A week of retreat, renewal, and relaxation with outdoor ministry colleagues

Join camp and conference professionals from all over the US and Canada in the beautiful Texas Hill Country for meaningful fellowship and learning! Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly in Hunt, Texas is hosting this year’s PCCCA Annual Conference. We encourage you to bring members from all areas of your outdoor ministry for professional growth and collaborative learning. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran of outdoor ministry, there will be something for you at Annual Conference!

Water in the Wilderness
…for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people…
Isaiah 43:20

Water is a source of life, both physical and spiritual. It sustains us and renews us when we are tired. It refreshes us when we are thirsty. It was the waters of our baptism that welcomed us into the community of faith. Water also provides a place to gather together and offers a source of fun and recreation.

God provides the water to revive us in the often stressful and challenging field of outdoor ministry, which enables us to more faithfully serve our campers and guests in a manner that reflects Christ’s love.

This conference is designed for camp and conference professionals to develop their skills and knowledge bases and network with others in outdoor ministry. We will have intentional time to refresh, recharge, and reconnect with your PCCCA family. In addition to the workshops focused on camp and conference management and programming, there will be workshops dedicated specifically to personal and spiritual care, whole-body wellbeing, and recreation.

We hope you will take advantage of the opportunities to find the living water God provides in the wilderness so you can return to your site renewed for your ministry.

MoRanch-LogoPresbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly sits on 500 acres along the spring-fed Guadalupe River in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Mo-Ranch is a summer camp, year-round conference center, and a host to a variety of retreats and events. It is a center for an Environmental Leadership Program, creative arts ministries, and an abundance of recreational opportunities.

 

Leadership

Tom Rosenberg – Keynoter

Tom Rosenberg is the President/Chief Executive Officer of the American Camp Association. He most recently served as the executive director of Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Prior to Camp Judaea, Tom spent more than two decades with Blue Star Camps in North Carolina, most of those years as a director. Tom is a past national treasurer and board member of the ACA as well as a past board president and treasurer of ACA Southeastern. A founding board member of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association, Tom was awarded the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Camp Industry Leadership Award as well as the American Camp Association’s National Honor Award and ACA Southeastern’s Distinguished Service Award.

Jill Duffield – Worship Leader/Keynote Speaker

Jill Duffield currently serves as the editor and publisher of The Presbyterian Outlook, an independent publication on the Presbyterian Church (USA). She graduated with her Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary and was ordained as a teaching elder in 1998. In May, 2013 Jill earned her Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has served large and small congregations, led numerous retreats, and has had articles, sermons and curricula published. She was the 2015 recipient of the Associated Church Press James Solheim Award for Editorial Courage. In addition, Jill is frequently asked to preach and has had the privilege of preaching at the Massanetta Springs Bible Conference and the Montreat Conference Center. Jill is married to Grant and they have three children, Joseph, Jessie and Marissa.

Clay Brantley – Worship Leader/Keynote Speaker

Clay Brantley was born and raised in Louisiana and attended Camp Lacombe (South Louisiana Presbytery) as a youth and worked at Camp Feliciana (South Louisiana Presbytery) two summers with Robert and Karen Allen as a college student. After attending Austin Seminary, Clay served churches in Malvern, Arkansas; Sherman, McKinney, Garland, Whitesboro and Denton, Texas. While on the Arkansas Presbytery Camping Committee, Clay attended the PCCCA Annual Conference in 1997, 1998, and 1999. He has participated and led numerous retreats, conferences, and work days at Gilmont and Mo-Ranch. In the summer of 2015, Clay heard a call to step outside of parish ministry into a deeper exploration of life with Jesus Christ. This has led him into many wonderful, mystical, and life-giving experiences.

Hugh Donnelly – Music Leader

Hugh Donnelly grew up in Prince Edward Island, on Canada’s east coast. While enjoying some live music one night in an Irish pub during his university years, Hugh made the decision to teach himself how to play the guitar. He has a passion for congregational singing, and has been invited to lead music at a variety of conferences in Canada and the US, including APCE, Montreat Youth Conference, ARW, Peacemaking, Big Tent, and Canada Youth. Hugh serves as the minister at Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church in Toronto. Important activities in Hugh’s life include long distance running, flying small airplanes and playing with his band, Lost Pilgrims.

