Men’s Retreat

April 26-27, 2024

Oklahoma Baptists’ Men’s Ministry

The Men’s Retreat is an annual event that takes place in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma at a conference center known as Falls Creek. The focus is on transforming the lives of men through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

The unifying force that brings these men together is threefold: first, a love for Christ and desire to be men of God who influence their world; second, to find the right next step or direction for their relationship with God; and third, to find and build godly friendships with other men.

Registration Now Open!

Retreat Pricing:

Feb. 1

Adults – $75

Students – $50

Mar. 1

Adults – $100

Students – $75

Apr. 8

DEADLINE to Register

Please noteStudents must be 14-17 years old and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, not a grandparent, uncle, youth minister, pastor, or any other adult. Any minor not accompanied by their parent will be sent home.

Speakers:

Brian Mills, Pastor; Yukon, Trinity

Pastor Brian Mills, currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon, Oklahoma, a position he has held with dedication since 2019. With a career spanning over two decades, Brian has consistently demonstrated a fervent commitment to fostering spiritual growth and community engagement.

Throughout his career, Pastor Brian Mills has been leading ministries in churches of various sizes across the country. His leadership journey includes steering student ministries ranging from 7 to 2,000 students and overseeing a college ministry that thrived with 1,000 students. Brian’s gift for communication has led him to travel extensively, captivating audiences nationwide with his inspirational and impactful messages.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Brian Mills is an author, co-authoring three notable books. His works include “Checkpoints – A Tactical Guide to Manhood”, “Virtuosity – A 40-day Journey to Do the Common Uncommonly Well,” and “A Different College Experience – How to Live for Christ in College.”

Raised in the town of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Pastor Brian Mills brings a genuine and relatable approach to his ministry. He is a devoted family man, sharing his life’s journey with his wife, Jennifer Mills, and their two children, McKenna, and Parker.

Brian’s unwavering passion lies in witnessing the transformation of lives through salvation, baptism, and spiritual growth. His vision extends to equipping and leading the church with a fervor to live out the Great Commission, inspiring believers to embrace their faith actively and make a meaningful impact in their communities.

As a dynamic speaker, compassionate shepherd, and accomplished author, Pastor Brian Mills continues to inspire and guide individuals on their spiritual journeys, leaving a lasting legacy of faith, compassion, and purpose.

Garry McNeill, Pastor; Durant, FBC

Garry was called to ministry in college and began serving the Lord at age 20. He came to Durant, FBC as the senior pastor in July of 2019 after serving as the pastor at Cherokee, FBC for the previous four years. Prior to becoming a pastor, Garry was a youth minister for eighteen years.

Garry graduated from Garber High School in 1995. He then graduated college at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, OK with a degree in Mass Communications in 1999. While attending Northwestern, he became the part-time youth minister at Cherokee, FBC in 1997. He continued in that capacity until 1999 when the church voted to bring him on as the full-time youth minister. Garry served in that role until 2005, when he and his wife, Heather, felt the call to serve as the youth minister at Durant, FBC.

Garry and Heather were married in December of 2002 after meeting at Northwestern and serving together in various leadership positions at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry in Alva, OK. They served in Durant for almost ten years, and it was in that time that they had all four of their children – Haley (2006), Reeselyn (2008), Brynlee (2010), and Garrison (2011). It was also during those years in Durant that God began to give Garry a strong desire to serve as the pastor of a local church.

A few years later that passion and calling received a specific assignment as God called him back to Cherokee, FBC as pastor in 2015 and ultimately back to Durant, FBC as pastor in July of 2019.

Garry was saved as a child in Enid, OK, and then later connected to Garber, FBC as a high school student. He became active at Alva, FBC as a college student and that is where God began to give him a desire to serve in ministry leadership. After serving in Cherokee, OK as the full-time youth minister for a few years, Garry began seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated from there in 2007.

He has a strong desire to walk beside people through the struggles of life and encourage them along the way. He looks forward to the preparation and preaching of God’s Word each week. He also enjoys playing and watching sports, leading worship, and spending time with his family.

Breakouts Lead By:

Coach Tee

Oklahoma Baptists Evangelism & Apologetics Ministry Partner

Tom Gragg

Pastor, Little Axe, First

Featured Demonstrations and Activities:

Archery Competitions, Skeet Shooting, Trout Fishing, Car Show, Disaster Relief Demonstration, 5K Run, Cornhole, Dodgeball Tournament, Steve Wood, Meat Smoking, and much more!

