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State of the City 2018

First Presbyterian Church is pleased to host the third annual State of the City Symposium on Friday evening, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 2018.  

The focus of this year’s Symposium will be on poverty and the crisis of homelessness evident throughout Houston.  There is much confusion by the average citizen on what is the best way to respond…don’t give money, give food, don’t respond to panhandling, show compassion, direct to ministries, ignore them….   How have other cities successfully responded to these challenges?  Is there a solution? 

 Childcare is available; requires registration through the link above.  


*New This Year* State of the City--Kids!: A Young Citizens Academy 

 Join us on March 2nd and 3rd for State of the City--Kids!: A Young Citizen's Academy running concurrently with the all-church conference, State of the City

Our Kindergarten-5th graders will practice valuable character lessons on Friday, March 2nd 6:30pm-8:30pm (bring $5 for pizza) and on Saturday, March 3rd 8:30am-noon. These dynamic two days will include crafts, games, science activities and stories for hands-on learning and practicing responsibility, integrity, compassion and respect. Reach out to Katie at khill@fpchouston.org with questions. 


Friday, March 2

6:30pm | Registration check-in and refreshments

7:00-8:30pm | Keynote Presentation and Q&A

Paul Hobby will provide an overview of the current state of Houston from his multi-faceted business and philanthropic perspective as a native born Houstonian. 

8:30-9:00pm | Resource Area Open 

Saturday, March 3

8:30am | Continental Breakfast

9:00am–12:00pm | Presentations and Q&A

Marc Eichenbaum, Special Assistant to the Mayor for Homless Initiatives will present first, followed by 
- Hank Rush, President and CEO of the Star of Hope Mission and Richard Logan, Founder, President, and CEO of Attack Poverty, providing his unique niche response to poverty and resulting homelessness, and finishing with 
- Kevin Palau, President of the Palau Association and son of evangelist Luis Palau, offering the possibilities of transformation for our city by sharing stories and examples of other cities which he has seen first- hand in ministry through the years. 

12:15pm | Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Symposium 

12:15-1pm | Palm Court | Resource Area Open

2018 Speakers 

Paul Hobby
Mr. Hobby is the Managing Partner of Genesis Park, L.P. and the Chief Executive Of cer for Texas Monthly. Paul is former Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Texas Ethics Commission, the Texas General Services Commission, and The Texas Business Hall of Fame.

Marc Eichenbaum
Marc Eichenbaum serves as the Special Assistant to the Mayor for Homeless Initiatives. Appointed by two administrations, Marc manages the City’s involvement in The Way Home, Houston’s nationally recognized homeless housing initiative.

Richard Logan
Richard is President and CEO of Attack Poverty. He has over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience and seven-plus years experience of community development work in under-resourced communities in the U.S. and Africa. He is currently working on a book about the Church’s best response to poverty.

Kevin Palau
Kevin is the son of international evangelist Luis Palau. He joined the Luis Palau Association in 1985. Under his leadership, LPA has produced some of the largest Christian events ever staged, created a worldwide network of hundreds of partner evangelists, and developed new models for citywide outreach.

Hank Rush
Hank has served as Star of Hope’s President and CEO since 2008. He has been engaged in the Houston business and civic community for the past 40 years. He has served in successive management positions in three Houston based Fortune 500 corporations. 


The vision for the State of the Symposium is to provide FPC members, ministry partners and the surrounding community an opportunity to learn about the  challenges facing our city and how we, as the Church, can and should best respond.  

To view presentations from State of the City 2016,  2017, or other FPC Conferences, visit the messages page here and scroll to your desired event.