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Elijah Shamenda

Lead Pastor

Elijah Shamenda is the Lead pastor of Resurgence City in Buffalo NY. He is passionate about discipleship, revival, and multi-ethnic ministry. His heart for seeing communities push past the barriers that at times hold people back from experiencing the fullness of what Christ has for them is what makes his heart beat, and why he felt led to plant in the city of Buffalo. He is married to Jaynee Shamenda she is a  Buffalo public school teacher and is the children's director at Resurgence City. 

His other passions are food, sports, the creative arts, and movies his favorite being Mary Poppins (ask him about it sometime). 



David McDowell

Creative and Communications Director

David McDowell oversees a number of different creative aspects of the Church. He believes that it is important to engage the culture through storytelling. Specifically, retelling over and over the narrative of the Gospel. He is consistently working on telling the story of Resurgence City in any and every way.

David’s other interests include Soccer, Painting, and Chicken and waffles. His favorite storyteller is J.R.R. Tolkien. On the weekend you might be able to find him at a local thrift store.