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.
Falls Creek Conference Center
Regular Registration March 8 – April 9
$90 for Adults
$75 for Students (ages 14-17)
Deadline for Registration: April 9, 2023
Experience the beautiful, sacred grounds nestled in the Arbuckle Mountains where thousands have answered God’s call for more than 100 years. Escape the routine and demands of life to connect with the Lord and fellowship with one another.
- Live worship and teaching
- Three Meals: Friday Lunch and Dinner, Saturday Breakfast
- Recreation/Demonstrations: Various types throughout the campus (program guide will have a list)
Students 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.
*Lodging not included.
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.
9:30am – 3:00pm 1917 Café & Gift Shop Open
9:00am – 8:00pm Registration – Tabernacle, North Decision Room
10:00am – 12:00pm Activities
12:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch / Activities
2:00pm – 4:00pm Main Demonstrations / Activities
4:00pm – 5:30pm Feature Demonstrations
5:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm – 9:00pm Main Session #1 – Joe Ligon
9:30pm – 10:30pm 1917 Café & Gift Open
9:00pm – 11:00pm Debrief / Cabin Time
5:30am – 10:00am 1917 Café & Gift Shop Open
6:00am – 8:00am Breakfast / Early Competitions
7:00am – 9:00am Main Competitions / Demonstrations
8:00am – 10:00am Registration – Tabernacle, North Decision Room
10:00am – 12:00pm Main Session #2 – Michael McDaniel
Featured Activities and Demonstrations
Jimmy Houston, pro bass angler and TV host
Lew Sterrett, professional horse trainer, certified youth/family counselor, licensed pastor, and successful business executive of Sermon on the Mount.
Ray Banfield, chainsaw demonstration/carver
Mike King, FMX rider/stunt rider/evangelist
Oklahoma Axe Factory, mobile axe throwing
Smokey Hurst Duck, dog demonstration
Sportsman for Christ, archery competition
Wildlife Department, skeet shooting
Steve Wood, meat smoker
Show N Shine – Faith Riders, Motorcycle ride Saturday morning
Meet at the tabernacle at 7:50am and depart for a short ride at 8am returning shortly after 9am
Upon return awarding prizes to contestants:
- Oldest bike present
- Participant who rode the furthest to get there
MC - Owner of Final Descent Outdoors
Brad grew up in a tiny town in western Oklahoma where hunting and fishing was a way of life. However, Brad didn’t give his life to Christ until he was a sophomore in high school. The Lord called Brad into youth ministry and for the last twelve years, Brad served in Oklahoma as a youth pastor as a licensed and ordained minister. Brad used his love for the outdoors to minister to students as well as others. Brad founded Final Descent Outdoors as an outreach in his church. It grew from that into a national TV show that is in forty million homes in North America. Brad, his wife April, and four children Matthias, Ava, Josiah, and Sterling have taken a step of faith and have decided to follow the Lord and pursue Final Descent Outdoors an outdoor ministry full time. Brad also authors bible studies and other material for the outdoorsman.
Speaker - Sr. Associate Executive Director of Oklahoma Baptists
Joe Ligon will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t deserve to be where he is. He grew up in Seminole County in Oklahoma. He didn’t grow up going to church (at all). But he did grow up with a notion that he wanted to be a school teacher.
Joe completed his degree at East Central University and received his first teaching job at Konawa, OK. He had accomplished his life’s goal but felt quite unfulfilled. It wasn’t long, that as a 22 year old man, Joe was saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Within a year, Joe had accepted the Lord’s call on his life to serve in ministry. He would spend the next 19 years in various roles in public education even as he served in a variety of bi-vocational positions in several churches in Oklahoma.
During that time, Joe met and married the love of his life, Gayla. They have two sons: Andrew who works in computer programming; and, Aaron who works in the construction industry. Both boys were married in 2017.
In 1999, First Baptist Marlow called Joe to be their senior pastor. It was his first full-time ministry position. The church allowed him to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he would earn a Doctor of Educational Ministry.
Over the years that Joe served at First Baptist Marlow, the church grew, was active on the mission field, was very involved in local ministry projects, helped plant churches in Phoenix, Arizona, expanded facilities, and launched two satellite campuses.
Joe has a heart for churches and the pastors that serve them. He is particularly passionate about trying to encourage pastors that serve in the small towns and rural areas of our state. And he continues to focus on learning to be a better leader.
God has given Joe many opportunities to serve in his community, his association, his state convention, and, even the Southern Baptist Convention. In fact, in March 2019, Joe resigned his position at First Baptist Marlow and took on the position of Senior Associate Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. In this new role, he gets to work with the great men and women of the convention to encourage even more pastors and help even more Oklahoma Southern Baptist churches.
Joe will be the first to tell you that all of this has nothing to do with his abilities. It is all about the amazing, marvelous grace of a great God who has chosen to bless him.
Reverend Michael M. McDaniel
Rev. Michael M. McDaniel is Pastor of the Northeast Missionary Baptist Church (NMBC) located in Forest Park, Oklahoma. During his fourteen years as Shepherd of NMBC, God has given Rev. McDaniel a vibrant vision for the church that is centered on worship and optimizing the gifts and talents of all the ministries and members.
Rev. McDaniel began his ministerial journey in 1993 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Kim Brown. Soon after, he united with Tabitha Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. J. L. Mitchell, where he received his license to preach the Gospel in 1994. In 2002, he became ordained at the St. Andrew Church in Tulsa, OK, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Bertrand M. Bailey, Sr. He went on to serve as Pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Muskogee. During that time, he also worked as the Associate Athletic Director of Academics at Oral Roberts University for ten years.
Pastor McDaniel earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma in 1997 and a master’s degree in Public School Administration from Oral Roberts University. He is a graduate of John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he developed into an outstanding student athlete. He competed and excelled in football, basketball, and track. As a result of his successful athletic career, Rev. McDaniel earned a full football scholarship at the University of Oklahoma where he received several awards which included: Honorable Mention All Big-8, All Big-12 Conference Wide Receiver, and the recipient of the Don Key Award. Rev. McDaniel was later picked up by the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent.
Rev. McDaniel has been privileged to serve in various capacities. He currently serves as Oklahoma Baptist State Convention Congress President, Omega Psi Phi Eta Iota Chapter Chaplain, First Tee Board member, and Metro Tech Foundation Board member. He was also the recipient of the 2022 John A. Reed, Jr. Spirit of the Community Award and the 2022 Juneteenth Music & Arts Festival Rita Washington Soul Awakening Public Servant of the Year Award.
In the spring of 2021, Pastor McDaniel added the title of author to his list of accomplishments when published his book Things I Think You Ought to Know: From a Father to His Son. The book is a devotional that provides 27 guiding principles for cultivating deeper relationships between fathers and their sons.
Pastor McDaniel met and married Dr. Kartina McDaniel in 1994. The McDaniel’s are the proud parents of three children: Tevin, Jaden, and Leeya.
Speaker - Worship Pastor at Coweta, Community
For the past four years I have had the privilege to serve as the Worship Pastor at Community Baptist in Coweta, OK. My greatest honor has been being married to my wife of five years, Alix. Together we have the most incredible daughters, Georgia, and Norah. I love spending time with my family and friends, drinking all the coffee, and rooting for my Chicago Cubs. My prayer for worship is that we would know God truly and out of the overflow of our heart, respond to him for who He is and what he has done for us. “Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16.
2023 Men’s Retreat Shirt
You can pre-order your shirt during registration and pick it up at Falls Creek when you check-in for the retreat.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back with you as soon as possible.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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! (405)942-3800 x4389, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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