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Our Sunday Gatherings

10:30AM @ Everett Middle School

450 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

6:30PM @ Dolores Park Church

455 Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Parking for both gatherings available at Everett Middle School (enter on 17th Street between Church Street and Sanchez Street). For evening, DO NOT park in the center median on Dolores Street in front of the church. The city tows on Sundays after 4:30PM.

Our Identity

We are a community of people who have been renewed by the Gospel of Jesus and have devoted our lives to following Him. We love God, one another, and our city. It is our desire to communicate the unchanging truth of the person and work of Jesus Christ in a way that everyone in our city and culture can comprehend. We gather on Sundays and scatter throughout the city in large and small communities, committed to practicing the way of Jesus together as family. Below, you can find some general information about who we are and what we value.

Our Team

Lead Pastor | Elder
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Dave Lomas

Dave was born and raised in the bustling metropolis of Bakersfield, California. He began following Jesus as a junior in high school, started in ministry in 1997, and was ordained at the age of 21 as a youth pastor. After serving vocationally in ministry for 10 years, he felt called to plant a church.

In 2007, Dave and his wife Ashley moved to Carpinteria, California, to begin the process of planting with the Reality Family of Churches. It was there that God called them to move to San Francisco to start Reality SF. They moved in 2009, and after a year of prayer meetings, Reality SF started in 2010.

Dave serves as RSF’s Lead Pastor. He and his wife live near Mt. Davidson and hope to raise kids in this great city. Dave’s first book, The Truest Thing About You: Identity, Desire, and Why It All Matters, was a project that came from his lessons pastoring the first few years at RSF.

Administration & Finance Pastor | Elder
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Tarik El-Ansary

Tarik is a first-generation American with both his parents being native Egyptians. Growing up in a non-practicing Muslim home, he always remembered believing in a God but not knowing who He is. Tarik surrendered his life to Jesus later in his life after years of being involved with drugs and serving time in federal prison. Tarik’s life began to flourish once he committed his life to following Jesus. He was a part of the church in Reality Carpinteria and met Dave Lomas during a summer internship in 2008. Tarik moved to SF in 2010 and married his beautiful bride Erika, whom he met in Community Group in Santa Barbara. They live in the Sunset District with their two daughters, Isabelle and Evelyn.

Marriage & Family Pastor | Elder
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Kevin Cooke

Kevin is from a suburb of Washington DC and after graduating from Howard University he met his wife Bethany. Soon after, they moved to the Bay Area and married in 1997. They have two kids, Zoe (age 15) and Gordon (age 12). After working 15+ years in Biotech, Kevin is entering into full time ministry. Kevin believes God has spent the past 20 years shaping and preparing him for this call into full time ministry. Having committed his life to Christ when he was 18 he has served the Lord in ways beyond what he imagined and he has a particular heart for couples and enjoys encouraging them in seeking oneness in Christ. His family is beyond blessed by the ride that the Lord is taking them on.

Lay Elder
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Wilson Leung

Wilson is an SF native and grew up in the Richmond District. Raised in a traditional Chinese church, he was the typical good church boy. But when he was baptized in eighth grade, Wilson realized that just being a “good boy” wasn’t enough and that he needed Jesus to save him from his sins. He faithfully followed Jesus for decades and eventually served in his childhood church’s leadership. But in 2011, Wilson and his wife Gloria got the sense that God was concluding their time there and leading them in a new direction. They visited Reality when it was meeting at the American Swedish Hall and deeply connected with the teaching and worship. And after that first week, they just stuck! As a Lay Elder at Reality SF, Wilson is passionate about teaching, discipleship, and going through real life together. He works as a chip designer in the Valley, and his favorite place in SF is anywhere his sons Michael and Gabriel are playing baseball.

Lay Elder
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Joe Tuson

Originally from South Africa, Joe had the privilege of growing up with Christian parents and committed his life to Jesus at a young age. He moved to England as a teenager, where he met his future wife Becky, and they eventually moved to San Francisco for work. The Tusons heard about Reality SF through a friend and walked into Everett Middle School on their second day in the city. They felt the presence of God in worship and instantly knew they were going to stay! As a Lay Elder in our church, Joe is most passionate about prayer and longs for us to prioritize intimacy with Jesus above everything. He works as a CTO at an SF startup, and he and Becky live in the Sunset with their sons Zach and Samson and daughter Hannah. If you’d like to have a long conversation about prayer, coffee, books, low-sugar eating, finances, parenting, or music, Joe is your man!

