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Men's Conference

May 1-3, 2020


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69th Annual Men’s Conference

It’s Time to Stand Tall:

 Who Are We Going to Be When Things Go Wrong?

Keynote: Rev. Tom Are Jr.

Pastor: Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kan.

Scriptures: John 8:1:11; John 9:1-12; Matthew 21:1-11

Click here to listen to the 2019 Men’s Conference session recordings.

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 Speaker: Rev. Tom Are Jr.

Prior to coming to the Village Church in 2004, Tom Are Jr. spent most of his life in the southeast. He loves Kansas City Royals’ baseball, stories that make you laugh, a book that makes you think and enough snowfall to close things down for a day or so.  When he can’t be in Kansas City, his favorite spot to be canoeing and camping is in Quetico, Canada.

In his ministry, Tom seeks to help folks be honest about faith, serious about mission and growth in their commitment to being shaped by the life of Jesus Christ. He sees significant changes in our culture regarding faith these days, and that gives him great energy and a deep sense of joy in his call to ministry. 

Tom is a graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. and Yale Divinity School. Previously, Tom has served Westminster Church in Charleston, S.C., Seven Oaks Church in Columbia, South Carolina and Riverside Church in Jacksonville, Fla. Tom and his wife, Carol, have been married since 1987, and they have two young adult children, Sarah and Nathan. Carol is a registered nurse and Tom is a sixth generation Presbyterian pastor (that’s a lot!). 

Chaplain: Rev. Frederick (Fred) Seay

Rev. Frederick (Fred) Seay has served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Sugar Land since 2011. Fred was born and raised in Pascagoula, Miss. and studied at Reformed Theological Seminary before graduating from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1989. As a seminary student, he participated in mission work in Mexico as well as along the Mexico-Texas border. Since his ordination (on Super Bowl Sunday in 1990), he has served churches in an Arizona mining camp, the Rio Grande Valley, in Navasota, Texas, Lake Charles, La., and finally, in Sugar Land, Texas. 

Fred earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Seminary in 1998. He and his wife, Ruth, are the proud parents of three grown children: Daniel, Aaron and Hannah. 

More information coming soon for 2020! Submit a workshop proposal Workshops will need to be presented twice during the conference. Workshops are available in one-hour increments during the morning and afternoon hours on Saturday, May 2, 2020. The deadline to submit a workshop proposal is Sunday, September 1, 2019.


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/person: Wynne/Flato (waitlisted), Pheasant Run (waitlisted), Westminster (FULL)

Premium Group Housing: $380/person: Braun House (FULL), Triplex (FULL), Nicklos Place (FULL), Nicklos Barn (FULL), Gatehouse (FULL), Chicken Roost (FULL), Casitas (FULL), Pilot House

Group Housing: $340/person: Milk Barn (LIMITED SPACE), Guest Lodge (FULL), River Dorm Apartment (FULL) 

Dorm Housing: $320/person: Loma Linda, River Dorm, Log Lodge (LIMITED SPACE)

Campground Cabins: $285/person

Tent Sites: $250/person

Commuter: (includes dinners and lunch) $230/person

Under 40/Outside of Texas attendees: $295/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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