Dr. Stanley Long
Stanley Long is Pastor Emeritus of South Bay Community Church of Fremont CA, which he founded in 1985. After retiring as lead pastor of SBCC, Dr. Long has continued to serve on a variety of boards and to develop his consulting business, pastoral coaching, and leadership training both in the United States and abroad. Prior to planting SBCC, Mr. Long served as President of Fellowship Urban Outreach a San Francisco based organization that consisted of a community outreach program, Little Friends pre-school and Fellowship Academy an elementary school of over 200 students.
Dr. Long has also served as lead pastor for three churches in Camden, New Jersey, Mahwah, New Jersey and Ridgewood, New Jersey. He has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, at Nyack College in Nyack, New York, and Patton College in Oakland, California.
Dr. Long has served on several boards including the National Black Evangelical Association, Board of Trustees of Fuller Theological Seminary, the Evangelicals for Financial Accountability, the Editorial Board for the Leadership Journal, the Tri-City homeless Coalition, the Executive board for the Evangelical Covenant Church, the Evangelical Training Association, the PETNA Foundation, and Urban Ministries, Incorporated.
Dr. Long earned his undergraduate degree (BS) at Nyack College, an MBA at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, New Jersey in 1977, an MA in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from his alma mater Nyack College in 1983.
Dr. Long is married to Ruby Pitts of Bridgeton, New Jersey. He is the proud father of three children, grandfather of five boys and the great-grandfather of one beautiful daughter.
Chief Operating Officer
Jonathan Banks is motivated to see people connect with God in a deeper way by challenging them to grow and inspiring them to rise. He actively serves his church and community and strives to help others reach their God-given potential in every area of life. Jonathan earned an undergraduate degree in engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Northwestern University. Jonathan has enjoyed an amazing career path which has included Non-Profit Leadership, Youth Ministry, Food Ingredient & Flavor Research, Real Estate Finance and Business Development, Teaching and Tutoring K-12 & College level courses and, now, full time ministry. He served as the Director of Ministry at Apostolic Faith Church for over 11 years where Bishop Horace E. Smith, M.D. is the Pastor and now serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Urban Outreach Foundation serving an international group of pastors and leaders. His own academic and tutoring experiences helped him form an effective approach to success that he willingly shares with the next generation. Additionally, his life experiences, which include being raised in the Jewish faith and getting saved as a college student, give Jonathan a unique perspective from which to share God’s wisdom and purpose with others. Jonathan is an ordained minister where he lives with his wife, Jacinta, and their college-aged sons.
Lakita Garth Wright
Lakita Garth Wright is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has addressed millions through motivational assemblies across the United States and internationally. She has testified before the U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. Senate, and consulted with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as Kenya and Puerto Rico. Lakita has also consulted Hollywood , including The Bernie Mac Show, My Wife and Kids, and was also an Emmy nominated host and associate producer. She is an accomplished dancer, rapper, and executive producer of live events and has also been a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She has been a former Miss Black California, modeled for Nike, Reebok and has appeared in numerous commercials and television shows including Anderson Cooper, The View, Tyra Banks, Bill O’Reilly, Inside Edition, The Morning Show, Joy Behar, Nightline, Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect, Focus on the Family’s Mind Over Media, BET, MTV and toured as a rap artist on MTV’s “Rock the Vote” tour. She has also been featured in various magazines including People, ESSENCE, Seventeen, Vogue, Vibe, Gospel Today, and Charisma.
A graduate of the University of California-Berkeley and North Park Theological Seminary, he previously served as President of the Evangelical Covenant Church, pastor at Newport Covenant Church in Bellevue, Washington, and Clairemont Covenant Church in San Diego, California. He and his wife, Nancy, are founding members of DeerGrove Covenant Church in Palatine, Illinois, and have three daughters: Amy, Alissa, and Lauren.
Rev. Dr. Robert L. Owens
Rev. Dr. Robert L. Owens is a graduate of North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois where he received a Master of Divinity degree. Dr. Owens also holds a Master degree in Public Administration from Pepperdine University located in Malibu, California and a Doctorate degree in New Church Development from Columbia Theological Seminary located in Decatur, Georgia. He has over thirty years in church ministry, pastoral care, evangelism, and community involvement, emphasizing building the lives of people, both spiritually and economically.
Yvonne Thigpen serves as the President of ETA, a bridge organization between academics and the local church. Since 1930, faculty from evangelical schools and leading churches have written transformational core course materials for lay leadership development. ETA packages and distributes the courses among churches, mission fields, and multiple school initiatives. The courses distill subjects in Bible, theology, ministry skills, outreach skills, evangelism, and leadership for today’s culture. It is imperative that graduates of faith-based schools know a ready curriculum is available to equip believers and volunteers for service.