Pastor, Author and Speaker
Efrem Smith is a pastor, consultant, speaker, and author. He is passionate about life transformation, racial righteousness, thriving churches, and community development.
Efrem was the founding pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church, a multi-ethnic church in Minneapolis, MN, Rev. Smith served as the Superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. He also served as the President and CEO of World Impact, an urban missions organization. Currently, Rev. Smith is the Co-lead Pastor of Bayside Church Midtown, a thriving and multi-ethnic community in Sacramento, California. He is the author of Raising Up Young Heroes, The Hip Hop Church, Jump, The Post-Black and Post-White Church, and Killing Us Softly.
Efrem is a graduate of Saint John's University and Luther Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctor of ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. He is currently working to complete a doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Seminary. Efrem is married to Donecia and has two daughters, Jaeda and Mireya.
Lead Pastor and Author
Doug Bergsma is the Founder and Lead Pastor of Resurrection Life Church of Rockford, Michigan. He is the author of The Dark Side of Faith, recounting his eternal purposes through life’s journey and tragedies—pain that is well known by people in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Pastor Doug and and his wife Caryn, have seen Rockford Res grow to over 3,000 people and have partnered with City Impact. Rockford Res members including Doug’s son, Jonathan Bergsma, have since started Local Impact, an outreach center with a hyper-local focus to intervene on behalf of others through building relationships and meeting tangible needs.
San Francisco City Impact
Leaving behind his abusive home in Taiwan, Roger discovered both the American Dream and his French bride, Maite.
One early morning in 1984 after getting off the graveyard shift, Roger Huang was waiting for a tow truck in the Tenderloin. He saw a young boy being beat up by a group of bullies. Torn between intervening to help the boy and not wanting to get involved, he drove away with a heavy heart. On the way home God laid the burden on his heart, “What if that was your son being picked on?” The next morning Roger and Maite made 50 sandwiches, and went back to the Tenderloin to give them away to the homeless. He began to return again and again to the Tenderloin and San Francisco City Impact was born.
Since founding City Impact, Roger has led many in discovering the power of prayer, fasting, and serving hands-on in a community starved for hope.