Executive Director
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Dale Gustafson

Raised in Walnut Creek, Dale met his wife Lisa when they were students at Biola University. Dale has been in ministry for 30 years and has served as a Youth Pastor, Executive Pastor, and Lead Pastor. Besides five years on the beautiful island of Maui, Dale and Lisa have lived most of their married lives in the Bay Area. Lisa is an amazing public school kindergarten teacher, and they have one daughter, Anna, who attends Biola University. Dale has also been a high school football coach for 26 years and is a longtime season ticket holder for his beloved 49ers.

Assistant to Dave Lomas
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Candace Richardson

After graduating college with a degree in finance, Candace did the next logical thing: joined a band to travel as an audio engineer and roadie — and had loads of fun. Several years later, God brought her to San Francisco by means of the tech industry. She joined the Reality SF community in 2011 and has been overwhelmingly blessed by her time in this city. She thrives on great literature, live music, Oklahoma State football, and substantial amounts of coffee.

Director of Music Ministry
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Tyler Madsen

Many years ago, an electric guitar showed up on Tyler’s front porch with a note reading: “To Tyler, from Jesus.” Years later, the Lord revealed to him that music would not just be a hobby, but his life’s work. Through this work, God has gifted him with so many significant memories, both within the church as worship leader, and with his band, Branches. Tyler is thankful that God drew him and his wife, Kelly, into this beautiful city, and specifically to Reality SF, where he has found a musical and spiritual community like nowhere else.

Minister
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Tobi Grunick

Hailing from the German hometown of the best soccer team in the world, Hannover 96, Tobi eventually made his way to Santa Barbara, CA. There, he not only met his beautiful wife, Kristyn, but also started attending prayer nights for a fledgling church called Reality SF. Tobi always planned to move back to Germany, but eventually God made it clear that San Francisco was where He wanted Tobi to be. Living in Bernal Heights, Tobi and Kristyn enjoy taking long walks exploring the city, going out for meals, and fellowship with their community.

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Matt Barrios

Over the last decade, Matt lived in the LA area studying English literature in college, training in Christian spirituality in seminary, and eventually working in pastoral care at a local church. He is overjoyed by the humbling calling of God to serve the East Bay as a Neighborhood Minister. As an avid musician, Matt loves slipping into a deep bass groove and pretending he can play jazz piano. But the uncontested best moment of his life up to this point has been nestling a Russian bear cub in his arms. “Glory be!” he exclaimed while telling us this story.

Director of Volunteer Ministries
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Jessica Gracewski

Sometimes you can find Jessica biking across the USA, buying one way tickets to other countries or spending time being a homebody – Jessica thrives on all kinds of adventures and staying active. However, nothing compares to the passion and pursuit of Christ and helping others find their place in God’s story. She grew up around the US in a military family, but always finds her way back to the bay area. When she isn’t investing in people or immersed in the written word, you can find her out and about exploring (if you can catch her).

Director of Community Groups
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Nkechi Emeruwa

Nkechi sensed Jesus leading her to make San Francisco home in 2002. After studying Electrical Engineering at Stanford and working for a few years as an engineer in Silicon Valley, she eventually became inspired to pursue life as an artist with acting and music. All during this period, God kept Nkechi grounded through loving communities in the church and in the arts. Nkechi loves being part of bringing Christ’s wonderfully tangible and healing love “in bushelfuls” to our city through His church!

Director of Children's Ministry
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Marissa Smit

In 2010, Marissa moved to the Bay Area from her small home town in the Central Valley. As a freshman at UC Berkeley, she found a passion for creative expression and all things artsy. She loves spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and might happy cry if you give her candy. Serving in children’s ministries was pivotal in her relationship with God. Watching kids wonder over Him with an incredible faith, Marissa’s heart was drawn to Jesus all the more. She is filled with joy to continue witnessing God’s love through the lives of kids here in SF. She and her husband Zac live in Outer Richmond.

Director of Communications
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Brad Witty

Originally from Oklahoma, Brad moved to California shortly after college to make it big in Hollywood. Over many years of learning and growing in community at Reality LA, Brad discovered a new passion to use his gifts to serve the church. It was also during this time that he met his lovely, wacky wife Ashley. The Wittys moved to SF to be closer to family and also to join in on what the Lord is already doing in the city. Residing in Alamo Square, they love cooking, riding bikes, drinking coffee, and dancing to 90s pop ballads.

Media Coordinator
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Kayla Berry

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Kayla was fortunate enough to grow up in a Christian family. Though she left home to attend college in Seattle, she soon after felt the Lord calling her back here. After Kayla had worked many years in retail, God presented her with the opportunity to serve at Hume Lake Christian Camps, where her desire to be in full-time vocational ministry really took root. So when she discovered an opportunity with Reality SF, she couldn’t let it pass her by! Outside of ministry, you can find Kayla spending time with friends and family over good coffee and exploring the great outdoors.

