Thursday, September 29, 2022

Crosspoint Church-Bellaire
4601 Bellaire Blvd.
Bellaire, TX 77401

CityRise is excited to announce our network’s second annual Leadership Conference, Raise the Sails!

While we collectively pray for the wind of the Holy Spirit to sweep across our ministries and our city, we will raise the sails by faith to move forward in step with God’s great design and desire.

Our conference is designed to encourage the leaders in our network and to equip us for the next leg of our journey.

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Lunch and networking opportunities with 30+ partner organizations and no registration fee!
(But please register below.)

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Roger Patterson CityRise Senior Pastor & Founder of the CityRise Network

Dr. Roger Patterson is the Senior Pastor for CityRise, a network of churches and ministries committed to lifting our city and the world by generously giving the gospel of Jesus Christ. CityRise includes campuses in and around the greater Houston area. He has held the role of Senior Pastor since 2010.

Roger graduated from Houston Baptist University in 1995 with a degree in Speech Communication and Christianity and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity in 1998 and Doctor of Ministry Degree in 2006. With over fifteen years of experience in the subordinate leadership role in the local church, Roger coauthored Leading from the Second Chair with his friend and colleague Mike Bonem. Roger has extensive experience in training other leaders, whether they are in the first or second chair, to understand the dynamics of what it looks like to lead and to follow.

Roger is also the author of Fight for It and A Minute of Vision for Men, a 365-day devotional guide aimed at bolstering men’s lives by helping them determine God’s vision and purpose for their lives.

Roger and his wife, Julee, have been married for twenty-six years and have three children: Brady, Cooper, and Carson. Roger loves to coach his kids’ sports teams, play golf, hunt, and spend time with his family.

Pastor David Hill Pastor of Restoration Community Church

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David came to Houston to attend Texas Southern University, where he graduated in 1996 with a degree in public affairs and criminal justice. Upon graduation, David was employed as a juvenile probation officer while also serving as a youth pastor in his local church in the third ward. David married to his college sweetheart, Melissa, in 1997, and two years later they left Houston in what became a five-year mission trip where they served and ministered in inner city communities in Chicago, Atlanta, and Jackson, Mississippi.

When the Hill family returned to Houston in 2004, David continued serving as an elder and associate minister in his local church in the third ward. David has always had a heart for teenagers and young adults and was excited to join Agape Ministries in 2006 part-time and then on a full-time basis in 2008 as Director of Programs. David and Melissa now have four children: Asni, David, Journey, and Grace.

In 2010 David and a small group of community members began gathering on Sundays with a vision to rebuild and restore the lives of individuals and families in their community through the gospel. David has served as Pastor of Restoration Community Church in Houston since it launched in 2012.

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Brandon Baca CEO of Attack Poverty

Brandon Baca is a non-profit visionary leader with strong entrepreneurial and organizational skills. He enjoys collaborative partnerships, ground level community-based development, telling stories of life change, and being a catalyst for transformation. Over the past 25+ years, he has gained experience through full-time work in the university setting, as a pastor, and with local and international nonprofits.

A graduate of Houston Baptist University with a degree in Communication and Christianity, Brandon continues to serve in multiple capacities with his community as a youth mentor, nonprofit consultant, executive coach, and on the board of other networks and nonprofits including Texas Christian Community Development Network and Fort Bend History Association. Previously, He served on the HBU Alumni Association Board as well as a founding member of Fort Bend Recovers, a long-term recovery network of collaborative organizations and agencies in Fort Bend County. Brandon was recently awarded the Community Builder.

Currently, Brandon leads Attack Poverty as the Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he provides vision, and leadership and guides the development and implementation of strategic operational objectives alongside board leadership.

Brandon is a native Texan from Fort Bend County and has been married to his wife, Sarah Beth, for twenty-two years; they have three children living in Richmond, Texas.

William Vanderbloemen CEO & Founder of Vanderbloemen Christian Executive Search Firm

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William Vanderbloemen was a pastor for fifteen years and is now CEO & Founder of Vanderbloemen, an executive search firm. William started Vanderbloemen because he understands that when your team isn’t whole it disrupts your mission. 

He has combined his ministry experience as a senior pastor with the best practices of executive search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search to complete your team. Vanderbloemen has staffed over 2,500 missions of faith.

William is the author of Next: Pastoral Succession That Works, Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook, and Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible WorkplaceHe is also a regular contributor to several major publications including Forbes (where he covers topics about having a strong faith and building a business), Fortune, and Outreach Magazine. He has also been published through Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.

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Charny Beck STCH Ministries Family Counseling, Houston Office Director

Charny became the Regional Director of Family Counseling for the Houston area in September of 2016. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Supervisor. Charny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Baylor University and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her certification as an Educational Diagnostician from the University of Houston. Charny is currently a doctoral student at Regent University in Counselor Education and Supervision. 

At STCH Ministries, Charny spends most of her time counseling clients with trauma, marriage counseling, infidelity work, women’s issues, anxiety, depression, and grief with adults. Charny is an EMDR-trained clinician. She is also trained in Pia Melody’s Post Induction Model through The Meadows for work in unresolved childhood trauma. She is Level 1 and Level 2 Gottman trained, a certified Parenting with Love and Logic facilitator, and certified in Prepare/Enrich and SYMBIS facilitation.

Being the wife to a pastor and church planter, Charny works with pastors and spouses in all areas of burn-out and church hurt.