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Couples in Ministry

October 23-26, 2017


A conference just for clergy couples!

Sticking together in a world that pulls you apart: nurturing your marriage in the midst of ministry

Unique personal and professional challenges, rewards and successes are present in the lives of clergy couples. As couples in ministry, you are called to be good stewards of your ministry, marriage, family and yourselves. And, it is, indeed, difficult to navigate it all. Don’t miss out on time to nurture your marriage relationship during this year’s Couples in Ministry Conference, led by Margaret and Pete Peery, who are also a fellow clergy couple. Marriage is a gift from God that becomes a crucible for growth for each of the entities that make up a marriage: self, partner, and the marriage relationship.

Click the leadership tab to learn more about Margaret and Pete.

Couples in Ministry Conference highlights include:

  • Time that focuses on strengthening and nurturing your marriage
  • Enjoying fellowship with other couples in ministry
  • Free time to explore Mo-Ranch and spend time with your spouse/family
  • A chance to bring your family! Childcare is provided during conference events
  • Wednesday evening date night with your spouse

Register now, space is limited!

Clergy Couple Leadership: Margaret and Pete Peery

Margaret and Pete Peery met in Summer Greek School at the beginning of their seminary days at Union in Richmond in 1970. It was Margaret who first asked Pete out on a date in early November that year. (Pete loves to tell that part.) By the end of May 1971, they were married.

Margaret grew up in Charlotte, graduated from Queens College, and taught school in Atlanta prior to going to seminary. Pete grew up in Tazewell, VA, graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and taught school in Florida before he began seminary.

Most of Pete’s ministry was in service to local congregations. He served churches in Atlanta, Charlotte and Asheville. After a long tenure early in their ministry as Associate Pastors of the Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Margaret focused her ministry for over twenty years in pastoral counseling. A part of Pete and Margaret’s journey included a call to serve the larger church as Peace Associates for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) where they were posted in London for two years. After fourteen years as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, Pete was called as president of the Montreat Conference Center.

Margaret and Pete have two grown children, Pen and Meg, and are also the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren who keep them energetic and busy in retirement life. Their children have followed their clergy parents’ footsteps; they are both Presbyterian ministers and both are married to Presbyterian ministers.

Their hope for you during this conference is that each of you will be able to discover more deeply the gifts of your own marriage that are to be respected, treasured, cared for and enjoyed.

Monday, October 23
4:00 p.m.           Registration Mabee Lobby
5:30 p.m.           Dinner King Dining Hall
6:30 p.m.           Session 1* Grace Room

Children will be brought to Grace Room by 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, October 24
7:30-8:30 a.m   Breakfast King Dining Hall
8:45 a.m.           Morning Prayer Grace Room
9:15 a.m.           Session 2* Grace Room
10:30 a.m.         Break
11:00 a.m.         Session 2 continued Grace Room

Children will be brought to Grace Room by 12pm.

12:00-1:00pm  Lunch King Dining Hall
1:00-5:30pm    Free Time Ranch-wide
5:30-6:30 pm   Dinner King Dining Hall
7:00-8:30pm    Session 3* Grace Room

Children will be brought to Grace Room by 8:30 pm.

Wednesday, October 25
7:30-8:30 a.m.  Breakfast King Dining Hall
9:30 a.m.       Morning Prayer Grace Room
10:00 a.m.       Session 4* Grace Room
Children will be brought to Grace Room by 12:00 p.m.
12:00-1:00pm   Lunch King Dining Hall
1:00-5:30p.m.   Free Time Ranch-wide
5:30-8:00 p.m.  Date Night*

Thursday, October 26
7:30-8:30 a.m.   Breakfast King Dining Hall
9:00 a.m.        Final Session* Grace Room
10:00 a.m.       Closing Worship Indoor Chapel
Children will meet you at the chapel for worship.
*Childcare is available 15 minutes prior to the start of each session in Westview 4/ Nursery.

All participants will be housed in hotel rooms which each have two queen beds and a full bath.

Cost is all-inclusive: Eight meals, lodging and tuition.

Adults: $285
Children 5-17: $125
Children 0 – 4: $0

Registration/Cancellation Policy

A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund less $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.


Did you know special scholarships are available for pastor education opportunities? Click here to learn requirements and apply for:  training event scholarships, grants for small churches located in Texas, & Hispanic Latino Continuing Education Fund.

What to Bring

Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer, rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.


Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

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