May 3-5, 2024
“The Sunday morning service was the best preaching I’ve heard at Mo!”
This conference is a retreat for men of all ages to come together and build connections through fun outdoor activities and worship!
72nd Annual Men’s Conference
Men’s Conference is a God-filled weekend in the wide-open spaces of the Texas Hill Country along the banks of the Guadalupe River at Mo-Ranch. This is our single largest and longest-running conference where hundreds of men from all ages gather together annually for fellowship and spiritual renewal.
What Will We Do?
Conference activities will include keynote presentations, worship, song, relaxation and recreation. Workshop courses will be offered covering a wide variety of educational and spiritual topics through five primary categories: Bible study, church, mission, personal development and social issues. Other course opportunities will be available that include a chance to learn new skills, indoors or outdoors. During Saturday afternoon, optional free time activities include kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, swimming, ropes course, rappelling off the catwalk, fishing, washer pitchin’, sports activities and more!
Who Can Come?
All generations, men from 13 years and up. Ages 13-17 require an accompanying adult registration.
The Men’s Conference at Mo-Ranch is a gathering of men who on a weekend meet to worship together in Word, song and Sacrament. United in their bond with the Lord and moved by His Spirit, they engage in fellowship, study, recreation and ministry to each other. Through the gifts of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, they receive renewed strength to go forth and live daily, sharing the love of God, revealed in Jesus Christ, through words, deeds and activities.
- Inspire the participants of this conference to reach beyond the manmade barriers of this world and share the love, understanding and joy of Jesus Christ.
- Provide an opportunity for each man at the conference to experience the presence of God in his life.
- To find it in ourselves to be open to finding ways to enrich our personal lives through establishing closer bonds among ourselves (men, fathers and sons/sons-in-law) using our faithfulness as a base.
- Provide instructive workshops for spiritual development, daily living, personal and congregational ministry.
- Encourage the men in the conference to minister to each other and learn from one another.
- Create an atmosphere for each man to have a joyful weekend at the conference.
- Increase the number of men of all ages whose lives are enriched by the conference.
- Inspire men to go forward as ambassadors for the ministry of Mo-Ranch.
Don’t miss an unforgettable weekend to grow in your faith with God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Click here to listen to the 2019 Men’s Conference session recordings.
Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Tom Are, Jr.
Tom graduated from Presbyterian College in South Carolina; Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia; and Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. He has served the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina; the Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina; the Riverside Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Florida; and for the past nineteen years, the Village Presbyterian Church in Kansas City. As of October 2023, Tom is serving as Interim Pastor at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago.
Tom is married to Carol Are, who is a registered nurse, having spent her career in oncology and hospice nursing. They have two children, the Reverend Sarah Are Speed and Nathan Are.
Tom loves baseball, woodworking, and canoe-camping in Quetico, Canada. He loves a good story, a good laugh, and a bit of time to read every day.
Worship Leader: The Rev. Mark Brainerd
Mark Brainerd serves as Senior Associate Pastor at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Throughout his 20 years of ministry, he has focused on pastoral care, counseling, and church administration. Mark holds MDiv and ThM degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and a BA in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Houston. He is a candidate for the DMin at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Prior to ministry, Mark worked in law firm administration at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston. Mark has been married to Michele for 27 years. Their son, Clay, is a senior at Texas Tech University.
Music Leader: Isaiah Garcia
Isaiah joins Mo as the Music Leader for Men’s Conference 2024. With a passion for teaching musicians of all ages and abilities, he has directed the award-winning Rhodes Middle School Choir, performed with the Illumen Chamber Singers, and served as choir director for New Hope Presbyterian Church. Isaiah lives in Austin, TX where he enjoys writing music, hiking, swimming, and skateboarding. He is excited to meet everyone and create beautiful music together!
Chaplain: Rev. Shane Webb
Shane is a kilt-wearing, beer-loving, pastor at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church. He is a Houston native (go Astros!) and previously served a church in East Texas (Mount Pleasant) before coming to Irving. Shane and his wife, Sarah, served in Lima, Peru as missionaries with the Young Adult Volunteer program. Shane is also a Spanish-speaking, salsa-dancing, soccer-playing, empanada-eating enthusiast of Latin American culture. He is the proud father of a son, a daughter, a cat, a dog, and usually an exchange student.
Bible Study Leader: Rev. Dr. Bob Crilley
The Reverend Dr. Bob Crilley is the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Grapevine, Texas, where he has served since May of 1993. He and his wife, Judy, who is a chaplain at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, have three adult daughters, who live around the world—literally—one in Chicago, one in Copenhagen, and one in Seoul. Bob enjoys listening to the Beatles, reading John Updike, and watching Laurel and Hardy movies. He is a graduate of University of Michigan, Princeton Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Austin College.
2024 Men’s Council:
President: Russell Richard
Russ lives in Dallas and is a member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. Russ has been married to Julie for 26 years and they have 2 daughters and 1 son – all freshmen in college. So, they are learning the life of empty nesters. As a Pension Benefits System Analyst for Milliman (putting to good use his Math degree from Austin College), Russ enjoys music of all kinds – from Shostakovich to The Strokes, Mahler to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and much in between. He treasures his years at Mo-Ranch and looks forward to many more.