A full schedule of featured demonstrations and activities with locations will be posted before the retreat!

Men’s Retreat Menu:

Friday Lunch

Provided by Oklahoma Baptists Disaster Relief – Sub Ham or Turkey Sandwich, Chips, Brownie, Bottled Water

Friday Dinner

Roast Beef, Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, Bread, Bottled Water

Saturday Breakfast

Biscuits & Gravy, Sausage, Pastry, Juice & Coffee

Worship:

Grant Adams, Worship Leader

Edmond, North Pointe

Lodging Not Included

Churches will need to make their own lodging arrangements.  Consider calling the cabin owner your youth uses in the summer.  You may also contact cabin owners to see if they are offering beds for $10 – $25 each.

Venue

Falls Creek Conference Center
6714 OK-77D Davis, OK 73030

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MEN’S RETREAT

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MEN’S RETREAT

If there is a question you do not see answered here, please shoot us an e-mail with the form located below and we’ll get back with you as soon as possible.

REGISTRATION ANSWERS

Q: How do I register?

A: Registration is open between February and three weeks prior to the retreat. When registration opens, you will be able to register through our website www.oklahomabaptists.org/men/retreat

Q: I am the group leader for my church. Can you provide me with a list of those who have registered with my church?

A. Absolutely! Email us at cprice@oklahomabaptists.org or rewired@oklahomabaptists.org to receive a list!

Q: Who can attend Rewired?

A: Men ages 18+.

A: Young Men ages 14-17 when accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Q: I am a youth leader, may I bring my students?

A: The short answer is no. Students ages 14-17 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Q: Can my 13 year-old come?

A: No. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed to attend the Men’s Retreat at Falls Creek. Some of the presentations given at the retreat may not be suitable for children under the age of 14 and Falls Creek will not be providing staff to properly supervise children on the grounds of Falls Creek. If you bring a student 13 years old or younger you will be asked to leave Falls Creek.

Q: May I bring my grandson?

A: That depends on their age. Boys 13 years old and younger cannot attend the Men’s Retreat. Students 14-17 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. If they are 18+, YES, they can attend! Otherwise, you will be asked to leave Falls Creek.

Q: What is included in my Retreat registration?

A: Your registration fee includes all meals included in the schedule, activities, program sessions, all breakouts, program guide, and event wristband.

Q: Is there a printed registration form for the conference?

A: No. In order for us to communicate effectively with those who attend, we require all registrations to be submitted electronically using our online registration form.

If you are a church wishing to register a group of 10 or more men, please see the next answer.

Q: If I want to register a large group of guys, can I register and pay for them at the same time?

A: YES! It will be necessary for you to obtain everyone’s personal information BEFORE registering your group online. Follow the instructions when registering as you will need to list each person’s name under yours, pay, and submit.

If you or your church is registering as a group please be advised: Children 14-17 years old may attend but must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, not a grandparent, uncle, youth minister, pastor, or any other adult. Any minor not accompanied by their parent or legal guardian will be asked to leave Falls Creek. Refer to question page 1 – Can my 13 year old come?

Q: What if I register and then cannot attend Rewired? Will I get my money back?

A: Registration is non-refundable. However, you may transfer your registration to another person who wants to attend the same year. Simply have them give their name at registration.

Q: Are there any discounts or scholarships offered?

A. We are unable to offer scholarships through our office but encourage those seeking financial assistance to contact their church or what church they are coming with if they do not have a church home.

LODGING ANSWERS

Q: Where do I sleep? What are the lodging arrangements?

Your registration does not include lodging at one of the Falls Creek dorm-style cabins. Churches will need to make their own lodging arrangements. Consider calling the cabin owner your youth uses in the summer. You may also contact cabin owners to see if they are offering beds for rent. Information for cabin owners can be found on Falls Creek’s website at fallscreek.org.

Cabins at Falls Creek: “Cabins” are the primary lodging at Falls Creek Conference Center. Sleeping inside cabins consists of dormitory-style bunks. We have included pictures of some of the dorms inside several cabins at Falls Creek. You will need to bring your own bedding – sheets, blanket, pillow, sleeping bag… whatever you prefer.

**If you would like to stay in a hotel on or off campus that is an additional cost for which you are responsible and must make those arrangements on your own. There are several options in Davis, Oklahoma. For information about staying at the hotels/lodges at Falls Creek, call 580-369-2101.

Q: Do we have to rent a cabin?