 

Schedule

WhenWhat Where
1:00-6:00pRegistration
Check-In
Hospitality
Airport Shuttles Running
Registration
6:00-7:00p DinnerKing Dinner Hall
7:00pFirst Timers' Welcome and Orientation

Social Time
Dishman
8:15pGather, Welcome and WorshipMain Auditorium
9:00pHospitality & SnacksWagon Wheel
This day is sponsored by The Insurance Board
WhenWhat Where
7:15aMorning WatchTBD
7:30-8:30a BreakfastKing Dining Hall
8:30aChildren's Program Begins
9:00aKeynoteMain Auditorium
10:30aBreak
10:45aWorkshop Session #1
12:00pLunch

Children's Program Ends
Riverside
1:30pH2MORiverside
3:15pWorkshop Session #2

Children's Program Begins
4:45pAssociation Meeting #1Main Auditorium
6:00pDinner

Children's Program Ends
King Dining Hall
7:15pPrayer Stations
8:15pSmall Groups #1
9:00pHospitality & Snacks
This day is sponsored by Ultra Camp
WhenWhat Where
7:15aMorning Watch
7:30-8:30a Breakfast & AnnoucementsKing Dining Hall
8:30aChildren's Program Begins
9:00aAssociation Meeting #2King Dining Hall
10:30aExhibit Hall
12:00pLunch with Cracker Barrels

Children's Program Ends
King Dining Hall
12:50pChildren's Program Begins
1:15pExhibit Hall Re-Opens
2:00pWorkshop Session #3
3:30pRest time

5k Run
4:00pChildren's Program Ends
5:00pSWAG Swap
5:30pExhibit Hall Closes
6:00pDinnerKing Dining Hall
7:15pWorshipChapel On the Hill
8:30Free Play Café
This day is sponsored by Thrivent Financial
WhenWhat Where
7:15aMorning Watch
7:30-8:30a BreakfastKing Dining Hall
8:30aChildren's Program Begins
9:00aKeynoteMain Auditorium
10:45aWorkshop Session #4
12:00pLunchKing Dining Hall
12:30pChildren's Program Ends
1:00pFree Afternoon
8:30pHospitality & Snacks
WhenWhat Where
7:15aMorning Watch
7:30-8:30aBreakfast & AnnouncementsKing Dining Hall
8:30aChildren's Program Begins
9:00aKeynoteMain Auditorium
10:30aBreak
10:45aWorkshop Session #5
12:00pLunch

Children's Program Ends
King Dining Hall
12:50pChildren's Program Begins
1:15pAssociation Meeting #3King Dining Hall
3:00pWorkshop Session #6
4:00pChildren's Program Ends
4:15pCracker Barrels
5:00pAuction
Dinner served during Auction
Main Auditorium
8:00pWorship & ClosingMain Auditorium
9:00pHospitality & Snacks
WhenWhat Where
5:00aAirport Shuttles (running until 3:00p)
 

Travel Information

Flying to Mo-Ranch

Mo-Ranch will be providing shuttle service to and from the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) on the first and last day of the conference. Cost for the shuttle service is $25 one-way ($50 round trip). On Sunday, November 5th, the first shuttle will pick up at SAT at 11:00 a.m. and the last shuttle will leave from SAT for Mo-Ranch at approximately 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, November 10th, the first shuttle will not leave Mo-Ranch before 5:00 a.m. Departing flights for those using the shuttle service should be scheduled no earlier than 8:00 a.m. First and last shuttle times are subject to change depending on the number of reservations for shuttle services. Those arriving/departing outside of these times will need to make other arrangements for travel.

All major rental car companies are available at SAT. You can arrange alternate transportation with Hill Country Limousine for an airport shuttle at any time.

 

FAQ

Daniel J. Moran, the president of Continental Oil Co (Conoco), bought about 6,800 acres including the land that is now Mo-Ranch from a fellow oil-man in 1936. He named his estate “Mo-Ranch” and proceeded on a building campaign that created a self-sustaining village—including ice house and power station. An engineer by training, Moran designed impressive buildings, primarily from Hill Country limestone and oilfield pipe—materials easily accessible to him. The Main Auditorium, Guest Lodge, Chapel, Loma Linda Lodge, River Dorm, and Catwalk—and a host of smaller buildings supporting ranching activities—were built under his supervision and often with his direct involvement.

Distinctive, hand-painted San Jose tiles from San Antonio and intricate ironwork by German-born Erich Riesel add rich detail to Moran’s structures. A large swimming pool lined with 2 million tiles was built beside the Manor House on the bluff overlooking the river. Entertainment and hospitality were a hallmarks of Moran’s efforts. The Main Auditorium was designed for roller skating, basketball and showing movies. The Guest Lodge was built for the comfort of his family and Conoco supervisors who concluded lengthy tours of company facilities with stays at the ranch. And the River Slide, still a favorite with guests seven decades after its installation, is purely for fun.

