Join us for three days away to connect with
yourself, other guys, and with God.
Take some time to get away from your routine, meet some other guys, do some things that men like to do, talk about life, maybe grab some R&R, and return home having learned something new about yourself, others, and God.
A Unique Location
Unlike other events that take place in a megachurch or hotel conference center, MANTIME is held on the private 12 acre homestead owned by Chad & Myquillyn Smith. Having moved 14 times in 20 years of marriage Chad & Myquillyn finally realized their dream to move out from the ‘burbs and own property that would be used to welcome folks from all over and encourage them in their life and home. Chad has experience in 3 different careers- church ministry, education, and business- and now devotes full time to the property. Myquillyn, aka The Nester, is a blogger and author of The Nesting Place. Their property is in Midland, NC just 40 minutes east of Uptown Charlotte. The property was formerly the Rocky River Sawmill and together they converted an old barn into a picturesque meeting place where the events are held. The entire property is conducive for quiet conversations and long walks. It also has an acre pond, huge fire pit, and a 300′ long zipline. Along with their 3 teenage boys, Jack the chocolate Lab, 2 cats, and multiple chickens they strive to live a vibrant, yet purposeful lifestyle.
A Unique Approach
Quite honestly, MANTIME was born out of frustration. Throughout the years of attending multiple men’s retreats and conferences Chad felt there was a void that these events lacked. Fine as they are, they were not meeting a need which he felt so many men desired…a smaller, more engaging, honest experience. A place where guys could be themselves and have time to rest and slow down without being shuffled from one scheduled thing to another. He desired an environment where men could be encouraged and challenged with grace without being pressured, condemned, or preached at. Couple that with a rural farm setting that allows the outdoors to be the perfect backdrop to the weekend. It’s a simple idea…show up, meet some new friends, relax, eat well, and be willing to reflect on your life…that’s it! What started as a one-day event eventually evolved to this 3 day event we have every Spring. At the inaugural MANTIME we were honored to have Dr. John Sowers, author of The Heroic Path and President of The Mentoring Project, to be our speaker. Since then, the message of his book has served as a framework for MANTIME’s ideals. Our desire is that men recognize the awesome responsibility and privilege to be Godly men in today’s culture.
The MANTIME Experience
Fire PitHow could we have a guys weekend without a fire? A campfire has this effect of drawing people around it. It’s relaxing and usually incites both light-hearted and deep discussions. Both are welcome and encouraged this weekend!
Pow WowsAll men need to be encouraged and challenged. But we also like to chime in with our own perspective and opinion. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage in some relative issues about being a man in this culture. Whether it’s light-hearted sharing about hobbies or interests or more reflective sharing the challenges facing men, you’ll feel free to engage as you feel comfortable.
R & RWe men work hard…many of us too much. Maybe you need some R&R. Maybe you need to let loose and have some fun. You’ll have a chance to “treat yo’ self”. Chill out in a quiet place, go on a stroll, or participate in some cool activities…it’s your choice.
Shut-EyeSince this is not a conference center most guys pitch a tent, others hang an ENO nest, a few take advantage of their truck beds. Whether you want to be under roof or out under the stars the choice is yours. If you’re unable to bring a tent or sleeping bag just let us know ahead of time and we’ll do our best to accommodate. If you prefer something more refined, we can suggest a selection of local hotels at an additional cost.
The MANTIME Schedule
Thursday, April 14
- 2-5pm: Shuttle available from Airport
- 5pm: Welcome & Dinner
6pm: Pow Wow 1
8pm: Campfire & Connection
Friday, April 15
- 8am: Breakfast
- 9am: Pow Wow 2
- 12pm: Lunch
- 1pm: Free Time
- 5pm: BBQ Feast
- 6pm: Beer & Hymns (yep, that’s right)
- 7pm: Pow Wow 3
9pm: Campfire & Connection
Saturday, April 16
- 9am: Breakfast
- 10am: Pow Wow 4
- 12pm: Closing Challenges
- 12:30pm: Pack up & Shuttle to Airport
1pm: **An unofficial Lunch offsite will be coordinated at your expense**
The MANTIME Speakers
Tim WillardTim is a Creative consultant and freelance writer. He serves as Spiritual Director for the Praxis Nonprofit Accelerator and is the author of several books including Longing For More, a devotional of daily reflections on finding God in the rhythms of life. He is a PhD candidate at King’s College London and lived in Oxford, England until recently returning to the US. Tim now resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and 3 daughters and enjoys mountain biking, coffee, and scratching poetry.
Greg TeSelleA graduate of University of Maryland, Greg has a lifetime of experience in leading people. He has over 20+ years of ministry both in and out of the church setting. For the last 5 years he has been the VP of Operations at a private trading firm in Chicago, IL. A husband to Caroline for almost 20 years, together they have 4 children: Gunnar, Tygar, Stone, and Eden. Greg enjoys Harley Davidson, Mt. Dew, art, grilling meat, long-boarding, the ocean, Pappy Van Winkle, pipe smoking, and anything made by Apple.
John FreemanJohn Freeman was on a path to a career with the Waffle House family business when he graduated from the business school at Appalachian State. Instead of pursuing that path, God led him to Seminary at Columbia International University. He worked 12 years as a youth pastor and is now leading a discipleship and soul care ministry in Greensboro, NC. John enjoys tennis, fly fishing and hiking. He is married to Emily and together they have 3 children – twins Ava and Stella and son Luke. They also have a dog named Finn who is playful, stubborn, and will fetch a ball about half the time.
Mike RuschMike currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Pure Charity, a nonprofit dedicated to building world class technology solutions for Nonprofit Organizations, Individual Fundraising, and Community Advocacy. He serves on the Board of Directors for Help One Now, Kidmia Foundation, and Mercy House Global. Prior to Pure Charity, Mike worked for Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Company, Hershey Foods, and served in the US Marine Corps. Mike is a husband of 20 years, father of 4, a lover of a great story, never too far from a fly-fishing river, and in need of a tremendous amount of grace.