ABOUT rise 21

The Fall Retreat is a yearly event put on by the Alpha Omega Campus Ministry designed to connect college students across the Pacific Southwest United States. Between the diverse gathering of students, the Halloween-themed dance party, and the presentations throughout the weekend, our goal is to inspire students to take the next step in their individual and communal relationship with God.

The theme for this year’s Fall Retreat is ‘Different.’ Our presentations will highlight how a different way of thinking combined with different societal relationships leads to a different reality in God.

Different Thinking
In the Sermon of the Mount, Jesus offers a different perspective on the Kingdom of God. This sermon will highlight the thinking necessary for allegiance to God.

Different Relationships
God calls his people to strive for complete unity, although not necessarily complete uniformity. In our world, we see this dynamic play out every day: you either agree with me, or we are enemies! This sermon will show the necessity of relationships in a divided world.

Different Reality
When our thinking is in line with the reign of God, and we strive for relationships despite our differences, it leads to a new reality. This lesson will outline our change in perspective that comes from submission to God.


Watch this short video to get a better understanding of what this event is all about. Rise is an annual event put on by the AO Campus ministry in Los Angeles. Every year we talk about current topics that help us become more like Jesus in our modern world.

On October 29-31 we will be having this event again. Make sure you register soon, the first 100 receive a free t-shirt! Don’t worry if you’re not because we’ll have some available for purchase at the event along with sticker packs.

You can also find information and book your hotel below.

Book your hotel

Since Rise 21 will take place at the OC Church building, anyone planning to stay at a hotel nearby must book their own hotel room. We have 70 double queen rooms (with pull-out sofas) reserved at two nearby hotels at a reduced rate. Each room has a capacity of 5 people. One person will have to pay for the room and then split the cost among roommates of their choosing. Again, you are responsible for booking your own hotel room this year. 

The discounted rate for these hotels ENDS at 3:00 pm on October 1st. Book your room while they’re available at this reduced rate!

Here are a few details about each hotel.



  • 1.7 miles from OC building (5 min drive, 38 min walk)
  • Free parking
  • Firepit
  • Fitness center
  • Opened in March 2021 (brand new)
  • 15 restaurants in the same parking lot as the hotel
  • Free hot breakfast



  • 2.1 miles from OC building (7 min drive, 46 min walk)
  • Free parking
  • Free breakfast 
  • Short walk to Springhill Suites
  • Opened in 2020 (very new)
  • Short walk to restaurants
  • Kitchenettes in rooms

Dike and Marizza Ezenekwe

Dike and Marizza are the Next Generation Ministry Coordinators for the Greater Long Beach Church. They have been married for four years and have a year-old baby girl named Emerie. They both graduated from California State University Long Beach (Dike with a degree in Political Science in 2015 & Marizza with a degree in Healthcare Administration in 2017). Dike has been in the full-time ministry for five years, and Marizza has been in the full-time ministry for three years. Dike is receiving his Master’s Degree in Religious Education this upcoming December.

Dustin and Kathryn Peckman

Dustin and Kathryn are campus ministers in the Santa Clarita Valley Church of Christ. They have been married for almost a decade, have three amazing children (ages 8, 7, and 5). They have grown up in the ICOC churches, volunteered in (almost) every ministry in the church and with HOPE, and have been in the full-time ministry for the last six years. Kathryn has her BA in Child Development and Family Studies, Dustin has his BA in Business, and his Masters in Religious Education. They like folksy music and good vegan food. One might even call them…hipsters? 🤭 God is the center of their lives and has enriched everything in every way, and they love helping others experience God in this way.

Kene Izuchukwu, M.Div

Kene is the founder and CEO of Chukwu. In addition, he currently works as a College & Young Professional Minister for The Westside Church and as a reserve Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. Kene also serves as an Athletic Chaplain for the Pepperdine Men’s Volleyball Team and loves playing beach volleyball, football, and basketball. He also enjoys hiking, reading, board games, ping pong, corn-hole, and watching movies.

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