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Men's Conference

May 5-7, 2017



Check out more photos of past Men’s Conferences

2015     2016

66th Annual Men’s Conference

2017 theme: “Navigating life, steered by the compass of the Word.”
Marching orders from Micah.

Mark your calendars now for a spiritually renewing weekend during the 66th Annual Mo-Ranch Men’s Conference! The 2017 keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Blair R. Monie. Click the leadership tab to learn more about this year’s Men’s Conference leadership.

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.

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!

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Blair R. Monie, Austin Seminary


Blair Monie holds a BA in English from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania (1970), a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (1973), and a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary (1979), where his doctoral thesis focused on the supervision of seminarians in field education.  Dr. Monie has served as pastor of churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas—most recently as senior pastor of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he served for 19 years.

Consistently committed to theological education, he supervised students in Princeton’s “Teaching Church” program for nine years, and was a reader of DMin qualifying examinations for nine years at Princeton Seminary.  As a member of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he chaired the Congregational Ministries Division and served on the Committee on Theological Education.  In 2006, Dr. Monie chaired the Ecclesiology Committee of the 217th General Assembly, with responsibility for the Report of the Peace, Unity, and Purity Task Force of the denomination. For four years at Preston Hollow, he mentored new seminary graduates in the Lilly Pastoral Residency program.

Having served for nine years as a trustee of Austin Seminary, in 2013, Monie was honored by a generous gift of Robert and Mary Wright of Dallas, establishing the Blair R. Monie Distinguished Chair in Homiletics. Monie is author of “Seven Days to Glory,” a study of Holy Week, published by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary.


Bible Study Leader: Dr. Robert S. (Bob) Crilley, First Presbyterian Church Grapevine


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: Rev. David Schaefers, First Presbyterian Church of Richardson


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.”

David and Leigh were married in June of 2000 and have two daughters.


Click here to download the schedule. Please note, this schedule is in progress and is subject to change.

2017 Men’s Conference Workshop Topics

*additional information, coming soon!

David Green 222nd General Assembly in Review
Bryan Stamper 3 Leadership Resources for every Leader in the PCUSA Church
Mark Cooper Biblical Storytelling
Godwin Dixon Caring for Your Aging Parents
Travis Allen Christian Response to Xenophobia in America
Dick Fossler Fly Fishing
Maria Gould Glass Fusion
Bryan Stamper 5 Essential Practices for every man in your Church
Sue Smith Is Your Church Green?
John Williams Letters from Chadwick Mills; Presbyterian Church right here, right now.
David McKenas Male Health – 2017 Preventative Health Recommendations
Dick Powell Mo-Ranch: Past, Present and Future
Dr. Tim Summerlin Pan American School – Mo-Ranch
Michael Czyz Parents Anonymous
Wesley Fryer Pocket Share Jesus
Duane Manning Practical Man Skills III
Stephen Parr Sharing the Good News Through Modern Media
Michael Brundeen Theology of the Blues
Alan Baroody To Fear, or Not to Fear: Syrian Refugees on the Move
Jim Evans Wine Appreciation
Lloyd Niederriter Wood Turning Demonstration
Milton Key Capital Campaigns and Gift Fundraising for your Church
Pat Ditty Killer B’s in Palestine

A deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due March 1, 2017, prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days. Full refund less $25 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 60 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 60 days prior to the start of the event, nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Hotel Double Occupancy/Nicklos Place/Nicklos Barn (Sold-out)
Wynne/Flato, Pheasant Run, Westminster, Nicklos Place, Nicklos Barn

Group Housing- $315.00
Guest Lodge, Milk Barn, Triplex Apartment, River Dorm Apartment

Dorm Housing- $300.00
Log Lodge, Loma Linda, Lower Loma Linda, River Dorm

Campground Cabins- $270.00

Tent Sites- $255.00

Commuter- $215.00
Includes dinner and lunch

Special Rates For Under 40: $275
Participants from somewhere other than Texas: $275

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
Attn: Registrar
2229 FM 1340
Hunt, TX 78028

Fax: 830.238.4014

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

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

Arrival and Departure

Conference registration begins at 3 p.m. Friday, May 5.
The opening plenary will be at 7:00 p.m. Conference ends at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 7.

What to Bring

Bring a 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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