Our Speakers

The Mighty Oaks team covers a wide range of topics through our programs to Veterans and Active Duty Service Members that we also bring to retreats, conferences, churches and civic events around the country. We are also a frequent guest on national media outlets (Fox News, American Family Radio, Forbes, Christian Post) speaking on Veteran issues including Combat Trauma, PTSD and Resiliency. All of our speakers are combat Veterans or spouses of combat Veterans and have a passion to share the transformational experience that changed their world and unveiled their purpose.

Our talks on the following topics are both inspiring and challenging and can be scaled from single sessions to multi-day/multi-session retreats and conferences.

Leadership ∙ Living a Purposeful Life ∙ Forgiveness ∙ Character ∙ Legacy ∙ Manhood ∙ Marriage


Military Events

We come alongside individual commands and chaplaincies to offer peer to peer talks that can include pre-deployment resiliency training, shoring up your home life while you are gone, how to have more effective communications, during a deployment and how to better be equipped for post deployment family reintegration.

Men's Events

What does True Manhood defined by God look like? We answer this question utilizing curriculum from our core classes in our military Men's Programs. This includes defining an authentic man, being a purposeful husband, father and leader and walking in integrity through real brotherhood and community.

Womens' Events

These talks are geared towards leading women in the quest to be a virtuous woman in all areas of her life, a true Proverbs 31 Woman. We delve into topics such as spiritual definitions of a woman, wife and mother and aligning with God's blueprints for all women.

Marriage Events

Our marriage talks aim to help couples gain a better understanding of the struggles that they each face. We speaks on needs, expectations, communications, goal and forgivenness. A healthy couple can successfully weather any storm if they walk in understanding of one another and center their marriage on Godly principles.

Testimonials

  • “We had the privilege and honor of having Jonathan Benton speak to our church. His testimony and explanation of how God had used him and God’s hand in his life was nothing short of remarkable. Not only is Jonathan a dynamic speaker but the impact of his message was felt immediately. Many of our people were brought to tears as we listened intently on the incredible anecdotes of Jonny’s life.”

    Bruce Stewart, Lead Pastor - Renewal City Church (Spring, TX)

  • “I have yet to see anyone in public speaking have such a dynamic effect on people that causes them to make such radical but positive changes in their lives. Chad Robichaux’s integrity, his trustworthiness and faithfulness to all that he does has been a fantastic influence on our leadership team and on the church has a whole.”

    Ron Woods, Lead Pastor - The Assembly (Broken Arrow, OK)

  • “Mighty Oaks is reaching and restoring our veterans like no other ministry or program that I have ever seen. Chad Robichaux shared his testimony at Victory Church and spoke into the lives of people that we have been praying for years for! Chad has a life journey, as well as unique gifts, talents and abilities that connect with our combat vets at a gut level.”

    Paul Burress, Lead Pastor – Victory Church (Rochester, NY)

  • “I highly recommend Chad Robichaux to you not only as an outstanding communicator with a great heart and passion, but also as someone who loves the Church and Pastors. Chad understands the unique demands of Pastoral leadership and seeks to come alongside in a complimentary way to partner in reaching the lost, particularly Veterans. The two words I would use to describe Chad are “humility” and “servant.”

    Tom Ferrell, Lead Pastor - Atascadero Bible Church (Atascadero, CA)

  • “With disarming honesty and faith, Chad and Kathy Robichaux have shared their story here in Brentwood. And God has used their story to rekindle faith and hope in weary hearts, and rekindle love in tired marriages.”

    Pastor Dave Mason, Brentwood Neighborhood Church (Brentwood, CA)

  • “I have personally been involved with and seen the work of Chad Robichaux. In all of these occasions, we have seen men, particularly our Veterans, that were on the verge of suicide just days before, turn their lives completely around with a new sense of hope and purpose for living.”

    Bruce Stewart, Lead Pastor - Renewal City Church (Spring, TX)

  • “Chad and Kathy Robichaux spoke at our church for Memorial Day. They not only honored our Veterans, but they spoke about life’s challenges and how to overcome those challenges with Jesus Christ as our ultimate Healer. Their personal testimony showed our congregation how to have victory over many of life’s entanglements, from depression to marital struggles, and how Jesus can be our bondage breaker. We now consider this amazing couple part of The Life Church Family!”

