Help The Bay Area Become a Better Place to Live, Work, and Play

The Best Way to Impact the Bay Area is By Raising Up Urban Leaders

Your Generosity Equips Leaders to Serve Urban Communities in the Bay Area

Dedicated leaders in the Bay Area are under-equipped and under-trained to take on the sustained challenges in San Francisco and beyond. In Alameda County alone, approximately 11.3% of the population lives below the poverty line.

When you give, World Impact comes alongside urban leaders and equips them to create healthy, thriving churches to serve the communities experiencing poverty.

You Can Empower Change In the Bay Area

Training for church planters, leaders, and pastors often lack sufficient focus on issues facing city neighborhoods —

  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Racialization
  • Economic Inequality
  • Food Insecurity
    … and much, much more

As a result, local church leaders feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and burned-out. We believe these dedicated women and men deserve training to lead healthy churches where the need is greatest. Will you help?

Damon Owens is World Impact's Regional Ministry Developer in the Bay Area, Calofornia.

Meet Our Bay Area Ministry Developer

Damon Owens is the Co-Founder & Sr. Pastor of Genesis Church-Antioch as well as the Executive Director and Founder of the Bay Area Urban Development Association. Born and Raised in East Oakland, CA Damon and his wife Shantell are the former owners of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (Concord, Brentwood & San Ramon).


Born and raised in East Oakland, CA. Damon is a Co-Vocational Leader, Urban Church Specialist, and Mental Health Practioner. He is passionate about leadership development and community youth development who desires to see communities and churches thrive.


Damon is also Chairman of the Board for Converge PacWest; a movement of Churches working together to start and strengthen churches worldwide for the Glory of God. A recent graduate of the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, Damon is also pursuing his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership & Development. Damon loves golf and is a loyal Oakland A’s, Golden State Warrior and Las Vegas Raiders fan. He is married to Shantell with 3 daughters and 5 beautiful grandchildren: Christian, Anaiyah, Gia, Olivia and Derrick Jr.

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