Keynote Speaker Chad Robichaux Inspires Building A Life Of Strength, Courage & Purpose
Former Force Recon Marine/Afghanistan Veteran
Pro MMA Champion
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Founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation
“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)
About Chad Robichaux, BCPC, MBA
Chad is a former Force Recon Marine and DoD Contractor with eight deployments to Afghanistan as part of a Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Task Force and is also a former professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Champion. He is president and founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation, one of the most impactful nonprofit organizations serving our military and first responder communities.
After overcoming his personal battles with PTSd and nearly becoming a veteran suicide statistic, Chad founded Mighty Oaks to serve military communities with one of the most effective faith-based combat trauma and resiliency programs available anywhere. Having spoken to over 150,000 active-duty troops and led life-saving programs for over 3,300 active military and veterans at four Mighty Oaks Ranches around the Nation, Chad has become a go-to resource and is considered a subject matter expert on faith-based solutions to PTSd, having advised the current Presidential Administration, Congress and highest levels of the United States Military. Currently, Chad serves as the Chairman for the Faith Based Veterans Service Alliance (FBVSA) collaborating with the White House on behalf of a coalition of faith based Veteran Service Organizations.
Chad has earned an MBA from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and is a board-certified pastoral counselor with a focus on PTSd. Chad is married to his wife Kathy of 25 years, and they have a daughter and two sons. Hunter is the 3rd generation Marine Combat veteran in the Robichaux family.
Chad is a bestselling author and has written five books related to veteran care donating over 100,000 copies to the troops during his resiliency speaking tours. He is regularly featured on national media, such as, Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, The Blaze, TBN, The 700 Club, OAN, USA Today and has appeared in a short film by I Am Second. Currently, his life-story is being made into a feature length motion picture based off of Chad’s book, An Unfair Advantage – Victory in the Midst of Battle.
In addition to Chad’s military service, he has served our nation as a Special Agent with the US Federal Air Marshal Service and the US State Department as a Surveillance Detection Senior Program Manager. Chad is a Medal of Valor recipient for his bravery beyond the call of duty in law enforcement. Outside of his work with veterans, Chad and his sons train and teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is a third-degree black belt under the legendary Master Carlson Gracie Jr. and a former Pro MMA world champion who has used his platform to advocate for civilian support of America’s warriors returning home while competing in the sport’s biggest events such as NBC’s World Series of Fighting, StrikeForce, Bellator FC, and Legacy FC.
Chad Robichaux Speaking Topics
Military Resiliency Topics
Chad is a top resource, subject matter expert and speaker to the DoD (Department of Defense) and US Military on the topics of Resiliency, Spiritual Resilience, Suicide-Prevention and Post Traumatic Stress. Chad has written several books on these subjects to include a #1 Best Seller, testified in veterans court and has even advised the current presidential administration on best practices. Chad has spoken to over 100,000 active duty troops from all military branches at various commands and resiliency conferences; such as Pre-deployment Programs, USAF Yellow Ribbon Resiliency Programs, Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) Resiliency Conferences, Spiritual Resiliency Events & Command Prayer Breakfasts and is a on-going speaker for USMC Boot Camp at MCRD San Diego, Ca.
Post Traumatic Stress – “The Truth About PTSd”
Though trauma is not exclusively a combat issue or new to mankind, the War on Terror has put a spotlight on PTSd. Our responses to the abnormal events of trauma were designed to help us survive and protect ourselves…. that’s not a disorder, but a blessing. The questions is, with the mountain of valid research compiled on Post Traumatic Stress, how do we move forward? The answer is found in understanding how we were created. There is hope and freedom on the other side of trauma, but not until you understand some essential truths that will make that freedom possible.
Resiliency – “Get Off The X”
Chad shares his personal testimony using illustration of a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan where he finds himself stuck on “The X”, an ambush site or kill zone. Chad and his partner escape to safety only to find himself come home to be on the X once again, but in a much different kill zone, a diagnosis of PTSd, anxiety & depression, a near divorce of his family and a battle with suicide. Despite Chad’s success as a Professional MMA Champion, he stayed on the X far too long and it nearly cost him everything. However, a challenge from a loving wife, the biblical mentorship of a friend and the second chance that God gives us all, gave Chad a choice to “Get Off The X” and find restoration, hope and purpose so he could step into the very life God created him to live… paying forward what he discovered to his fellow Warriors.