    Pastor Dave Bair, The Life Church (Manassas, VA)

  • “Chad Robichaux has the heart of a “true warrior:” Compassionate but full of resolve. His message leaves you believing in the greatness of this country and the service members that fought for her. Chad’s dedication to seeing these warriors whole again reveals that God is still in the business of transforming lives. Our congregation is still talking about his visit. We hope he becomes a regular guest here at Bethel Christian Fellowship.”

    David Domina, Lead Pastor, Bethel Christian Fellowship (Rochester, NY)

Meet Our Speakers

Chad M. Robichaux, BCPC, MBA

Former Force Recon Marine
Pro MMA Champion, Best Selling Author
Founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation

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Chad M. Robichaux, BCPC, MBA

Former Force Recon Marine/Afghanistan Veteran
Pro MMA Champion
Best Selling Author
Founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation

Chad Robichaux’s story is an incredible journey of tragedy to triumph. He served his country proudly as a Special Operations Force Recon Marine, served on a JSOC Task Force on 8 deployments to Afghanistan in the War on Terror, and had a successful career as a Pro MMA Champion.
Despite those achievements Chad faced many hardships. After Afghanistan Chad was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and his marriage and family life was left in shambles. Through the faithful discipleship of a local Christian man, God redeemed Chad’s life, marriage and family. After experiencing this life change, Chad and his wife Kathy founded The Mighty Oaks Foundation in order to reach other Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and their families who are dealing with the same crisis in their lives due to their military service.
Chad is a widely sought after public speaker and subject matter expert on PTSD, military and veterans’ issues providing advisory to the nation's highest ranking flag officers and advised the current presidential administration on the best and most-effective faith-based solutions for veteran’s care. Chad has testified in Veteran Courts regarding combat trauma and PTSD, wrote a best-selling book on the subject and has been featured on such media outlets as Fox News, Forbes, The O'Reily Factor, The Blaze with Glenn Beck, USA Today, Christian Post, Focus on The Family, The 700 Club, and a short biography film by I Am Second.

Kathy R. Robichaux

Founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation
Director of Women’s Programs
Author & Spokeswoman

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Kathy R. Robichaux

Founder & Spokeswoman of Mighty Oaks Foundation
Director of Women’s Programs
Author

Kathy is the proud wife of an American Hero. Out of her and her husband Chad’s story of triumph in the face of devastating adversity, they founded the Mighty Oaks Foundation. Kathy is the Director of Women’s programs at Mighty Oaks, leading the ministry to female Veterans, Service Members and spouses. Kathy brings a powerful testimony of unconditional love and forgiveness that shines through the darkness as a ray of hope. She has a strong connection with women and wives struggling with the pain and heartache of separation and divorce. She speaks publicly as a wife and a mother who fought the war at home for her husband. On the other side of that war Kathy found a restored relationship with Chad, and an even stronger faith.

Jeremy M. Stalnecker

Executive Director of Mighty Oaks Foundation
Pastor
USMC Infantry Officer

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Jeremy M. Stalnecker

USMC Infantry Officer/Iraq Veteran
Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for Combat Valor
Pastor
Executive Director of Mighty Oaks Foundation

Jeremy was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in 1999 and was deployed to Iraq in 2003 as the platoon commander of a counter-mechanized platoon. This platoon ended up being a part of the initial push into Iraq at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the eventual capture of one of Saddam Hussein’s key palaces. Just one month after returning from Iraq, Jeremy became a staff member at his home church, Coastline Baptist in Oceanside, CA. Eventually he would move on to be the Senior Pastor of a congregation in the San Francisco Bay area. This was a time used greatly by God to prepare him for what would come. His heart for his Marines and the lessons learned in Iraq, combined with his ministry experience as a pastor, have uniquely equipped Jeremy for God to use him to mightily lead men towards a life of purpose and to rise up in order to be the leaders that they were created to be. His path uniquely qualified him to lead at Mighty Oaks as the Executive Director.