After his death in 1948, the ranch was sold to the Presbyterian Synod of Texas with about 6,500 acres of land being carved off to create the Kerr Wildlife Management Area. Over the 65 years since the purchase, the managing board of Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly added more structures to Moran’s estate—a dining hall (now the Mabee Building) and Pheasant Run motel facility were built in the 1950s. Three decades later, further growth in guest numbers made it necessary to add the Wynne/Flato Lodges and the King Dining Hall. All additions were designed to fit into the architectural themes set by the ranch’s first owners.

Today Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly serves more than 40,000 men, women and children each year. As with the first people to come here, they continue to seek spiritual nourishment, fellowship and renewal in this special place on the headwaters of a crystal-clear river.

There are SO many things to do at Mo-Ranch it is hard to list them all!  Land activities include hiking, a high and low ropes course, a zip line, climbing wall, sport areas including basketball, disc golf, tennis, sand volleyball, horseshoes, gaga swimming and much more!

The world famous Mo-Slide, canoeing, kayaking, paddles boards and swimming of course are just a few of the things you can do in the water.

Scenic vistas abound with great views from the catwalk, an incredible chapel on the hill, inspiration point overlooking the valley and a wildflower meadow.

There are even a couple of playgrounds for the little ones and the young at heart!

For November in the Hunt, Texas area, the average high is 71°F/22°C and average low is 45°F/7°C.  It can be cool in the evenings, so please bring a warm jacket or sweater.
Absolutely – they would have a great time!  Mo-Ranch has set aside the Triplex Apartments to house families attending the conference.  Each newly renovated suite has a queen bed and 2 bunk beds, shared bathroom, a living area, kitchen and dining space.  They are the perfect place for a family to unwind and be together and be extremely comfortable.  There will also beprogramming for children and youth provided by the incredible Mo-Ranch staff.
Cell phone service is limited due to Mo-Ranch’s remote location. Ask our guest service agents at the registration desk for the best locations on the ranch to pick up a cell signal. A public phone for outgoing calls is available in the lobby of the Mabee Registration Building.

There is Wi-Fi available in certain areas around Mo-Ranch and they are expanding their network all the time.  Currently Wi-Fi is available in the following facilities:  Mabee Registration Building (including Trull), Pheasant Run and Wynne-Flato hotel rooms, Main Auditorium, Manor House and King Dining Hall.

All of your linens and towels are provided, hair dryers are not.  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the gravel roads and paths connecting the various buildings and areas. 
Hat, sunscreen, swimsuit and a flashlight are highly recommended.
 

Accommodations

Pheasant Run

(Single Occupancy)

Comfortable, private hotel-style accommodations, each room with two queen-size beds and a private bath.

Wynne Flato

(Double Occupancy)

Comfortable, private hotel style accommodations, each room with two queen-size beds and a private bath.

Manor House Lodge

(Multiple Occupancy)

The original ranch owner’s home, styled after an early Spanish mansion, includes a large living room with fireplace. In this building, we are offering seven triple or quadruple occupancy rooms – each with a private bath.

Guest Lodge

(Dorm Occupancy)

Unique two-story lodge overlooking the Guadalupe River. The 11 bedrooms have two bunkbeds (or three twin beds) with shared bathrooms.

Triplex Apartments – Family Lodging

Three separate apartments with kitchens, 1 bedroom in each unit, private baths and living area. Each unit sleeps 6 people with one queen and two sets of bunk beds.

Registration Fees

Online registration will begin in late August

Cancellation Policy
Prior to October 14th, all but $100.00 will be refunded to you. After this date, the entire fee is nonrefundable. If you need to cancel or change your registration, please contact the conference registrar, David Edscorn, at registrar@pccca.net.

Scholarships
Financial assistance is available for the conference. Please complete this request form and send it to PCCCA Executive Director, Joel Winchip at joel@pccca.net. PCCCA scholarships are normally limited to the registration fee for the event.

So how much does it cost to attend the conference?
Just add your registration fee, lodging fee, meals fee, and shuttle fee (optional) to get the total cost. Why all the math? We want you to be charged for exactly what you need and nothing more.

Registration Fee

 ParticipantsPer day for partial stay participantSpecial Guest (?)Partial Stay Special Guest (?)Non-Participating SpouseChildren & Youth
Registration$165$70$115$40$85$70

Lodging

Lodging StyleDescriptionFee
Guest LodgeDorm Occupancy, Shared Bath$150
Manor House LodgeMultiple Occupancy, Shared Bath$185
Wynne and FlatoDouble Occupancy, Private Bath$275
Pheasant RunSingle Occupancy, Private Bath$425

Family LodgingDescriptionFee
Triplex ApartmentsIncludes kitchen and living area.$700/family

Meals

AgeFee
All Meals - Adult$146
All Meals - Children (4-11)$102
Children (3 and under)Free

Shuttles (optional)

ShuttleFee
Airport Shuttle$25 One-Way ($50 round trip)