Better Man Conference (BMC) is a 1-day experience to help men like you build a solid foundation, set proper expectations, and be challenged to become the man you were always meant to be.

At BMC, you can expect a full day of learning, training, and a challenging environment where your growth will be fueled by men who know exactly what you’re facing in today’s world and how to overcome those obstacles.

JOIN US MARCH 30, 2019


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Keith ERickson - strong relationships

Keith graduated from El Segundo High School and attended ULCA, where he was a member of 1964 and 1965 NCAA Champion teams coached by legendary Bruin, John Wooden. Keith, who attended UCLA on a shared baseball/basketball scholarship, also played on the 1964 US Men's Olympic Volleyball team.

Keith was was then drafted by the NBA, and played for 12 years for the San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and 5 years with the Los Angeles Lakers winning their first NBA Championship in 1972. After his playing days ended, Erickson became a broadcaster, serving as a color commentator for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and for the NBA on CBS.

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Erik Axene, MD - Optimal Health

Erik is a field doctor for the Dallas Cowboys. He was awarded “2018 Physician of the Year” in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. Outside of medicine, Erik is co-founder of AISISOMSA, which is an organization dedicated to helping men. Erik is graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Loma Linda also. He earned a Master of Arts in education and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Azusa Pacific University. 

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John Dix - Financial Fitness

John is the lead Pastor of Grace Church of Glendora. John grew up as a missionary kid in the Democratic Republic of Congo and moved back to the United States when he was 13. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, as well as a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2008, he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. John recently led his entire church through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Program.

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David Mandani, LCSW - Mental Wellness

David is the founder and chairperson of the board of Saving Face, Saving Grace, a Christian mental health organization. He currently serves as pastor of mental health at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. He has over 20 year of experience in direct practice, executive leadership, consulting & training.

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Bill Ostan, ARMY MAJOR - Warrior Leadership

Bill is a Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps attorney for the United States Army. He has deployed as the JAG for a Special Operations Task Force with Navy Seals and Army Green Berets. Major Ostan is a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the recipient of two Bronze Star Medals, among other combat decorations, and was selected as the legal advisor for a Commanding General in Virginia. Bill recently completed a two-year assignment as the Chief of Military Justice for Fort Knox, Kentucky and U.S. Army Cadet Command, a nationwide jurisdiction that oversees 1,300 Army ROTC units across the nation.

Coba canales - value of mentoring

Coba is the Associate Campus Pastor of Discipleship at Azusa Pacific University and an Associate Pastor at Mission Eben-Ezer Family Church in Carson, California. He studied theology and Bible at APU and Fuller Theological Seminary and has served in the local church, parachurch, and university setting. While at APU, Coba was a football and baseball player and learned about the importance of honoring God in everything you do while being mentored by amazing men of God who cared for the spiritual and holistic development of their athletes as well as their athletic success. A big part of his story and a great passion of his is the importance of mentoring, intentional friendships, and a commitment to a thriving godly marriage.

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Larry acosta - faith building

Larry Acosta is the President of the Hispanic Ministry Center and Urban Youth Workers Institute and the Founder of KidWorks. Larry ’s passion is to envision and shape the emerging generation of urban leadership for transformational ministry. Larry graduated from both Biola University and Talbot  School of Theology and completed his doctorate in Leadership Development at Fuller Theological Seminary.  

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Chris Jackson - Host/Emcee

Chris is the Senior Pastor Grace Church of La Verne. Chris has degrees in Theology, Leadership, and Spiritual Formation. He is an author of several books and teaches in the practical theology department at Azusa Pacific University.