May 21-23, 2021
Thanks to all those involved and all their hard work, I feel this was one of the best conferences.”
A conference for women to come together, build relationships, worship and do fun activities!
Marking Grace: Here I Raise My Ebenezer
“…here by Thy great help I’ve come…”
– Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Robert Robinson, 1758
eb·e·ne·zer | \\ ˌebə¦nēzə(r)\\
Definition of ebenezer:
1 usually capitalized : a commemoration or marker of divine assistance, Hebrew for “stone of help.”
All of us face changes and transitions in our lives, whether those are positive steps or challenging upheavals: a new job, dealing with illness, divorce, moving to a new place, kids going off to college, caring for parents, or whatever in-between.
As people of faith, we have opportunities to mark these liminal spaces by recognizing that God is with us on the journey, giving us grace. We will spend the weekend reflecting on God’s presence in all the times of our lives – and in the midst of singing, prayer, worship, keynotes, workshops, and rest, we will mark those times and places of grace in our lives.
Each year, hundreds of women from across the region gather together for the Mo-Ranch Women’s Conference. Take a break from the busyness of life to recharge physically, mentally and spiritually. Conference activities include keynote presentations, worship, fellowship, recreation, free time and workshops.
- Create an inviting and safe environment for growth and renewal
- Hear God’s word through inclusive and intentional worship
- Reach a diverse cross-section of women by culture, age and background
- Celebrate and be good stewards of God’s creation
- Practice inclusiveness, radical hospitality and joyful fellowship
- Allow a place to reconnect with ourselves, God and each other
Mothers, daughters and granddaughters come together for a time of reunion and growth. Friendships that last a lifetime are made by women who would not have otherwise met.
The Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner grew up in the manse of the First Presbyterian Church of Waco, Texas – the daughter of Jimmie and Sherry Johnson, a Presbyterian pastor and a school teacher.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University in San Antonio and went on to receive a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., where she was awarded the Columbia Leadership Award for demonstrating the greatest potential for future leadership within the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Shannon has served as pastoral intern at urban congregations in Texas and Georgia, including Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta. Her first call upon graduating was as associate pastor at the Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church in The Woodlands. (1999–2002)
From there, she was called to Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving, in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, where for seven years she served as Head of Staff (2002–2009) before being called as Head of Staff to Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, just outside the gates of the Montreat Presbyterian Conference Center in North Carolina.
In the Spring of 2014 Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago voted enthusiastically and resoundingly to call her to be their next pastor; she has served in that role since 2014.
Shannon’s sermons have been published in the Journal for Preachers and Lectionary Homiletics and she has been a preacher and worship leader at various worship and preaching conferences.
Shannon is married to Greg Kershner, a financial advisor who, like Shannon, has a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Seminary. They have two children, Hannah and Ryan.
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Cost & Housing
Rates include tuition, meals and housing. After receiving your registration, a member of our team will contact you within seven business days to confirm additional details such as housing requests (roommates), dietary needs, t-shirt sizes, etc.
Hotel & Premium group housing
Under the age of 40 or non-Texas resident: $295
Commuter: (excludes lodging, includes meals and tuition)
Conference participants will be housed on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you wish to secure exclusive use of a standard group housing option, your church or group must pay housing costs for the minimum number of guests. Housing costs are approximately $140 per person. If not, you agree to be housed with other conference participants.
For example, if you wish to be housed in Log Lodge with a minimum of eighteen people, but only have fifteen committed, you must be willing to share the space with three other people or pay $140 each for the unused spots. Please give us a call to learn more about housing minimums, if you are interested in securing exclusive use, or have any other questions about housing options. Our phone number is 800.460.4401 ext. 242.
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, and other seasonally appropriate clothing. 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 (San Antonio/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. Directions to Mo-Ranch
This conference will include a selection of our ropes course elements. To read a description of each element, click here.
Make sure to stop by the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly bookstore during your conference to pick out a souvenir, including a specialty Women’s Conference tumbler!
We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.