Learn by doing through horsemanship clinics, hands-on teaching, and in the saddle training. Bring your own horse or use a horse from Paradise Ranch



Be challenged and equipped with presentations from Dr. Lew Sterrett and Chad Coppess. Experience training that is engaging, informative, and fun.



Your registration fee covers lodging at Paradise Ranch, meals, all training sessions, and boarding for your horse for 3 days (if you need it!)

Conference Headline Speakers

Dr. Lew Sterrett

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From growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania and getting involved in 4-H at age 8, to attending Penn State University and majoring in the animal industry field, Dr. Lew Sterrett had many opportunities to learn from qualified trainers and educators. During his University years, he was confronted with his need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. After his graduation, he later went to earn his Master’s Degree in Divinity and his Doctorate in Leadership Training.

Throughout his lifetime Dr. Lew has been passionate about Biblical leadership development, especially when using horses as a ministry tool. He has served as a director of a major camp and conference center, a founder of a discipleship school, a former president of CHA (a horsemanship instructor safety certification program) and as a certified youth, marriage, and family counselor.

Chad Coppess

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Chad currently serves as the Program Administrator at Grace Adventures. His 20+ years of professional horse experience includes horse training, mounted police, outfitting, Christian ranch camps, and treatment programs for delinquent youth. Chad is passionate about seeing people develop and grow to reach their full potential in which they were created to be.

Chad has served on the CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) board of directors as Vice President. He is also a certified wilderness guide and assistant trail clinic instructor. Other affiliations include membership with the Michigan Horse Council and as an AQHA Professional Horseman.

As founder of Cross Training Horsemanship, Chad travels teaching healthy relationship principles and character development to audiences while training horses. Chad has also published numerous articles, has conducted various clinics, and presents at multiple conferences, workshops, and trade shows.

September 4-6, 2018

The Sermon On The Mount Regional Conference is for horse professionals, camp ministry professionals, and horse ranch managers to be equipped, challenged, and encouraged in their ministry and lives.

Through horsemanship clinics, powerful demonstrations, and dynamic speakers, the Sermon On The Mount Regional Conference is the perfect way to gain useful tools for your workplace and network with other horse professionals.


All-Inclusive Conference

$699 per person

Includes Lodging, Meals, and All Training Sessions

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Conference Schedule

1:30PM Check-In
2:30   Orientation
3:00   Horsemanship Ministry Overview
3:30   How to prepare a Teachable Moment
5:00   Dinner
6:00   Principle Based Training
8:00   Trail ride
9:00   Campfire Networking

7:00AM Chores
7:30   Breakfast
8:00   Devotional
8:30 – 10:30 Horsemanship Ministry Workshops
11:00- 12:15 Teachable Moment teach backs
12:30PM Lunch
1:30-4:30 Principle Based Training
5:00   Dinner
6:30   Community SOTM
8:00   Trail ride/Arena riding
9:00   Campfire Networking

7:00AM Chores
7:30   Breakfast
8:00   Devotional
8:30 – 10:30 Horsemanship Ministry Workshops
11:00- 12:15 Teachable Moment teach backs
12:30PM Lunch
1:30-4:30 Principle Based Training
5:30   Closing Dinner
7:00   Departure

Lodging Details


Lodging is provided by Grace Adventures Paradise Ranch. Guests will stay in our rustic western bunkhouses. Each bunkhouse has bunk beds for participants and a clean bathhouse is nearby. Guests must provide their own bedding. Guests may elect to bring their own campers/trailers to stay in at the conference.

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