Chad often returns to churches to continue on with part 2 of his testimony and teaches on finding purpose beyond our failures. Chad’s life has been an illustration of this truth having failed and reached rock bottom to experience a radical change through a relationship with Jesus Christ and being raised up by God to founding and leading the Mighty Oaks Foundation; impacting thousands around the world. Chad talks about his own journey will teaching from the Bible through the life, failures and redemption of Peter from the books of Mathew and Acts. (1 Tim. 1:9)
Out of the Valley
Deep in enemy territory of the tribal border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Chad found himself alone and trapped in a valley infested with Taliban fighters. All seemed hopeless before finding his way out and unwittingly leading others to safety as well. Finding hope in the valley of the shadow of death, as the Bible calls it, can seem impossible when you’re alone. Even more so when trying to lead others to hope and safety as well. Yet, the Bible never calls it the valley of death but a shadow, a shadow we can leave the cover of and into the light through an encounter with the Healer of despair. Chad shares an important message for all of us by teaching the parallels his story in the valley, with the incredible story from the book of Luke of four friend’s journey and commitment to see their paralyzed friend find hope and restoration through an encounter with Jesus, and the lesson that the most important wound to be healed in life is the healing of the soul. (Ps. 23:4)
Why Do Bad things happen to good people?
Chad shares his time living within the Afghan community and experiencing the couture and building heart connections to the people such as the vibrant blue-eyed girl on Chicken Street of Kabul. After Chad witnessing the innocent girl killed by a suicide bomber, he asked himself the same question many of us ask of this broken world. If there is a loving God, then “how can such bad things happen to good people?”. Chad shares with us the truths through lessons taught in the book of Job and speaks understanding into this important and troubling question that has caused doubt in believers and even has been the root of those who choose not to believe or not engage in a relationship with our loving and sovereign God. (Phil. 1:12)
Courage Beyond Fear
In an intense, yet comical scene, Chad and two team members courageously conduct an operation deep in enemy territory, yet crumble in fear at the threat of an old angry tribal lady armed with river rocks and fire in her eyes. Courage and fear often go hand and hand, and the will to move being fear is always measured in the willingness to a pay a price for something we deem worthy the cost. Such is the case with the most courageous story in history as Jesus faces the cross at Calvary and sacrifices Himself for mankind. Chad retells this incredible story by aligning the Gospels to the prophecy of Psalm 22 in an attempt to capture the marvel, undeniable truth, and the true heroism and courage that took place when Jesus saved the world. (Jn. 15:13)
Chad Robichaux - Liberty University Convocation
Chad Robichaux - I Am Second®
Chad Robichaux - Out Of The Valley
“Thank you for sharing your incredible story ... I extend my personal gratitude to you for your distinguished and steadfast service to our country.”
“Chad used his compelling story to draw us in and then point to power of the Gospel. What a powerful testimony”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 as a whole.”
“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.”
“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.”
An Unfair Advantage
Take a journey with Force Recon Marine and Pro Mixed Martial Arts Champion Fighter, Chad Robichaux, as he shares a glimpse into the life of special operations, competition as a professional fighter, and deep insight into this world’s spiritual battles which we are all engaged. Chad shares personal stories of both success and failure experienced in Afghanistan, the MMA cage, and his biggest fight of all… coming home and facing a struggle with PTSD, a near divorce and almost becoming another veteran suicide statistic. Each chapter shares a parallel story of Biblical time warriors who faced similar struggles and reveals An Unfair Advantage that led them to victory in the midst of those battles. Discover that same advantage for the battles you face and unlock the warrior spirit sewn in YOUR heart by God Himself.
The Truth About PTSD
Instead of wading through the mountain of valid research compiled on Post Traumatic Stress, the answer is found in understanding how we were created. There is hope and freedom on the other side of trauma, but not until you understand some essential truths that will make that freedom possible.
You see, our brains and bodies are brilliantly designed to respond normally to the abnormal events of trauma, in order to survive and protect ourselves… that is not a disorder, but a blessing to embrace and be thankful for.
Join us as we embark on this journey to discover The Truth About PTSD.
After serving in the War on Terror in Afghanistan, Special Operations Force Recon Marine Chad Robichaux returned home and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Through the accolades of military service and the notoriety that comes with being a top ranked Professional MMA Fighter, few saw beneath the surface where the reality was brokenness and despair. Subsequently, he and his wife, Kathy, spent the next 3 years in a downward spiral nearly ending in divorce. When all seemed lost, one wife's prayers and willingness to fight, to not throw in the towel, would lift her Warrior back to his feet and help him engage in the fight for the most important things in their life... their faith, marriage, family, and legacy. Join Chad and Kathy Robichaux as they lead you through 26 weeks of compelling personal testimony with practical, thought-provoking questions and Biblical Truths, helping you build a stronger marriage that will always be "advancing" toward the ultimate success God had in mind when YOU said, "I DO!"
Chad On Being An MMA Champion
~ Chad Robichaux – On Being A World MMA Champion
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Chad Robichaux covers a wide range of topics, from our programs to issues Veterans and Active Duty Service Members that we also bring to retreats, conferences, churches and civic events around the country. Chad is 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. Chad has a passion to share the transformational experience that changed his world and unveiled his purpose.
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“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)
“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)
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