Although Stan and Carolynn Cobbs did not meet at Mo-Ranch, they do share one of their best memories together at the ranch—getting engaged! The couple first met at Austin College in Sherman, TX in the fall of 1951 and attended a college conference at Mo-Ranch in August 1954 with a group of their peers. Stan had planned to propose to Carolynn during the group trip and she ended up saying “yes” at the ramada behind the swimming pool.
“My favorite memory at Mo-Ranch was standing at the open-aired chapel by the swimming pool and asking the love of my life to marry me. I couldn’t think of a better place than right there among the beautiful hills of the Texas Hill Country,” said Stan. “My next favorite memory is working at Mo after attending so many different conferences and retreats. It’s an incredible place to be surrounded by—both professionally and personally.”
Stan Cobbs is a former vice-president of Mo-Ranch from 1981 to the late-1990s and the director of church relations at Schreiner University for 15 years. He vividly remembers the construction of Westminster Lodge and some great employees who are still a part of Mo-Ranch today. Carolynn is a retired kindergarten teacher of 38 years and spent many of her career years in Kerrville, TX. Together they have three children: Stephen is a Presbyterian pastor of 20 years in Virginia and also graduated from Austin College, their daughter, Karen, is a retired kindergarten teacher in San Antonio and Sarah is a kindergarten reading specialist in Atlanta—who all together have given them nine grandchildren!
“My favorite program that Mo-Ranch offers is definitely the Men’s Conference. I really enjoy all of the singing. There’s just something about getting a large group of men together and singing our hearts out in worship that really creates a holy atmosphere. The keynote speakers and the leadership teams are always very inspirational. I still keep in touch with men who I’ve met at the conference and know quite a few others from the area who also attend,” said Stan.
Carolynn enjoys the music and worship retreats as well as the Women’s Conference. They have family reunions every other year at Mo-Ranch and enjoy creating memories with relatives along the banks of the crystal-clear waters.
“We always look forward to our trips to Mo-Ranch and are very excited to join other Mo-Mancers at the Mo-Mance Retreat in February. There are so many others who have created such loving memories here and we can’t wait to hear their stories and share our own,” said Stan.