet with Him and allow Him to refresh their walks, change their lives, and bear fruit in their ministries. For the past five years, an average of 28,000 people a year have flocked to the facility for edification, inspiration, and refreshment. 

Murrieta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center is truly an idyllic location with a rich history. While it may no longer represent a key strategy in our vision, it’s a unique opportunity for the right organization looking to lay hold of a piece of California history in a property that is both beautiful and versatile.” 

—Jordan Taylor,
CCCM Executive Pastor

As a condition of any sale, CCBC would remain on the Murrieta campus until the end of the spring semester, allowing leadership time to actively seek a new facility for the start of the 2021–2022 academic year. 
“Educating Christians for the future remains a key strategy, and the Bible college is central to that mission. We are committed to supporting and developing CCBC in the future, including finding them a new home.” 
—Jordan Taylor, Executive Pastor

The church has retained the services of Justin A. Esayian of the Irvine-based land brokerage firm, The Hoffman Company, to handle the sale. With CCCM underwriting the annual expenses of the facility, church leaders say profits from divesting the venue can then be redirected toward new ministry goals. 
As the sale process develops, the CCCM leadership will make every effort to ensure accurate and timely information is disseminated. All inquiries can be directed to:

Jordan Taylor    
Executive Pastor

Mike Mugavero
Business Affairs Director

Justin A. Esayian
SVP, The Hoffman Company

The Board of Trustees
Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa