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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 94114

Parking for both gatherings is at Everett Middle School (entrance on 17th Street). For morning gathering, the lot closes at 2:30PM; for the evening gathering, it closes at 9PM.

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, love each other, and love 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 living the Christian life together as a family. Below you can find some general information about who we are, what we value and how you can join our community.

Our Team

Lead Pastor
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Dave Lomas

Dave was born and raised in the bustling metropolis of Bakersfield, Ca. He began following Jesus as a Junior in HS, started 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 and began the process of planting with the Reality Family of Churches. It was there God called them to move to San Francisco to start Reality SF. They moved in 2009 and started the church in 2010 after years of prayer meetings.

Dave serves as RSF lead pastor. He and his wife live in Potrero Hill 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.

Executive Pastor
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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 have a daughter named Isabelle and live in the Sunset.

Pastor of Community
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Dave Dealy

Dave grew up in the north county of San Diego and moved to the Bay Area in 2010. His wife Noelle and daughters Grace, Reagan and Maggie live in the Sunset district. While never planning on working in vocational ministry as a pastor, Dave was called into ministry at Reality SF in 2012 and has loved being the Pastor of Community. What God has done in the communities of Reality has been miraculous and Dave feels so blessed to team with such amazing and gifted people for the glory of Christ in SF.

Marriage and Family Pastor
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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.

Minister of Spiritual Formation
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Julie Barrios

The Incarnation captured her heart, mind, and body, and ever since, she has been on an ongoing journey of personal embodiment and mission to help others live life to the fullest of their human capacity, just as Jesus did. This is evidenced through her passion for contemplative life, commitment to simple things like eye contact, a slow pace, sabbath, and working with her hands to do things besides tap keys. Julie lives in the NOPA neighborhood.

Assistant to Dave Lomas, Lead Pastor
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Jessica Skupien

Jessica is originally from Boston but found herself in the Bay Area 4 years ago after her husband, Mike, was re-stationed with the Coast Guard to Treasure Island. Jessica, or jskup as some call her, had dreamed of being a “business woman” since she was 3.  But after nearly 9 years as a strategy consultant, God unexpectedly called her out of the corporate world into ministry and she’s so excited for this new chapter.  Jessica spends most of her free time either with her husband and amazing community (East Bay represent!) or trying to grow plants with low to moderate success.

Director of Operations
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Candace Richardson

After graduating college with a degree in finance, Candace did the next logical thing and joined a band to travel as an audio engineer and roadie. She had loads of fun. Several years later, God brought her to San Francisco by means of work and she hopes never to leave. Candace thrives on big ideas, the Word of God, great literature, live music, and substantial amounts of coffee.

Director of Music Ministry
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Tyler Madsen

Thirteen 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.

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 God 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 Local Ministry & Missions
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Carrie Detrick

Though born and raised in the mountains of Northern California, nine years in San Francisco has addicted Carrie to city life (mostly for the pastries). In college she fell in love with God’s heart for and insistence on justice and can’t stop being amazed by the beauty, resilience and courage of marginalized communities. After five years on staff with InterVarsity, she is honored to come on staff to work alongside Jesus and some amazing non-profits toward the coming Kingdom. Also, Go Giants!

Director of Children's Ministry
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Marissa Hernandez

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.

Director of Communication & Art
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Brooke Meyer

Brooke is a Colorado gal in love with SF. She enjoys swimming in the bay, biking, running and most certainly wearing high-tops or sneaks. Brooke never thought she would wind up in a city, let alone far from home, but God has worked in her heart and given her the ability to reimagine what life is like in pursuit of Jesus in a city. She is enamored by His story that is unfolding in SF and in North Beach, where she resides. She attended Reality SF’s first service at the Swedish American Hall and was later baptized into the Reality family.

Neighborhood 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 the Western Addition, Tobi and Kristyn enjoy taking long walks exploring the city, going out for meals, and fellowship with their community.

Neighborhood Minister
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Josh Waidley

Josh loves most things about San Francisco except the Giants since he is a Dodgers fan and if you judge him for that you are in sin. He loves soccer, the Lakers, eating, cooking, fishing and the ocean and prefers a good book to a crowd of people, no offense people. He loves what Jesus is doing in SF and does not want to be anywhere else unless Jesus calls him and Alex to Paris.

Neighborhood Minister
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Tim Ritter

Tim is a California boy. He grew up across the Bay in Concord, went to college at UC Santa Barbara, and followed his college sweetheart to SF in 2011 where he joined the Reality family and spent about a year in ministry with City Impact in the Tenderloin. Before discovering Christ in 2010, Tim learned to look for God in nature. In 2010, after making some horrible mistakes, God used the sweet grace of a pretty girl to reveal the glory of Christ. Every day since, God has continued to bring joy and meaning to Tim’s life. He and Monique, the pretty girl, married in March 2013.

Neighborhood Minister
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Matthew Barrios

Over the last decade, Matthew 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, Matthew 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.

Music Ministry Coordinator
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Kevin Embleton

Kevin got his first guitar at age six and took his first paid gig at age nine when his dad offered to pay him one hundred dollars for one hundred consecutive days of practice. Soon after, Kevin started writing songs and sharing them with anyone who would listen. He loves using his gifts to serve the church and creating art to express all the intricacies of life’s journey. Kevin met his beautiful wife Jocelyn during college, and the two married in 2012. After spending three years in Canton, Ohio, Kevin and Jocelyn moved to San Francisco to continue pursuing ministry.

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.

Media Coordinator
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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.

Graphic Designer
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Cassee Giovanni

Originally from Orange County, California, Cassee has been passionate about art for as long as she can remember. While other kids were playing with barbies, you could find her drawing, painting, and crafting Play-Doh sculptures. Fast forward several years, Cassee discovered her passion for graphic design and moved to San Francisco to pursue her love for ministry and design at Reality SF. Her favorite part of this role is being able to reflect the character of Jesus through art and creativity. When she’s not working, she enjoys dance, yoga, painting, hiking, coffee, and building relationships with others.

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 along with their labrador retriever Cassy, and they love all things active.

Spiritual Formation Coordinator
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Alyssa Strull

Alyssa grew up in the Bay Area and she loves San Francisco and all the beauty that surrounds it. She loves being active and taking full advantage of how amazing our city is for running and biking. Alyssa met her husband David, at the first all-church Reality picnic in 2010. They currently live in the Mission, and feel so blessed by how the Lord has been growing their heart for this city and their church family.

Events Coordinator
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Stephanie Dorr

A Southern California native, Stephanie first started her globe trotting journey in 2006 when she traveled around the world in 100 days on an educational cruise ship during college. God led Stephanie from New York to San Francisco in April of 2014 where she immediately got involved at Reality SF. Radically transformed by God’s love, mercy and grace, Stephanie lives a life forever committed to Christ Jesus and His Word. Stephanie is excited to fuse her greatest passions: events, catering, and ministry to help build the church here at Reality SF.

Pastoral Assistant
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Liz Bagala

A native of San Francisco (Wow, really?), Liz grew up in Bernal Heights and studied photography at the Academy of Art. Occasionally attending Catholic church as a child, she first found out about Reality SF through a friend. After attending for four years and deepening in her relationship with God and others, Liz she felt a strong desire to serve on staff. She currently lives in Inner Sunset and loves coffee, travel, and everything to do with dogs.

Office Coordinator
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Danielle Gary

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.

Our Vision

The vision & values of our church can be summed up by these three words: Theological. Missional. Relational.

Theological: Who is this about?

We seek to be a God-centered/Christ-centered community in all that we think, say and do. To be theological means that we are first and foremost a worshipping community whose sole purpose is to glorify God as our highest goal and enjoy Him as our greatest good. Practically, this means we love the scriptures and base our lives by responding to who God is.

Missional: What are we doing?

God is seeking to save and redeem people through His Son Jesus Christ. This shows his love for the world. To be a missional community is to be aware of and involved in what God is doing in the world around us. This has as much to do with the issues happening in our city as it does with our neighbors.

Relational: How are we doing it?

God, through the Gospel, has entered into relationship with us; likewise, we are to be in relationship with others. If God is the focus and His mission the activity, then relationships are the context of our lives. The Church ought to be relational in everything, that we might reflect the character of God. By doing so, glory is given to Him and community is offered to us.

Listen or watch our Lead Pastor explain our vision in San Francisco 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 is a family of churches held closely together through relationship and a deep commitment to the Gospel of Jesus. We are grateful to be accountable to this family. For more information on the Reality churches, please see their websites.

Our Mission Philosophy & Ministry Partners

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Introduction

God has always called his people to be a blessing to the world. This missionary calling comes to life right here at home in San Francisco as we learn to love and serve our neighbors. The Local Ministry pathway is an avenue of partnership that aims to equip humble and healthy volunteers to support some amazing organizations in the city. For more about our vision, read our Mission Philosophy and check out our ministry partners below. 

