WHO WE ARE
Roy Garanton, Co-Founder & Co-Director
Roy Garanton is an immigrant and ministry veteran from Venezuela, having served underserved and underrepresented populations for over 23 years. He has served at faith based and non-profit organizations throughout greater Minneapolis, Chicago, Oklahoma, the Texas border and San Francisco. As a founding member and initial program director for Heart Haven Outreach in Illinois and Program Manager at New Door Ventures in San Francisco, Roy has had the opportunity to see organizations grow and thrive through organizational change from start up through maturity. Having worked in K-12 and higher education, he is passionate about opportunities to see critical pedagogy and equitable practices implemented in learning. He has done extensive work in the justice system, workforce, immigration, education and diversity with non-profit organizations and educational institutions. He is very passionate about capacity building and scaling, change management, human resources and compliance as well as staff development. His work path has given him experience with homeless, foster, criminal system involved, substance abuse and recovery, mental health issues, abuse and low-income populations. He has also served as a church planting team member for four Hispanic churches in Oklahoma, amongst others.
Roy, has B.A in Psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University, an M.A in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco, for which he wrote his thesis on “Latino Clergy as Agents of Community Resistance”. He is ABD on his Ed.D in International and Multicultural Education from with a focus on race and justice where his dissertation "Towards a Sacred Critical Theory" explored the need for being critical about our faith and its effects on society in light of polarization, nationalism and toxic climates. He was ordained as reverend in 2002 by Primera Iglesia. He has also completed leadership fellowships by ProInspire (2015), CompassPointe and the California Wellness Foundation (2014) and Emerging Ministries of the Bay (2013). His most recent volunteer experience consisted of serving as Commissioner at the Juvenile Justice Commission (2013-2017) for the city of San Francisco. He resides in San Francisco.
At his core, Roy loves the opportunity to serve those who need another chance and believes we all need a second, third or fourth opportunity. He sees forgiveness as the great equalizer needed in our polarized society. He loves critical theories, liberation theologies and exploring new ideas. He identifies as a pacifist. He enjoys Star Wars, the outdoors and the Pacific breeze, playing guitar, hi-fi audio and exploring the Bay Area.
Kirk Davis, Co-Founder & Co-Director
Reverend Kirk Davis is born and raised in San Francisco. He has spend the last 25 years doing nonprofit work in the Bayview Hunters/Point neighborhood. He gave his life to Christ in 1981 and preached his first message at Neighborhood Baptist Church (Fillmore District). In 1998 he became the Youth Pastor at Providence Baptist Church and joined Young Life staff. He has been an assistant chaplain at juvenile hall in San Francisco and served as founder of Street Survivors, a ministry that helps kids dealing with post-traumatic stress. With the help of his wife they have run after-school tutorial program and Summer Day Camp that grew to over 100 kids. He became area Director of Young Life for the Southeast area of San Francisco in 2001 where he created a program called YLDP (Youth Leadership Development Program) teaching Life-skills (2002). In 2008 they Started a non-profit organization called Rapha House Foundation, Inc. In 2012 Planted a Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Cultural Church called New Generation Covenant Church (ECC) in the Bayview/Hunters Point. Currently is planting a new worshipping community in Bayview/Hunters Point called Kairos Fellowship where activists, artists, and misfits can engage life, scripture, participate in community and provide spiritual support for each other.
Kirk was an ordained in 1989 by Northern Baptist Association. He received his B.A at Faith Bible College, completed the Fuller Seminary Urban Youth Workers Leadership program as well as Urban Youth Worker Institute. He’s been the recipient of the KQED Essence of Excellence Award in 2005 and the recipient of the Black Educators of the year award in 2003 and other congressional and community awards. Through his work in the community, Kirk has been able to build an extensive network in areas ranging from community schools, to juvenile hall and other non-profit organizations. His expertise ranges from workforce, youth and leadership development to faith organizing. He is a sought after speaker for community development, asset mapping and helping churches create new tribes.
He has been married to his wife Denise for 33 years they have 3 kids together. In his free time Kirk enjoys listening to old school R&B and classic cars.