A: Yes, if your church does not own a cabin. Your registration does not include lodging at one of the Falls Creek dorm-style cabins. Churches will need to make their own lodging arrangements. Consider calling the cabin owner your youth uses in the summer. You may also contact cabin owners to see if they are offering beds for rent.

Q: Can I stay in a cabin with my friends, family, guys from my church, etc? 

A: Yes! Check with your church.

Q: Can I stay in one of the hotels at Falls Creek?

A: Yes. But that will be an additional charge and you must make those arrangements yourself. Call Falls Creek Conference Center at 580-369-2101 to make your arrangements.

FOOD/MEALS ANSWERS

Q: Are meals provided? 

A: If a meal is listed on the schedule, it will be provided at Retreat. 

Q: If I bring my own food or do not stay in a cabin, can I get a discount? 

A: No. These are part of the total package of Retreat. If you choose to do something separate for food or lodging, that is your choice and will not change the registration price.

Q: Will there be a place for me to purchase snacks or drinks between meals?

A: Yes. Falls Creek Conference Center has concessions (including coffee & beverages) available in the 1917 Café/Gift Shop in Centennial Plaza. See the schedule for open times. There is also an ATM available inside the same building.

OTHER IMPORTANT ANSWERS

Q: What do I pack for Retreat?

A: Pack what you would normally pack when you take an overnight trip. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring your own bedding – sheets, blanket, pillow, sleeping bag… whatever you prefer.

Q: Can I come for just one day? 

A: On the day of the retreat, we will have day passes that cost $50. You will register when you arrive at the Retreat. Just let the person registering you know you will only be there for one day.

Q: I have to drive a long way. Can I come on Thursday night? 

A: The simple answer is yes. 

However, there are no activities (i.e., basketball, zipline, fishing) or food available for you. If you arrive on Thursday, you are on your own. 

If arriving on Thursday you will need to have secured your own lodging rather it be in a cabin, Falls Creek Hotel, or a hotel in Davis as we do not provide lodging. Contact the cabin owner for the rental of beds at fallscreek.org. Contact Falls Creek at 580-369-2101 for a hotel room on the grounds. There will also be an additional $5 per person fee for arriving Thursday. Friday’s $5 per person fee is included in the amount when registering.

Q: What if have more questions?

A: Give us a call or shoot us an email. Be patient, we will get back to you as soon as possible!

ON CAMPUS

Q: Can I bring a backpack or bag to the main sessions?

A: If you need to bring a bag or backpack, please be prepared for it to be inspected when you enter the building.

Q: Can I bring my own golf cart, ATV, etc. to drive at Falls Creek.

A: As much fun as those sounds, sorry, no you cannot. The insurance company will not allow it.

Q: Can I bring my service animal to Falls Creek?

A: Service dogs are permitted at Falls Creek but must be always wearing their service vests and on a leash. Service dogs must meet the description as set forth by ADA guidelines (found HERE). Please indicate during online registration that you plan to bring your service animal. This will assist us in making sure that all parties are comfortable during your stay.

Q: Can I bring my own gun or bow?

A: Nope. No firearms or weapons are allowed on the Falls Creek grounds. We have security that will be present 24/7. You should also leave your nunchakus and throwing stars at home too.

Q: What can I do if I have a physical disability?

A: You will need to let your church know so they can assist you with lodging needs. Falls Creek does have a few hotel rooms for the handicapped 580-369-2101.

Q: Will there be t-shirts to purchase at Retreat?

A: Yes. We will sell t-shirts at the conference. Cash, check & credit/debit cards will be accepted. Merchandise will be sold at the 1917 Café/Gift Shop in Centennial Plaza at Falls Creek.

Q: What is there to do while at Retreat?

A: In short, a whole lot. Not including the main & breakout sessions, we have planned numerous pre-retreat activities and demonstrations on Friday. Each year we choose new activities and demonstrations, so check out the list when registration is open.

MAPS & DIRECTIONS

Q: How do I get to Falls Creek?

Whether you are traveling north or south on I-35, you will take EXIT 51 at Davis, Oklahoma.

  • NORTH: If you exit from the north, you will drive directly across Hwy 77 beside the Fried Pies place. 
  • SOUTH: If you exit from the south, you will turn left onto Hwy 77 and turn left beside the Fried Pies place.

From there, you will travel to the stop sign and continue across Honey Creek, under I-35 and continue along the winding Hwy 77D to the North Entrance of Falls Creek. There you will be greeted by volunteers who will give instructions on parking and registration/check-in.

If you are using your smartphone or other guided mapping system, type in Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center.
The physical address is 6714 OK-77D, Davis, OK 73030

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