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Small Church Pastor’s Retreat

October 21-25, 2024

This year, Couples in Ministry, Small Church Pastor’s Retreat and the Art of Transitional Ministry will be offered all in the same weekend, known as Bread for the Journey.

“We love the hospitality and peaceful beauty of Mo-Ranch.”

-Participant of Small Church Pastors Retreat

 A retreat for pastors of small churches. Come out to Mo and build connections while doing fun recreational activities and worship!

The Small Church Pastor’s Retreat at Mo-Ranch provides clergy who shepherd small flocks with opportunities for study, reflection and recreation. This retreat allows pastors to step away from the myriad demands upon them and experience renewal in their ministry.

Anyone who is a pastor of a small church – teaching elders, commissioned ruling elders, stated supply pastors, even student pastors – this retreat is for you!

Rev. Mark Plunkett – Pastor, Spring Branch Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas.  Mark was born and raised in Austin, Texas where he lived until age 13.  After several years of living in various locations around Texas and Tennessee, Mark returned to Austin to attend the University of Texas in 1976.  Upon graduation, Mark worked as an elementary school teacher in Austin.  Mark and his wife, Jeanne moved to Houston in 1982, where he worked as an elementary and middle school teacher in Spring Branch until his retirement in 2009.  During those years, Mark was active as an elder on sessions at both St. Giles and Spring Branch Presbyterian Churches, as well as serving as a pulpit supply preacher.  After many years of preaching, Mark felt the call to full-time ministry.  He attended Austin Seminary’s Houston Extension Program and later graduated from Princeton Seminary in 2011.  After this, he and Jeanne returned home to Houston.  Mark was called as the pastor for Heritage Presbyterian Church/Cypress, where he served from July, 2011 until recently; Mark has been called to be the senior co-pastor of Spring Branch PC beginning September 2023.  He and Jeanne have two grown children, Daniel and Megan, as well as children-in-law and three grandchildren.

2023 Schedule




Cost and Housing

Hotel-style lodging accommodations will be available for reservations.

Single occupancy room: $350

Spouse rate: $140 (includes all meals for the retreat duration)

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.


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.

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.

Click here for directions to Mo.


Make sure to stop by the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly bookstore during your conference to pick out a souvenir!


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