A Pathway to Serve
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Getting Involved

Because we so greatly value our partner ministries our goal is to provide them with able, organized and effective volunteer teams. Therefore, becoming a volunteer with one of these ministries involves entering the pathway, attending training, and joining a ministry team. In this way, we hope to equip amazing volunteer communities to serve together in the city. For more about volunteering with a Local Ministry Team, please visit our volunteer page.

Local Ministry Partner
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Because Justice Matters

Because Justice Matters reaches women who have experienced sexual exploitation and domestic violence, and works to prevent the cycle of abuse faced by young girls. Our ministries and programs are provided at The Well, our Christ-focused community center located in the Tenderloin of San Francisco.

Local Community Partner
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Mission Graduates

Mission Graduates is a local nonprofit that increases the number of K-12 students in San Francisco’s Mission District who are prepared for and able to complete a college education. MG works to fulfill its mission through a wide range of K-12 after-school and summer programs that reach over 2,100 low-income children, youth, and families. Mission Graduates recently became the lead agency of the Mission Community Beacon at Everett Middle School, providing after-school and summer programming, school-day support, and parent engagement.

Local Ministry Partner
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San Francisco City Academy

San Francisco City Impact exists to intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco. The organization offers three types of work to revitalize the community: relief for those in urgent need, rehabilitation for those wanting a way out, and development to break the cycles of poverty and despair. City Impact’s most strategic ministry is SF City Academy. Founded in 1997, it was the first school in the Tenderloin District. City Academy is a private K-8 school that offers inner city children direct-instruction education, personal tutoring, and after-school programs.

Local Ministry Partner
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Young Life

Young Life San Francisco is a local branch of the national organization focused on building loving relationships with kids. By working with several of San Francisco’s public schools, tutoring and coaching sports teams, Young Life staff and volunteers enter the lives of local youth in order to provide no-strings-attached love and support at a crucially formative time.

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City Hope

City Hope began as a ministry of City Church and has recently moved into their new community development center in the Northwest corner of the Tenderloin. They partner with county jail and City Team San Francisco (a men’s recovery ministry in SOMA) to provide long-term mentorship and support for those struggling with drug-addiction and repeat incarceration, changing lives through persistent relationship.

Local Ministry Partner
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The Chalmers Center

The Chalmers Center seeks to train local churches to teach and care for economically disadvantaged communities. As an organization, it believes that Jesus Christ is making all things new — including our finances! Chalmers equips churches with resources and tools to walk alongside the poor while modeling Jesus’ compassion and power to overcome the spiritual, emotional, and material bonds of poverty.

Local Ministry Partner
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New Door Ventures

New Door Ventures helps at-risk youth get ready for work and life by providing meaningful paid jobs, training in work and life skills, individualized case management, and educational support. New Door’s ultimate goal is to see youth make a successful transition to an adulthood marked by sustained employment and positive engagement with their community. 

Local Ministry Partner
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Old Skool Cafe

This ministry, located in the Bayview district of San Francisco, operates a full service supper club where at risk young adults literally run the operation. Old Skool Cafe features talented young chefs, waiters, and entertainers. Every aspect of Old Skool Cafe’s program is intentionally designed to provide solid alternatives to a life of crime and poverty. To learn more, watch this video. Groups of 6-8 can help prepare Wednesday night dinners for Old Skool’s youth. Volunteer opportunities are available and you are also always encouraged to enjoy a nice meal at the restaurant!

RSF Team
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Race, Immigration, & Legal Justice

This is our only ministry team that is based on a set of issues rather than partnership with a local ministry. It focuses on working with a number of local organizations and projects to pursue love and justice for the city. Though one team, its three wings focus on 1) Racial justice and reconciliation, 2) Local immigrants and immigration-related justice, and 3) Legal aid and local issues of legal justice. To get connected, email our team.

Financial Support
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Additional Ministry Support

In addition to the Local Ministry Pathway for volunteer partnerships, we also financially support a number of other incredible ministries and full-time ministers. We want to be good stewards of the incredible resources that God gives us so we invest carefully and faithfully in some amazing individuals and organizations. For more about financial support, read our Mission Philosophy and check out our local and global partners below. 

Local Ministry Partner
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YWAM

YWAM San Francisco is a local branch of Youth With a Mission, the international ministry originally focused on equipping young men and women for ministry around the world. Based in the heart of the Tenderloin district, they specialize in organizing and equipping volunteers for a variety of urban ministries, especially discipleship with the homeless and marginalized.

Our Team
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Mission Team

To help us invest wisely we have a Mission Team that carefully and prayerfully oversees our mission budget and determines financial support. They utilize a set of Support Criteria, based on our vision for supporting healthy and effective long-term ministry. If you have any questions or would like to contact the team, please do so here

Local Partner
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Freedom House

Freedom House is a Christ-centered ministry with a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking here in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2010 they launched the first safe house in Northern California for adult female survivors and now also run a residential shelter for minors. By working closely with law enforcement and community partners, they provide the aftercare that is necessary to break the cycle of exploitation.

Local Partner
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Alpha Pregnancy Center

Alpha Pregnancy Center is a Christ-centered organization located in the Outer Mission District that economically, emotionally, and spiritually empowers women and families facing unplanned pregnancy. They work to ensure that women have complete support in order to make life giving choices when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.

Local Partner
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Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal

Pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil representation, Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal provides legal counsel to low and moderate income residents of the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. BHPCL has helped nearly 500 people access fair representation under the law for issues ranging from housing, to employment, domestic abuse, and property theft. To learn more, visit their website.

Global Partner
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HOPE International

The mission of HOPE International is to invest in the dreams of the poor as we proclaim and live the Gospel in the world’s underserved communities. HOPE seeks to accomplish this mission by providing discipleship, training, savings, and small loans in 17 countries around the world, countries like Rwanda and India. Among HOPE’s core values is the belief that all made in the image of God and all are built for dignified work, not handouts. Locally, HOPE seeks to engage communities in issues of global poverty and invite their participation in this work.

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Schools for Justice

The mission of Schools for Justice Foundation is to provide educational opportunities and loving childcare to the community of New Georgia, Liberia. Schools for Justice assists disadvantaged and marginalized youth and adults by fully funding an adult night school program and an orphanage serving 31 children. SFJ works alongside Liberian partners, equipping and empowering them to build a brighter future for their country in the aftermath of a devastating civil war.

Local Missionary
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Ruthie Kim

Ruthie Kim has been working in San Francisco’s inner city Tenderloin district as part of YWAM since 1999. Ruthie has broad experience working with women facing sexual exploitation, domestic violence, drug addiction and chronic homelessness. Ruthie founded Because Justice Matters in 2008, with a focus on reaching some of San Francisco’s most needy populations of women through outreach and spiritual support services. Ruthie is married to Brian and they have two boys. They love SF and are deeply committed to raising their family here.

Local Missionary
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Daniel Lai

Daniel has been on staff with Young Life since 1999 and with the San Francisco team since 2014.  He and his family (wife Becky and sons Drew and Henry) love being SF residents and Christ’s representatives in the City’s public schools. Having grown up in the Bay Area as a fan of the Warriors, Giants, and 49ers, Daniel coaches high school football and basketball as ways to combine his two passions: sports and youth ministry. His dream is that every teenager in San Francisco would have the opportunity to meet Jesus, and he’s passionate about connecting people at Reality SF and other churches to students in our local schools.

Local Missionary
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Sylvia Kamande

Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Sylvia Kamande previously served with YWAM for 6 years (mostly in Chile). In 2016, She began serving with Because Justice Matters in the Tenderloin to pursue her passion of helping break the cycle of fear, violence, and hopelessness which many women and girls experience in San Francisco. Sylvia believes that as they continue to see themselves as image-bearers of Christ, these women and girls will discover that they are powerful beyond measure. She is currently part of the team pioneering the Mother’s Wellness program at BJM.

Local Missionary
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Jason & Justine Martinez

Jason & Justine have been missionaries with YWAM since 2006. Each year, Jason leads a Discipleship Training School, a 6-month missions training program, in which students are mentored through weekly learning alongside continual ministry involvement both in San Francisco and in Italy. Students spend three months in SF, learning from a variety of teachers and working with initiatives of YWAMSF, then three months overseas, where they are plunged into full-time ministry. Justine is on the administrative team for Because Justice Matters, which seeks to connect women and children in the Tenderloin to a supportive, Christ-centered community.  They currently reside in the Sunset with their kids, Eloise & Giovanni.

