About Houston

People might know it as Beyoncé’s hometown, others as the world hub of the energy industry, some for its prominence as the flight control center for all of NASA’s manned space missions, but we know it best as the host city for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering! We also know Houston to be a diverse, multicultural metropolis with thriving performing arts and culinary scenes, over 55,000 acres of green space, large and growing international community, and so much more.

Houston Skyline Beautiful Downtown Houston
NRG Stadium NRG Stadium located outside of downtown Houston.

Gathering programming will take place in three main venues, NRG Stadium. NRG Arena and NRG Center, located just outside of downtown Houston in the entertainment complex known as NRG Park, a convention and sports entertainment complex.

Check out the Visit Houston website for more information about our host city from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Houston Facts

  • 4th most populous city in the US.
  • Most diverse US metropolitan region in the US, surpassing New York City.
  • If Houston were an independent nation, it would rank as the world’s 30th largest economy.
  • Six flags over Texas refers to the flags of Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, the United States, the Confederate States of America and back to the United States after the civil war.
  • More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the metropolitan region.
  • 92 countries have consular offices in Houston, the most outside of Washington DC.
  • At 655 square miles, Houston could fit the cities of New York, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Miami all within its borders.
  • Nearly a quarter of Houstonians are between 5 and 19 years old, making it one the “youngest” cities in the US.

About TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod:

The people and congregations of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod will once again serve as hosts for the ELCA Youth Gathering. We are excited to be returning, having received incredible hospitality during the three previous Gatherings held in the synod (New Orleans 2012, 2009, 1997). Watch the welcome message above from The Rev. Michael Rinehart, Bishop of the TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod.