Houston was founded more than 150 years ago by the Allen brothers, frontier explorers who stood on the grassy banks of Buffalo Bayou and dreamed of what today is modern Houston.

Houston is America’s fourth-largest city, with a population of 2.09 million people located in an area more than twice the size of Rhode Island. There are almost 6 million people in the greater metropolitan area. More than 100 different ethnic groups reside in Houston’s city limits, making it one of the world’s great multi-cultural urban centers.

Houston is the headquarters for America’s manned space flight effort, capital of the international energy industry, home to the world’s largest medical center, and a showcase for contemporary commercial architecture.

Houston possesses the third highest homeless population in the nation. An estimated 15,000 homeless individuals live in shelters, abandoned buildings, in encampments, and on the streets. Among these, 1,500 are children. In the greater Houston metropolitan area, one child out of every five lives at or below the poverty level. More than 760,000 Gulf Coast residents live in poverty. 150,000 are marginally homeless—taken in by friends or family because they have nowhere else to go. An additional 250,000 are only one paycheck away from being out on the streets.

CSM has the great privilege of partnering with multiple organization and ministries who striving to make a change in Houston.

  • “CSM blends a passion for the inner-city with a heart for the youth and families who come to serve. It’s mission and service at it best.”

    Dann Spader, Founder of Sonlife Ministries
  • I LOVE the concept of the ministry, and the opportunities to engage the individual folks on the street and hear their stories were priceless!
    I know our kids will be impacted for a long time to come:)

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for a wonderful experience and for my students. I know that they not only enjoyed themselves, but has left them with some wonderful memories. Detroit is a wonderful city and is in need of more help! Thank you again for your organization and for making a difference to the people of Detroit.

    Group Leader
  • My hopes and prayers for my College group were met.  I believe,  by God’s grace,  each of us had a life-changing experience by serving together in each of the Ministry sites. It was a joy to come along-side the work God is doing in the Churches and Ministries in Nashville. Thank you again for your wisdom and friendship.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for making this a memorable trip for me. I have done a few student mission trips in the past, but none as well organized and thought out as this.

    Group Leader
  • I love CSM’s philosophy of ministry and mission. That’s why I brought a new church to you guys this past summer. I look forward to doing other trips in the future with CSM

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for being a part of our ministry and for helping our students get some perspective on serving and helping those living in poverty. I appreciated the fact that the students were given the opportunity to make and impact and to be impacted.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for having a great organization where people are given the opportunity to learn and serve those in need. Thank you for treating our group with respect and having a great host to share our experience with. God bless you all.

    Group Leader
  • “Here at the Cartel, we think it’s cool that they have year-round, long-term relationships with their ministry partners within the cities they work in. In other words their strategy is like ours…we develop long-term collaborative ministry partners within an ecosystem we call “the Cartel” and CSM does the same type of thing within the short-term missions world, developing long-term collaborative mission partnerships.

    Adam McLane, Partner at The Youth Cartel
  • I can confidently say that the CSM is doing short term mission trips as well as they can be done. The work of CSM is thoughtful, wise, symbiotic, and generative… and CSM is doing a brilliant job furthering the Kingdom of God. I am delighted to call them a partner in the revolution.

    Shane Claiborne
  • If Christians are to make an impact for the Kingdom in the 21st century, they must live out the call to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the poor and needy. CSM gives young people and adults the opportunity to do just that in North America’s inner–cities.

    Tony Campolo
Associate Director
Fransesca was born in Miami and grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Messiah College in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a minor in Music and Worship. Her first experience with CSM was on trip to Boston with her youth group the summer after high school. The following summer she worked for CSM as a City Host in Philadelphia, and has since hosted in DC as well. Fran is very excited to serve Houston and experience how God is moving in and through those living in the city.
City Director
Nate grew up in Satanta, a small town in Southwest Kansas. During his senior year of high school he felt a calling to ministry, and went on to major in Religion and Philosophy with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. It was through the Campus Ministries Spring Break Mission Trip that Nate was first introduced to CSM, and because of those experiences served as a City Host in the Summer of 2009. He finished his degree and worked as a Youth Pastor for two years and then spent the next 5 years working as an Admissions Counselor for Friends University where completed his Masters in Business. It was during his time working in Admissions that he met the love of his life - his beautiful wife Megan. They enjoy cheering on the Kansas City Royals, spending time with their two dogs Scout and Milla, and exploring the next adventure - whatever it may be! Nate is super excited to return to Houston to see God move in the lives of the people of the city and those coming to serve!