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Youth Leader Summit

February 10-12, 2020


The Youth Leader Summit seeks to be a supportive and informative gathering for all who work with young people in the church—youth directors, parents, pastors, educators and/or advisors are all welcome! Together, we will spend three days and two nights digging into some of the current issues facing youth ministry while also sharing joys, concerns and best practices. There will also be time for individual and group worship, play, rest and relaxation!

Working with and serving students in middle and high school, plus their parents, in our communities of faith requires no small amount of creativity, vision, persistence and joyful patients. In fact, youth ministry demands all the energy, intelligence, imagination and love that we can muster.

We want to honor our partnership in ministry with you by offering this annual event. Mo-Ranch wants to pour some love and strength back into you! We believe you need and deserve some dedicated time away with your colleagues to recharge and regroup. Because we want as many people to attend as possible, we have kept the cost of this event to a minimum. We do not want financial issues/strains to prevent you from attending.

Reserve your space now!

Questions? Contact Echo Truax, programs manager, at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 242.

Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, she served as a pastor and campus minister in suburban Washington, D.C. before receiving her PhD from Princeton Seminary in 1997. She is currently the project director and senior strategist for The Zoe Project, an Lilly Endowment initiative designed to foster innovation in congregations around young adults. 

In addition to teaching in practical theology, education and formation (specifically youth and young adult ministry, the church as social innovator, and theories of teaching), Kenda works closely with Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry and the Farminary. She also serves as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church.

Kenda is the author of numerous books on youth, church and culture and in 2013 she and fellow pastor Mark DeVries co-founded Ministry Incubators, Inc., an educational and consulting group dedicated to missional innovation and entrepreneurial forms of ministry. 




Carl Horton joined the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program staff in 2011 as strategic planning and program facilitator.

Over his tenure as Coordinator of PPP, he has lead a strategic planning and program evaluation for the peacemaking program. Prior to his work with the Peacemaking Program, Horton specialized in transitional ministry in Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, serving as interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Shelbyville, Ky.; Springdale and Second Presbyterian Churches in Louisville; and First Presbyterian Church, Frankfort, Ky.

Horton previously served as the GAMC’s coordinator for church leader support with the General Assembly Mission Council from 2000-2004. He has also chaired Mid-Kentucky Presbytery’s Committee on Preparation for Ministry and served on the executive committee of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. Carl’s work and ministry has placed him at critical intersections of ministry with young people at all levels of the church – from local congregations to General Assembly and Presbyterian Youth Triennium.

Cost and Housing

Attendees will be housed in Guest Lodge. There are a limited number of hotel rooms available (double occupancy, we will place you with a roommate), so please let us know if you need that type of lodging to accommodate your mobility needs.

There is a $75 reservation fee to hold your spot for the Summit; otherwise, there are no additional charges to you!

Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or

Registration/Cancellation Policy

A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration.

Full refund minus $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.


Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

Arrival & Departure

Arrive and check-in between 4 and 6 p.m. on the day the conference begins. One sponsor per group should check-in their group. Youth will wait for their group leader in a designated area. Groups will be able to move into their housing facilities no earlier than 4 p.m. Conferences begin with dinner at 6 p.m. and end mid-morning on the day of departure.

Stuff to Bring

You may want to bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, casual clothing, tennis equipment, swimsuit, water shoes, rain gear, camera, lidded cup or mug, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Personal Electronics

The use of personal electronic devices affect not only the person using the device but others around them. Using an electronic device for activities unrelated to the conference can be disruptive and disrespectful. Mo-Ranch encourages groups to leave personal electronics at home. We ask that any electronic devices brought to the conference be kept on silent or turned off during all scheduled events (keynote, small group, worship, vespers, etc.) Distracting personal electronics may be collected by conference staff and turned in to a sponsor. Mo-Ranch or its representatives will not assume responsibility for devices that are lost, stolen, damaged and/or confiscated.


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. Directions to Mo.



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