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Efrem Smith

pastor, consultant,
motivational speaker, and author.


Efrem Smith is a pastor, consultant, motivational speaker, and author. He is passionate about life transformation, racial righteousness, thriving churches, and community development.

Efrem Smith was the founding pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church, a multi-ethnic church in Minneapolis, MN, He also co-founded and was President of The Sanctuary Community Development Corporation.  Efrem served as the Superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, providing leadership to 160 churches within California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and Utah. He also served as the President and CEO of World Impact, an urban missions organization committed to empowering urban leaders and planting churches in under-resourced communities. Currently, he is the Co-lead Pastor of Bayside Church Midtown, a thriving and multi-ethnic community in Sacramento, California.

As an internationally recognized preacher, he has spoken for organizations and events such as Athletes in Action, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth Specialties, Compassion International, the Urban Youth Workers Institute, and Thrive. 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. Efrem has received many awards such as the Role Model Award from the Hennepin County Community Coalition and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Saint John's University. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.




Consultant and associate certified Coach


As co-owner and leadership coach of Influential LLC, Donecia is called to assist individuals, groups and corporations in cultivating ideas and making them a reality.

Donecia brings a wealth of expertise as both an inspirational coach and professional consultant. She has over 20 years of experience working in both secondary and higher education as an Advisor and College and Career Coordinator, helping young adults determine their career next steps.  She has also worked as a fitness and nutrition coach and Zumba instructor. Her desire is to see you live live purposefully, and to thrive in mind, body, and spirit.

Donecia and her husband Efrem founded and planted Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she helped to equip church leaders and served as Women’s Ministry Coordinator.
Donecia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN, a Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Family Life Education from Concordia University, and is an Associate Certified Coach.

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