March 17th-18, 2017
First Presbyterian Church

Fresno City Summit 2017 recognizes that the church of Fresno is in a dire need for a fresh vision of hope and unity. We long for a city where all people regardless of their race, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc are given access to the life-changing hope and implications of a Jesus-centered community in their neighborhood.

City Summit is in its 10th year. Yes. 10th year! The theme for City Summit 2017 is, “Testify: Past, Present, Possibilities.” We will root our conference in the Biblical text of Joshua 4. Joshua 4 challenges us to make sure we reflect on the past 10 years to celebrate what God has done but to also remember that he will guide us into the future.

Who We Are

City Summit is an open collaborative project that is all volunteer ran. We come from diverse churches, businesses and non-profits across our city. We believe in what God is doing and we want to invite others to taste and see!

What We Do

City Summit is an annual conference that exists to expose and connect a new generation to the work of Christian Community Development in Fresno and our nation.

Why Should You Come?

We believe you got to hold on for what you are going to experience. City Summit is going to connect, inspire and equip you to seek the peace and prosperity of your city!

Featured Speaker

Noel Castellanos

Chief Executive Officer of CCDA

Breakout Speakers


Day 1
17 Mar 2017
Day 2
18 Mar 2017


Noel Castellanos

Main Session

Community Chat over Cupcakes and Coffee

Continental Breakfast

Breakouts: Session 1

Randy White

Owning the Pond: Non-Charity Approaches to Poverty Alleviation

Dr. Melanie A. Howard
Grace Spencer
Wasan Abu-Baker
Noel Castellanos

What the Heck is Christian Community Development (CCD)?

Lisa Rodriguez-Watson

Welcoming the Stranger

11:10 am - 11:30 am


Breakouts: Session 2

Lauren Dolarian, MFT

Mental Health and the Church

Garold Elston
Todd Minturn

Tending the Soul of the Urban Worker

Phil Skei
Monika Grasley

They do have gifts! Seeing your neighbor as created in God’s Image

Matt Strmiska

Why profit is a good thing?

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Noel Castellanos

Networking Groups

Addie Carr

Real Talk about Jobs & Money

Lisa Rodriguez-Watson

Women in Ministry

Christa Wiens

Human Trafficking

Main Session

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First Presbyterian Church
1540 M St, Fresno, CA 93721