Assistant Director of Children's Ministry
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Brian Kim

Brian was born and raised in New Jersey where he spent much of his youth playing basketball. After graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Philosophy and Music, he moved to SF to work with YWAM where he met his wife Ruthie. They married at Fort Mason Chapel in 2006. Brian and Ruthie have two sons and are committed to raising their family in the Castro, where they know God has called them to put down roots. Brian deeply desires to see families thrive in SF and believes children are an integral part to bringing the Shalom of God to our city.

Director of Prayer Ministry
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David McKinney

David has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since the late 60s. He met Jesus in the early 70s and currently resides in North Beach with his wife Malia. He has five adult children and five grandkids. David joined Reality SF in 2012 and leads the Sunday Prayer Team and the Prayer Counseling Team. He and Malia are also certified coaches in Immanuel Prayer.  David is deeply moved by the mission of Jesus stated in Isaiah 61:1: “To bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to the prisoners.”

Volunteer Coordinator
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Jason Swanson

Jason grew up in the Silicon Valley town of Morgan Hill. While participating in Young Life in high school, he met his future wife Sarah. In 2012, God brought him to San Francisco, and soon after Jason became part of the Reality SF family. The church has been a true blessing to Jason and Sarah, and they’re very grateful to be part of a Christ-centered community. The Swansons live in the Sunset with their son Maverick and labrador retriever Cassy, and they love all things active.

Missions Coordinator
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Danielle Stowaway

In 2005, God called Danielle out of the suburbs of Orange County, California, and into the middle of San Francisco’s Tenderloin to attend art school. This new chapter lead to a significant shift from active church involvement to a difficult time of growth in a new place. Through it all, she has been very thankful for the Christian community at Reality. In her free time, Danielle loves playing music in bands with her husband Seth, going on adventures to new places, and subjecting her friends to karaoke on her birthday.

Office Coordinator
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Kristen White

The moment Kristen stepped foot in San Francisco, she fell in love. She moved here in 2008 and ever since has called this city home. It was here that she came to know Jesus and dedicate her life to following Him. It was also here that she met her silly husband, Greg. Kristen loves swimming, exploring big cities, and partaking in crazy adventures like bungee jumping and skydiving. More than anything, she loves people and hopes to make everyone she meets feel loved.

Our Vision

The mission of our church seeks to answer the question, “Why do we exist?” And the vision answers the question, “What will the future look like if we fulfill our mission?”

And our mission is the same as what the Church’s mission has always been:

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
– Matthew 28:19-20

We distill Jesus’ Great Commission in these two ways:

1. The effective proclamation of the Gospel to all humanity, making “disciples” of Jesus.

2. The development and transformation of those disciples’ character into the character of Christ Himself.

So this is our combined Mission + Vision:

Mission: To make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded.
Vision: A community following Jesus, seeking renewal in our city.

And here are some measurables of how we define success in carrying out our vision and mission. Success is when people in our church are:

Cultivating deep and intentional intimacy with God
Living in authentic community
Becoming more like Jesus
Radically and practically demonstrating the love of Jesus in word and deed in the city

Here is a shorthand way of saying this:

Reality SF exists to be:

With God
With Each Other
Like Jesus
For the World

You can watch or listen to our Lead Pastor share our Mission & Vision in the video to the right.

Our Story

Reality San Francisco started with a prayer meeting in Hayes Valley. It began with just a few locals of the city who had heard about our new church community and about 13 people who had moved up from the Santa Barbara area. Our first prayer meetings were full of dependence upon God and anticipation of what He might want to do. Dave Lomas and his wife Ashley moved in 2007 to Carpinteria from Bakersfield to enter into the process of planting Reality SF. With a core team built there, they moved to SF in 2009 and started public gatherings at the Swedish American Hall in the Castro on January 10, 2010. God has been so kind to our Reality community, and we love being a part of what He’s doing here in San Francisco.

Reality SF is part of a family of churches held closely together through relationship, a shared philosophy of ministry, and a deep commitment to the Gospel of Jesus.

For more information on other Reality churches, please see their websites:

Reality Carpinteria | Reality LAReality StocktonReality VenturaReality Santa BarbaraReality Church BostonReality Church London | Reality Honolulu

Reality SF Headquarters

1504 Bryant St, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.546.0347
Monday - Thursday | 9:30AM - 5:30PM

Email info@realitysf.com

“These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

Colossians 2:17

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