What is SoCal Student Ministries?

We are a ministry of the SoCal Network to resource youth pastors and students.  Connect with us with the links below to stay up-to-date with all our upcoming events like camps, youth conventions, youth pastor refreshers, youth alive rallies and so much more! 
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Meet the team.

Gary Garcia

Gary Garcia has been leading the youth ministry at  Cornerstone Christian Fellowship for 28 years and has been the lead pastor for 2 years  He also serves in planning Summer Camp and Youth Convention. While still having a passion for being in the trenches with students, he also loves training youth pastors and workers. He’s been married to his wife Ami for 22 years and has 3 kids.

Matt Dudley

Matt Dudley has been in youth ministry since he became a youth pastor at 19 years old. He is passionate about equipping students to follow Jesus for a lifetime. In 2019, Matt became the Lead Pastor of Christian Center in Desert Hot Springs. He and his wife Brandi spend way too much time spoiling their two Beagles, Max and Watson.

Tony Orlando

Tony Orlando has served in youth ministry for over 20+ years.  His experience on a Network level ranges from leadership of Camps, Youth Convention, and training events. Locally, he has been involved in developing internship & afterschool programs locally, and community outreaches.   He has a passion for seeing the current generation find their God-given purpose and potential in ministry and in life.  He is married to Leah and have 2 children, Trey and Tiana.  Tony currently serves as the campus pastor of Lifepoint Church in San Diego.

Eliot Bland

Eliot Bland is an Assemblies of God U.S. missionary and currently serves as the SoCal Youth Alive Director.

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