Efrem Smith is president and CEO of World Impact. As a preacher, motivational speaker and author, Smith is internationally recognized for his passion to see lasting life transformation, revitalized communities and further Kingdom advancement within churches. He also consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership and community development for churches and educational institutions. Serving as founding pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church, a multi-ethnic church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Smith also co-founded and was president of The Sanctuary Community Development Corporation. He served as superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, providing leadership to 160 churches within California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Utah. An itinerant speaker and preacher with Kingdom Building Ministries and the Evangelical Covenant Church, he has been a keynote speaker for such events as Athletes in Action, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth Specialties, Compassion International, Thrive and CHIC. He is the author of , and . Smith is a graduate of Saint John's University and Luther Theological Seminary. He is currently seeking his doctorate in Church Leadership from Bethel Seminar. He and his wife Donecia, along with their two children, live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Phil Jackson serves as Lead Pastor of The House Covenant Church and associate pastor of Lawndale Community Church. The House is one of Chicago's first all-youth and young adult hip-hop churches. Through The House, Phil engages 500-600 youth and young adults influenced by the hip-hop culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ, creating a culturally relevant yet biblically accurate hip-hop worship experience. With nearly two decades of urban youth ministry experience, Phil also trains and consults with youth leaders and youth pastors in urban communities across the country through Communications, Inc., a ministry he founded to change the way the gospel is communicated to youth. Jackson is currently pursuing Master's degrees in theology and business at Northpark Seminary.