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Veterans & Military Conference: Stand Fast


"STAND FAST," our 2nd Annual Veterans and Military Conference, is a one-day event focused on veterans, current service members, and their families. Register below to join us on Saturday, November 11, for a day filled with encouraging speakers, workshops, riveting stories, and life-giving Scripture as we STAND FAST together in genuine LOVE.



The theme "STAND FAST" is a military command given by all branches of the military. It calls to hold position no matter the circumstances surrounding you. 


No matter the struggle, fear, opposition, or success felt in life, gather with us as this conference will encourage those attending on how to stand fast in faith, be strong and courageous, and allow love to overcome. 


Our desire is to show all veterans, active military, and their families the love of Jesus through action and know that they are seen, heard, and loved! 


Join us and be a part of this genuine community as we have partnered with local agencies to assist with resources, counseling, legal assistance, and dogs for warriors. 




Struggling with Faith through Tragedy

Life is hard, with many difficulties that lead to the questioning of faith. The reality is "It’s okay not to be okay," and it is important we do not stay there. We encourage you to ask the tough questions, walk through the difficulties, call upon GOD, and know you are not alone.


Strength of Jesus to Heal

Some wounds may seem too impossible to recover from and feel beyond healing, There is no limit to what the strength and might of God can do. Jesus is the ultimate healer who desires to make us whole.


Courage to Overcome PTSD

Serving in the military and being a part of combat causes many scars both externally and internally. PTSD is real and affects many, yet it is something that can be dealt with and does not determine your worth.


Valued in Christ

Experience the love of Christ and the value it brings. Despite the brokenness and hardships that many face, each are still valued and treasured by Christ.


2022 Conference Testimonials

"I have never felt more loved at a church before, and I’m so thankful I came to the conference." - Veteran Attendee


"As we walked up to get our badges, you immediately felt the love and strong sense of community at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. We were so blessed to be a part of an important event where we met face to face those who served in Iraq, the Korean War, and Vietnam. A veteran came up to me and said, 'If you ever want to make a new friend for life with a Vietnam Veteran, just tell him, "Welcome home.” It still brings tears to my eyes.'" - Conference Vendor


We encourage you to Register Today and be a part of a true, genuine, loving, and understanding community. 


Be on guard. Stand fast in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love. 1 Corinthians 16:13–14

Saturday, November 11, 2023
8:00 AM
Check-In + Breakfast

Registered attendees check-in.

Coffee + Breakfast

Enjoy locally roasted coffee & breakfast; included with admission!

9:00 AM
Session 1

Welcome, worship + a message.

Speaker: Fernando Arroyo

Army Paratrooper SGT. Fernando Arroyo is 82nd Airborne vet and author of The Shadow of Death.

10:15 AM
Session 2
Speaker: Randy Powell

Former Army Chaplain Assistant and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Randy is the Founder and Executive Director at Journeys Counseling Ministry.

11:00 AM
Fellowship Break

Vendors + speaker meet and greet with book signings. 


Journeys Counseling Ministry 

North Orange County Veteran Center 

KWVE, 107.9 FM

Axios Veterans Ministry 

Veterans Legal Institute 

Patriots & Paws 

Tierney Center

11:45 AM

Lunch provided with admission. 

12:30 PM

Registered attendees have a chance of winning wonderful prizes. 

1:00 PM

Join us as we worship together! 

1:15 PM
Session 3
Speakers Panel: Fernando Arroyo, Randy Powell, Greg Buffington & Chaplain Robinson 

Topic: Communicating Through Hardships 

2:15 PM
Session 4
Speaker: Daniel Robinson

Active-Duty Navy Command Chaplain on Submarine Squadron ELEVEN. 

3:00 PM
Close + Worship

Be on guard. Stand fast in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love. 1 Corinthians 16:1314 

Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa
KWVE Building
3000 West MacArthur Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92704