Media Summit

This weekend retreat is designed for those who aspire to learn video and photography skills for the glory of God. We will have both video and photography professionals teaching techniques for these areas of media production. Come for an educational experience, as well as fellowship and spiritual challenge as it relates to media. You are welcome to bring your own equipment, but it is not required. This is going to be an awesome weekend packed with professional training and encouragement, where you will find the quality of instruction both challenging and fun.
Areas of focus: Photography and Composition, Drones in Action, Philosophy of Virtuous Art, Shooting at Night, Natural Light Photography, Time Management and Media Business, Editing, Media Resources, Portrait Photography, and Videography.
Date: TBA for 2018
Cost: $135.00   Cost to attend but not stay at the Ranch is $85.00 Bring a group of five or more, and get $15 off per person!

Nate Weatherly: A photographer from near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Nate is also a former summer staffer at Miracle Mountain Ranch. Nate is a brilliant photographer and we are very excited he will be joining us this year. You can view his work at
Tyler Capozzi: My interest in video began in high school when I took video production – a class I truly cared about. Learning the basics of shooting and editing was very enjoyable, and I quickly found I had a passion for what I was doing. I then majored in Film-Video at The Pennsylvania State University. Soon opportunities arose to shoot weddings and other projects; so I happily obliged and further refined my craft. One day, my dad happened to stumble upon a mother daughter hunting and outdoor show. Being that I enjoy hunting, outdoors, guns, and of course production, my dad passed the information onto me and I soon met them. Triple MAG was the first of its kind being the only all female all family hunting show. It was as though it was a job created specifically for me, and I still think God had something to do with it. I got to travel all over the world shooting and editing hunts with the girls – a truly unforgettable experience. I am very thankful for the opportunities I’ve had, the people I’ve worked with, and the skills I’ve been blessed with. I look forward to continuing to create captivating content.
Donnie RosieDonnie Rosie has been an entrepreneur and marketer from his youth. For the past 12 years, he has been marketing national events, producing media products, speaking, and helping businesses and organizations grow. He has a degree in Business from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and now serves at Miracle Mountain Ranch as the Marketing Director. His photography can be seen at the Painted Finch Gallery in Corry, PA. He is married to his awesome wife, Tonya, and they have three sons and one daughter.You can view his pictures here.  You can see some of his photography at
Rick CapozziSince 1991, Rick Capozzi has been delivering personal growth and development training as well as providing global marketing services. As an international speaker and consultant, his travels have taken him to South America, Mexico, Canada, Japan, throughout Western and Central Europe, and to all but 9 states in the USA. A native of Franklin, PA, Rick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication in 1985 from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He worked in sales and marketing while doing further research in numerous aspects of personal growth and development. His mission in life is to make a positive impact on the world by helping people realize and develop their true potential so they can live happily and positively impact the lives of others.
Ben KafferlinIn professional life, Ben Kafferlin manages the Warren County government in his role as Commissioner, and consults small businesses and nonprofits, along with a team of 30+ others, through his company, Kafferlin Strategies. When it comes to hobbies, though, he enjoys studying philosophical questions such as “What is beauty?” and attempts to be a landscape photographer in his “spare time.” A magnum cum laude graduate of Ashland University (Economics / Business Administration and Political Philosophy / History), he has studied Leadership at Ashland Theological Seminary, is a Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and edits books with New York Times Bestsellers such as Rick Santorum and Os Guinness.
Ben KafferlinDan Stanley graduated from the School of Discipleship as a second-year student in 2009. He then went on to earn a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Bethlehem College and Seminary before coming on staff in 2015. He currently serves as the Dean of Men.

Media Summit 2017 – Schedule

4:30–5:30 PM: Registration (Town Hall)
5:30 PM: Dinner and Welcome (Ox Yoke)

7:00 PM: Session 1: Think Before You Shoot – Daniel Stanley (Town Hall)

9:00 PM: Pizza (Ox Yoke)

8:00 AM: Breakfast
8:30 AM: Devotional – Daniel Stanley

9:00-10:30 AM: Session 2
Track A: Foundational Photography – Nate Weatherly (Town Hall)
Using film cameras to strip away all the complicated stuff and focus on the true heart of what photography is – SEEING and RECEIVING, rather than THINKING and “TAKING.” For all skill levels and fully applicable to digital, too.
Track B: Time Management – Rick Capozzi (J&R)

10:30 AM: Break

11:00 AM: Session 3
Track A: Film Cameras + Photo Walk Part I – Nate W. (Town Hall)
Track B: Making a Promo Video (Production) – Tyler C. (Wells Fargo)
Track C: Adobe Lightroom Basics – Andrew Smith (J&R)

11:30–12:30 PM: Buckboard Store Open
12:30 PM: Lunch – Ox Yoke

1:30 – 3:00 PM: Session 4
Track A: Film Camera Photo Walk Part II – Nate W. (Town Hall)
Track B: Making a Promo Video (Post-Production) – Tyler C.
Track C: How I Take Pictures – Donnie Rosie

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Keep Shooting or Develop Film with Nate Weatherly

4:00–5:30 PM: Session 5
Track A: How to Freelance – Ben Kafferlin
Track B: Scanning Film from the Walk – Nate Weatherly
Track C: Drones – Tyler Capozzi

5:00–6:00 PM: Buckboard Store Open
6:00 PM: Dinner (Ox Yoke)

6:45–7:45 PM: Panel Discussion – Town Hall
Host: Donnie Rosie with Ben Kafferlin, Rick Capozzi, Tyler Capozzi, Nate Weatherly, and Daniel Stanley

9 PM: Night Shoot

8:00 AM: Hayride to Breakfast on the Trail with Campfire Devotional

(Bring your cameras – this is a great opportunity to take photos!)