Vice President: John Kusewitt
Currently President of 360 Consulting Services specializing in Church, School, and Personal Safety. John retired after 35+ years of law enforcement with experience in patrol, traffic enforcement, communications, emergency management, and special operations. He is on the Grace Presbytery Disaster Response Team and serves as one of their ALICE Safety Trainers. John is married to Paula, a retired elementary school teacher. They enjoy family and travel, live in Garland, and are active members at FPC Mesquite where he serves in many capacities including Session, choir, and Safety Team Member. John has enjoyed his time serving on Mo-Ranch Men’s Council.
Secretary: Steve Flynn
Steve Flynn, AKA Flynn-Man, is in his 5th year of “an epic failed retirement!” After 33 years with General Motors, Steve decided to turn the page to the next chapter in his life – and that is when the fun really began. These days Steve finds himself busier than ever with church activities (Session Elder/Finance Ministry), finishing his Master’s Degree at Southern Methodist University in Dispute Resolution, and getting elected to Town Council. In his spare time, he began his mediation practice called Flynn-Man Dispute Resolution Services, LLC, and has completed over 250 mediations. Steve and his wife Teryl enjoy golf and travel and look forward to “seeing the world” – time permitting of course! He loves Mo-Ranch and serving on the Men’s Council as Secretary and continuing his faith journey.
Treasurer: Bill Harrison
Bill is a widowed, 81-year-old 3-time cancer survivor with atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and an implanted pacemaker, who still enjoys an exciting and rewarding life of challenge, adventure, and accomplishment because of what he has learned about who he is and why he is here; i.e., what his purpose in life is. His current purpose is to empower others to enjoy this kind of life by helping them learn more about who they truly are and what their purpose is in life and encouraging them to pursue that purpose until it is accomplished. He looks forward every year to attending the Mo Ranch Men’s Conference for the fellowship and the learning and worshipping opportunities amidst the beauty of God’s creation.
Council Members for 2024 include: Clarence Greer, Martin Osae, Andy Phillips Jr., Richard Griffin, Jimm Cooper, Raymond Clark, Ken Rigoulot, Randy Whipple, Dave Edling, Rev. Chris Harrison, Frank LeCocq, Fred Medina, Allen DeSalme, Z. Zsohar, and Marshall Nelson.
This year’s schedule is subject to change.
Cost & Housing
Wynne-Flato, Pheasant Run, Nicklos Place, Nicklos Barn, Westminster, Gate House, Chicken Roost, Triplex Apartment
Guest Lodge, Milk Barn, Riverdorm Apartment
Log Lodge, Loma Linda, Riverdorm
Commuter: $250/person (includes dinners and lunch)
Rates include tuition, meals and housing. After receiving your registration, a member of our team will contact you within seven business days to confirm additional details such as housing requests (roommates), dietary needs, t-shirt sizes, etc.
Participant under 40: $295.00/person Residence outside of Texas: $295.00/person NO child under the age of 13 may register, and ages 13-17 require an accompanying adult registration. All registration costs include a free conference T-shirt. An additional conference polo can be purchased for just $30 more during online registration. When registering online please note only limited housing is available for online registration. If you have questions, please give us a call. Registration form and payment may be mailed or faxed to the program office. Make checks payable to Mo-Ranch. Mo-Ranch Program Office Attn: Registrar 2229 FM 1340 Hunt, TX 78028 Fax: 830.238.4014
Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.
For help or questions about registration, contact the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-460-4401 x 246.
Health Release Form
All participants are required to submit a Health & Release form upon arrival. Please bring a completed copy per participant on arrival; do not email it in advance.
Full refund minus administrative fee up to $75 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 amount paid toward other charges or future conferences.
Arrival and Departure
Conference registration begins at 3 p.m. Friday.
The opening plenary will be at 7:00 p.m. Conference ends at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
What to Bring
Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight and 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.
This conference will include a selection of our ropes course elements. To read a description of each element, click here.
Make sure to stop by the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly bookstore during your conference to pick out a souvenir, including a Men’s Conference t-shirt and hat!
We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or email@example.com.
Extend your fellowship through golf!
Grab your fellow golfers and join us for the Inaugural Mo-Ranch Calvin Cup! Arrive early for the Men’s Conference and play a round of golf with your team at the renowned River Hills Country Club in Kerrville. The tournament will be played in scramble format with tee times beginning at 9:30 am.
To register your team, please contact Echo Truax Clark at 830-459-3010.
- Arriving before dinner on Thursday, your room, Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch, your round of golf and cart fees = $200 per person
- Just playing golf (with cart fees and lunch) = $85 per person
Would you rather skip the golf and arrive as an Early Bird at the ranch for a little relaxation?
- Arriving before dinner on Thursday, your room, Thursday dinner, and Friday breakfast and lunch = $150