Meet the Leadership


Bob Balian


Bob grew up in Sacramento, went to college at UCLA and returned to his hometown to be groomed to take over the family construction business. Letty was born in Mexico, raised in Northern California and is a successful Wardrobe and Lifestyle Consultant, along with her volunteer service at the church. They have a beautiful daughter, Taylor, who lives in Los Angeles. They also have many friends and family that long preceded the church. Bob and Letty love Sacramento and want to see it become a model city for taking care of its people. Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in the country and Bayside Midtown – is a church that successfully embraces and celebrates diversity.


Efrem Smith


Pastor Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership and community development. Pastor Smith is the former- president and CEO of World Impact, an urban mission, church planting and leadership-development organization. He is the current co-lead Pastor of Bayside Church, Midtown. He’s the author of several books, including his latest, “Killing Us Softly.” Pastor Smith 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’s currently a doctoral student in Church Leadership at Fuller Seminary.

Pastor Smith is married to Donecia and has two daughters.Pastor Smith is excited to a be a part of all that God is doing in and through Bayside. He and Pastor Bob are encouraged by the rapid growth on the Midtown campus and are eager to work together and share the love God throughout the Sacramento region.