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Men's Conference

May 3-5, 2019


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68th Annual Men’s Conference

Scripture focus: Acts 2:1-17, Matthew 13:24-30, John 14:16-31, 2 Timothy 1:1-13

What Is 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.

Conference Vision

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.

Conference Goals

  • 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.

Register now, space is limited! Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or

Keynote: The Rev. Dr. Jack Haberer Jack is well known in the denomination of the PC(USA), having served on several denomination-wide committees and task forces, most notably the Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church from 2001- 2006. He has served two long-time PC(USA) pastorates as head-of-staff of Clear Lake Church in Houston, Texas and Trinity Church in Satellite Beach, Fla.  In addition, Jack served as the editor-publisher of The Presbyterian Outlook, Richmond, Va., for nine years and is the author of three books, Living in the Presence of the Spirit (2001), God Views: The Convictions That Drive Us and Divide Us (2001) and It’s Complicated: A Guide To Faithful Decision Making (2016). He received his A.B. from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. and his D. Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.


Bible study leader: The Rev. Dr. Bob Crilley Dr. Crilley has been pastor of First Presbyterian Church Grapevine since May 1993. Bob is a gifted preacher who has the ability to communicate with the congregation as if he were talking to each member individually. He has won several preaching awards and authored the book “Veiled Glimpses of God’s Glory” (CSS Publishing). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (1984) with a BA in English Literature and Philosophy. He received his theological education at Princeton (Masters) and McCormick Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry), and he was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Austin College. He previously served Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cardiff, Md. for five years. Bob enjoys reading, writing and playing the tuba for the Lake Cities Community Band. Son of the long-time pastor at Fort Street Presbyterian Church of Detroit and a native of Michigan, Bob is an avid fan of Detroit sports teams and his beloved UM Wolverines. Bob is married to Judy, and they have three daughters.


Sunday morning worship leader: The Rev. Dr. Thomas Daniel Thomas was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., and graduated from Davidson College. He taught English in Japan for two years, where he met his wife Beth, who is from Wales in the United Kingdom. Post-Japan, Thomas attended Columbia Theological Seminary, graduating with a masters of divinity in 2003 and a doctor of ministry in 2011. While in seminary, Thomas worked for three years as the director of college ministry at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. Upon graduation, he served as associate pastor for Evangelism for that same congregation before later serving as co-pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, Ill. 

Schedule 2019   If you are interested in joining the Men’s Choir, please email our programs department at There will be multiple opportunities for small group breakout sessions during this conference. The workshop leaders for these sessions are listed below. Bible Study:

  • Rev. Dr. Jack Haberer: The Biblical Biography of the Holy Spirit
  • Rev. Travis Allen: The Great Ends of the Church
  • Dr. Andrew “Andy” Dearman: Life Lessons for Men from the Book of Ruth
  • Rev. Dr. Dale Patterson: The Right Stuff—The Man Christ Calls Us to Be
  • Mark Brainerd: prayer information coming soon
  • Dr. James “Jim” Goodloe: Reformed Theology: What Are We to Believe and How Are We to Obey?


  • David Thompson: Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services
  • Bill Burnett: Opportunities, Needs and Impacts in Providing Clean Water
  • Ken Richardson: Empowering the Community through Relationships
  • Geoff Wright: International Missions Trips—Word at Work

Social Issues:

  • John Kusewitt and Brian Ratzer: When Seconds Count, First Responders are Minutes Away
  • Ron Spross: Presbyterians Advocating for Faithful Action on Climate Change
  • Dr. Darhyl Ramsey: Homelessness in the U.S. and Texas
  • Rev. Dr. Whit Bodman: The Roots of ISIS: The Torsions and Distortions of Islam
  • Rev. Dr. Brent Hampton: Faith & Science
  • Rev. Craig Krueger: Xenogenesis—The Longevity Project

Personal Development:

  • Stephen Parr: Learning to Listen: How to Hear God’s Will in Your Daily Life
  • Scott Stewart: Do You Believe in Miracles? God Does!
  • Brent Dirks: Fighting Fire and Cancer with Faith and Family
  • Trent Lawrence: Signs of Wildlife: Mo-Ranch Walking Tour
  • Dr. James Taylor: Ideas for Maintaining and Improving One’s Marital Relationship
  • Marshall Nelson: The Conversation Project—Planning for End-of-Life Care
  • Mo-Ranch Outdoor Education Ministry: Zip 480 and Big Gulp 52′


  • Fred Gamble: Mo-Ranch Bus Tour
  • Chuck Kolakowski: Growing Your Men’s Ministry
  • Fred Medina: Christian Response to Changing Community Demographics
  • Rev. Christian Harrison: The Problem of Christians as Practicing Atheists


A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration.

Full refund minus $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.

Cost & Housing

Hotel/Motel Housing (double occupancy): $380.00/person: Wynne/Flato (FULL), Pheasant Run (FULL), Westminster (FULL)

Premium Group Housing: $380.00/person: Braun House, Triplex, Nicklos Place (FULL), Nicklos Barn (FULL), Gatehouse (FULL), Chicken Roost (FULL), Casitas (FULL)

Group Housing: $340.00/person: Milk Barn (LIMITED SPACE), Guest Lodge (FULL), River Dorm Apartment (FULL) 

Dorm Housing: $320.00/person: Loma Linda, River Dorm, Log Lodge (LIMITED SPACE)

Campground Cabins: $285.00/person

Tent Sites:

Commuter: (includes dinners and lunch) $230.00/person


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

For help or questions about registration, contact the registrar at or call 800-460-4401 x 246.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

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.

Click here for directions to Mo.

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