67th Annual Men’s Conference
Mark your calendars now for a spiritually renewing weekend during the 67th Annual Mo-Ranch Men’s Conference! The 2018 keynote speaker is Rev. Donovan Drake. Click the leadership tab to learn more about this year’s Men’s Conference leadership.
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Men’s Conference 2018 theme- “He restores my soul” (John 17:20 and Psalm 23)
This conference will explore keynote discussions on what the restoration of your soul looks like, how to let go and allow the Good Shepherd to lead and the restoration of the soul of the Church. Green pastures, still waters and a cup that runneth over await us!
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, paddle boarding, 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.
Donovan was born in Waukegan, IL, and grew up in Orange City, IA, and Vincennes, IN. A graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, Donovan also holds a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, and a D.Min. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He has served churches in Morganton, NC, and Durham, NC. His primary areas of interest and experience in ministry include preaching, teaching and pastoral care. Donovan is married to Beth Beran Drake, the only other Presbyterian that he found on the campus of Northwestern College. The Drakes have two children Michael who is working in Nashville and McKenzie who is attending Rhodes College in Memphis. In his spare time Donovan enjoys playing golf, racquetball, bike riding, reading and spending time with his family.
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). He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Austin College. He previously served Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cardiff, Maryland for five years. Bob enjoys reading, writing and playing the tuba (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.
Conference chaplain: The Rev. David Schaefers
David has been the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Richardson since 2012. He is a warm and energetic person, and brings both passion and purpose to his ministry. He loves people and is deeply committed to pastoral care. Home and hospital visitation are an important part of his ministry.
David says: “My ministry is shaped by prayerfully promoting genuine discipleship for all ages and stages of God’s people—and by
letting God do the rest.”
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.
Cost & Housing
Hotel/motel housing, double occupancy- $375.00 (SOLD OUT)
Wynne/Flato, Pheasant Run, Westminster
Premium group housing- $375.00 (SOLD OUT)
Nicklos Place, Nicklos Barn
Group housing- $335.00 (SOLD OUT)
Guest Lodge, Milk Barn, Triplex and River Dorm Apartment
Dorm housing- $320.00
Log Lodge, Loma Linda, Lower Loma Linda, River Dorm
Campground cabins- $285.00
Tent sites- $270.00
Includes dinner and lunch
Special rates for under 40: $295
Participants from somewhere other than Texas: $295
NO child under the age of 13 may register, and ages 13-17 require an accompanying adult 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
2229 FM 1340
Hunt, TX 78028
For help or questions about registration, contact the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-460-4401 x 246.
Arrival and Departure
Conference registration begins at 3 p.m. Friday, May 4.
The opening plenary will be at 7:00 p.m. Conference ends at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 6.
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.