Branden D. Kunath

USMC Infantry Staff Sergeant (Retired)
National Programs Manager for Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs

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Branden D. Kunath

USMC Infantry Staff Sergeant (Retired)/Iraq & Afghanistan Veteran
National Programs Manager for Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs

Branden is a medically retired U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant who served as an Infantry Machine Gunner and Infantry Unit Leader during his active duty service. After multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan Branden found himself being assigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California. As a recovering service member at Wounded Warrior Battalion Branden found himself arriving to a Mighty Oaks Men's Program in December 2013. After graduating and dedicating his life to Christ, he noticed he was not alone in his fight and quickly realized where his new found purpose was needed. In addition to Branden’s role as the National Facilitation Manager with Mighty Oaks, he also serves as an instructor with the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs. He and his wife have dedicated their lives to reaching back into the dark places to rescue their fellow brothers and sisters in need so that they may experience the same healing in Christ that they and their family experienced.

Matthew Heidt

Navy SEAL – Sr Chief (Retired)
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

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Matthew Heidt

Navy SEAL – Sr Chief (Retired)/Iraq Veteran
Bronze Star with "V" for Combat Valor
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

Matt served 23 years of combined active and reserve service as a Navy SEAL and retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in December 2013. Matt's walk with Christ began in 1994 when a member of his SEAL platoon was shot and paralyzed in a training accident. As one of the platoon Hospital Corpsmen, Matt was able to save this man's life, but not his mobility. Matt’s realization of the hazards of the SEAL Team mission, along with the inspiring optimism of his first trauma patient led him to seek a relationship with Christ. Over the years, Matt has been greatly blessed with a wonderful family, and a child whose life is a miracle. Witnessing the way that God has protected his family emboldened Matt to deploy to Iraq with confidence that God would be by his side. He ended up at the center of a far-reaching intelligence operation in Iraq where God once again came through in dramatic fashion to save hundreds of lives and to continue to protect Matt. These experiences have been demonstrative of God’s faithfulness in Matt’s life, and they have enabled him to continue to move forward and share their value with the men he encounters through the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs.

John D. Foldberg

USMC Infantry Lt. Colonel (Retired)
Pursuing ACBC Certification
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

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John D. Foldberg

USMC Infantry Lt. Colonel (Retired)/Iraq Veteran
Bronze Star with “V” for Combat Valor
Biblical Counselor
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

John Foldberg retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Marine Corps after 23 years of enlisted (Army) and commissioned service. He served in all three active duty Marine Divisions as an infantryman, and had multiple overseas deployments. After retiring from the Marine Corps, John also served in Afghanistan and Iraq. John is a pastoral counselor and brings a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience to the Mighty Oaks leadership core. John is passionate helping people come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and help them in their walk of obedience as a Christian . John is responsible for the Mighty Oaks After Care program connecting our alumni to local churches, Biblical Counseling, and mentors. John is currently pursuing certification through the Assn. of Certified Biblical Counselors(ACBC).

Robert W. (Bill) Coate

USMC- Intelligence Officer (Colonel, Retired)
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

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Robert W. (Bill) Coate

USMC- Intelligence Officer (Colonel, Retired)/Iraq Veteran
Legion of Merit & Bronze Star Recipient
Author
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

Bill Coate’s career in the military has spanned three decades, and included duty stations all over the world, from Australia to the Middle East, with combat deployments to East Timor and Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bill was the Iraq All Source Team Chief before deploying to Iraq and establishing the National Intelligence Center in Baghdad.  Later he returned to Iraq as a Battalion Commander.  Bill retired in 2011 as a Colonel, with his final duty station being in Dam Neck, VA, where he was the commanding officer of the Marine Corps Intelligence Schools. Bill has been married to his wife, Julie, for over 30 years, and they have three grown children. Bill’s service to our great nation lives on through his work with the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs. His mission now is to reach our nation’s Warriors who are struggling with the challenges of post-combat trauma. He continues to lead men, challenging them to rise up and be the leaders they were created to be, to live purposeful lives, and to positively impact America.

