Solo Pastor’s Retreat

October 10-13, 2016



The Solo Pastor’s Retreat is an annual collaborative effort between Mo-Ranch, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Synod of the Sun. The retreat is designed for pastors seeking time to study, reflect and recreate through fellowship and workshops.

This is an opportunity for pastors to experience renewal in their ministry with their peers and the Lord.

The retreat will be led by keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Blair Monie. Click the leadership tab to learn more about Dr. Monie and other leadership for this retreat.

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Did you know special scholarships are available for pastor education opportunities? Click here to learn requirements and apply for:  training event scholarships, grants for small churches located in Texas, & Hispanic Latino Continuing Education Fund.

Register now, space is limited!

Retreat Leadership

Blair Monie

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Blair Monie – Professor in The Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Distinguished Chair of Pastoral Ministry and Leadership at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Blair 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. He 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.

Drew Travis

Opening Worship Leader: Drew Travis – First Presbyterian Church of Granbury

Drew is a fourth-generation Presbyterian minister and a graduate of Texas Tech University and McCormick Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Arkansas. His ministry has been greatly informed by his grandfather and father and their shared enthusiasm for being pastors. Drew finds the relationships that form the community of faith to be the greatest joy in his ministry.

Rev. Ernest Garder

Worship and Music Leader: Rev. Ernest Gardner – Teaching Elder for Charlotte Presbytery

Ernest has been part of the Wee Kirk Movement (Smaller Membership Congregational Ministry) since his seminary internship when Dr. Harry Hassall invited him to attend the Mid-America conference. Along with his calling as a Teaching Elder, Ernest continues to sing professionally as a member of the Opera Carolina Chorus. Having served churches of less than 40 members (his first call was to a three-fold parish), he loves the ministry smaller membership congregations provide and the integrity of ministry they share in the name of Christ.

Sallie Watson

Workshop Leader: Sallie Watson – General Presbyter for Mission Presbytery

Sallie is a native of Dallas and a life-long Presbyterian. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Austin College in 1978, her Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1987 and her Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2007, where she studied preaching with the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.

Sallie will be leading workshops covering General Assembly’s actions.

Workshop Leader: Reverend Dr. David H. Green – First Presbyterian Church of Conroe

David holds degrees from Austin College in Sherman, Texas (Bachelor of Arts), Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia (Master of Divinity and Master of Theology) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Doctor of Ministry).

For the past 10 years, David has been in New Covenant Presbytery. He is currently the Moderator-Elect of the Presbytery and is the chairperson of its General Council. In 2016, David was a Commissioner at the 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA). Assigned to the committee for Immigration and Environmental Issues, David successfully co-authored a Minority Report that was eventually adopted by the Assembly.

David will be addressing the fossil-fuel divestment debate and actions at the General Assembly.

*Sample schedule, subject to change.


2016 Solo Pastor Sample Schedule

All participants will be housed in hotel-type accommodations in Wynne/Flato Lodge. Each room has 2 queen beds and full bathroom. Cost includes 3 nights lodging, 8 meals and tuition for workshops.

Double-occupancy: $275

Single-occupancy: $355

Commuter (excludes lodging, includes tuition, lunch and dinner): $130

Want to bring your spouse? They can join you for $120. Choose single occupancy for you and the spouse rate for them! They are welcome to join in worship and free time activities, and will enjoy all meals here, too.


A 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 10 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 10 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.


Did you know special scholarships are available for pastor education opportunities? Click here to learn requirements and apply for:  training event scholarships, grants for small churches located in Texas, & Hispanic Latino Continuing Education Fund.

Mo-Ranch scholarships are also available! Click here to learn more.


Arrival and Departure

Conference registration begins at 4 p.m. Monday, October 10. Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. The opening plenary will be at 7:00 p.m. Conference ends Thursday, October 13, following worship.

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) 329-2360 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport (Directions to Mo).

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