Michael Priddy

Mike Priddy

USMC Infantry Sergeant
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

Michael Priddy

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Mike Priddy

USMC Infantry Sergeant/DoD Contractor/Iraq & Afghanistan Veteran
2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with “V” for Combat Valor
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

Michael, following in his father’s footsteps, joined the Marine Corps in 1998. After his second deployment to Iraq, Michael decided to retire to invest more time with his family. After spending some time at home, he missed serving his country and became a Department of Defense contractor. This took him back to the Middle East where he supported missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Michael returned home numb to the detrimental effects of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and the decision not to handle it led to difficulties within his marriage, leading up to the point of divorce. Though Michael had committed his life to Christ as a young boy, he had walked away from his faith as an adult. Through the work of men from his local church, Michael renewed his faith in 2013 and re-committed his life to Christ. Even with this new relationship with God, Michael was still battling with hopelessness and questions of purpose. In August of 2014, Michael attended a Mighty Oaks Fight Club program, where he learned for the first time what Godly manhood was. In addition he was given life changing tools and guidance on how to be the father, and man, that God has designed him to be. Michael has chosen to dedicate his life to helping other Veterans who are battling the same challenges that he once faced.

Toby Nunn

US Army Infantry Sgt. 1st Class
Radio Personality, Media Consultant, Author
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

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Toby Nunn

US Army Infantry Sgt. 1st Class/Iraq Veteran
Recipient of Sergeant Audie Murphy Award
Radio Personality, Media Consultant, Author
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

An Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran, Canadian-born Toby James Nunn joined the United States Army as an enlisted infantry member. His 7 years of service took him to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea, and Iraq. After returning from Iraq in 2008, Toby began working in media and the non-profit world. He is a published author, writes for an award winning blog and was also featured as the principal character in PBS Frontlines, "Bad Voodoo’s War.". Additionally, Toby is an outspoken advocate for Veterans issues, where he has been invited to speak on Capitol Hill. Toby is passionate about seeing our nation’s Warriors get victory over the effects of combat trauma and continues to serve as a team leader and instructor with the Mighty Oaks Programs.

Luis Rivera

US Navy SEAL, Sr. Chief (Retired)
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

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Luis Rivera

US Navy SEAL, Sr. Chief (Retired)/Iraq Veteran
Purple Heart Recipient
2 Bronze Stars with “V” for Combat Valor

Luis Rivera is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL Senior Chief with 24 years of active duty service. Luis entered the Navy in 1990 and served as a submarine Radioman onboard the USS Baton Rouge (SSN-689) and the USS La Jolla (SSN-701) for ten years before attending BUD/S in 2000. After graduation as Class Honorman, Luis served as a Special Operator at SEAL Team Three from 2001-2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then served as Tactical Ground Mobility Chief at Training Detachment One for two years. Luis’ final deployment was with SEAL Team Three in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2009 to 2010. Luis served his remaining four years as a SEAL instructor at SEAL Qualification Training Land Warfare and Senior Enlisted Advisor at Naval Special Warfare Orientation. Luis and his wife Cristina have been married for 14 years and he has three children ages 21, 20, and 17. Luis attended Mighty Oaks Warrior Program in June of 2016. His purpose in life is to share his passion for Jesus Christ and be a witness to those who have struggled with similar challenges with PTSD and life trauma. His passion is connecting with veterans that are losing hope and need a brother to come along side.

John V. Davis

US Army Veteran
Police Officer (Retired)
Applications Coordinator for Mighty Oaks Programs

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John V. Davis

US Army Veteran/Iraq & Panama Veteran
Police Officer (Retired)
Applications Coordinator for Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs

John Davis is the Application Coordinator for Mighty Oaks and handles every application that comes into our system. He also serves as a team leader and instructor at our programs all around the country. John has spoken at a Mighty Oaks Men's Conference and purpose in life is to share his passion for Christ not only with veterans and law enforcement but all men every place in life, As a former Sergeant in the US Army 82nd Airborne he was a forward observer in the 319th Artillery Battalion. John was attached 3/504th Infantry Battalion for Operation Just Cause in Panama 1989 and 1/17th Calvary Division Scouts in Iraq as a Ground Laser Team Leader for Desert Shield / Desert Storm in 1991. After honorably discharging from the US Army in 1993 he joined the Orange County CA Sheriff's Department where he worked in the county jail. In 1994 he transferred to Whittier Police Department where he worked as a Patrol Officer and as a member of the Special Occurrence Response Team and Entry Team. After being in 3 justified officer involved shootings John was medically retired in 2004. After retiring from law enforcement John became a high school football, track and strength coach. John and his wife Quennie have 7 children and outside of Mighty Oaks John enjoys training athletes, he is a strength and conditioning coach at a MMA gym and is a competitive Jiu-Jitsu athlete.