Local Missionary
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Brittany Bagwell

Brittany is a Bay-Area local, born and raised, and has a background in Intercultural Studies. After sending her through 12 countries as a short-term missionary, God brought Brittany full circle to the city by the Bay. Brittany has been a missionary with Youth with a Mission since 2013 and a part of the San Francisco YWAM staff team since 2015. Her official titles are Office Manager and Art Table Coordinator for BJM’s weekly Manicure Outreach. Her unofficial titles are Ukulele Connoisseur and Chai Tea Specialist. You can sign up for her email updates here.

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Heiko Timm

Heiko is from Berlin, Germany and has been working with YWAM since January of 2014. He and San Francisco go way back. On a road trip for YWAM’s Discipleship Training School, he spent nine days in the city and his heart was broken for the people of the Tenderloin. After a long journey back to Berlin God finally called him into local missions in SF. Heiko loves to work in inner cities and especially with youth. He works in the local outreach dept of YWAM primarily with high school kids. In his free time he likes to write on his blog and try new coffee shops.

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Joanna Clark

Joanna is a Westmont College Alumn and new resident and explorer of San Francisco. She loves being outside, talking to people, doing art, playing games, and swinging on swing sets. Joanna works with high schoolers through Young Life and loves how they ask real questions about life, pretend like they know everything, and are down for pretty much anything. Joanna believes it is such an amazing experience to step into the life of a teenager and love them with the knowledge that Jesus loved her first and is the reason she is here at all. She’d love to get to know you!

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Lindsay Nelson

Lindsay grew up in small-town Montana loving the land, music and the arts. Being highly sensitive to people and environments, she has always found herself drawn to the suffering, the lost, the rejected. After spending time in the third world serving survivors of severe poverty and trauma Lindsay’s understanding of God’s heart deepened and led to her life calling: Healing. Lindsay spent the past 2 years working in the Tenderloin with trauma survivors and now works full time with Linden Tree Outreach, a Renewal Ministry focusing on the presence of God transforming hearts in inner healing.

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Melissa Laureta

A San Francisco native, Melissa grew up in the church but met a more authentic and life-changing Jesus in college. This Jesus showed her how to integrate faith with her ethnic identity and challenged her to pursue racial reconciliation on campus. Now on staff with InterVarsity at SFSU, Melissa’s hope is for students to have their lives changed as they partner with God in cross-cultural relationships and mutual transformation. She loves training and cultivating world changers who will impact their churches and places of work. In her free time, Melissa loves paper crafting, painting, and sharing student stories on her blog.

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Gabby Hurt

Gabby grew up in a small town in central Illinois called Morton, which is not known for much other than pumpkins and a ridiculous school mascot. In 2012, she began staffing at Because Justice Matters focusing on women in the Tenderloin. After working with these women who have face so much trauma, she felt her heart ache for the children that they once were, so she began to pioneer a work with BJM reaching girls in the TL believing that God is going to break the cycle of exploitation and violence in this neighborhood. Follow Gabby’s experiences on her blog.

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Elise Albert

Elise studied Psychology at Westmont College but had struggled to find her place in the counseling world after graduation. It wasn’t until she received powerful heart-healing prayer that something sparked within her. This experience transformed how she interacted with God and understood her identity as His daughter. EVERYONE needed to experience this depth of intimacy and connection to the Father’s heart! Elise felt the sweet beckoning of Jesus to move to San Francisco in 2015. Within the first week, the Lord opened the door for her to work with Linden Tree Outreach, a ministry that focuses on creating space for people to connect with the heart of God through inner healing. It has been the biggest blessing for Elise to see others encounter and be transformed by the love of the Father. Follow her journey on her blog.

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Chops Ezung

Chopathung, or Chops, is originally from the Northeast part of India called Nagaland. He has been in missions with YWAM for 9 years, and has specifically been serving in San Francisco since 2012. At a drop-in center in the Tenderloin, Chops ministers to people facing homelessness, drug addiction, and mental illness through sharing the gospel and also providing free haircuts. He has given over 2,500 free haircuts to people, empowering many to find employment, enter rehab, and secure housing.

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Cassandra Duft

Cassandra works for Because Justice Matters, a ministry in the Tenderloin. She moved to SF in 2013 and is still learning the ropes of “big city” life. She grew up in tiny mountain town in Colorado, but felt the Lord steal her heart and dreams for overseas missions when she was 13. She began working with YWAM in 2009, which took her to India where God broke her heart for women and children who were being exploited. She is currently helping to pioneer a dance community in the Tenderloin for youth, with BJM. Follow her journey on her blog.

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Tinita Weekes

Tinita was called to work in the inner cities of America over 7 years ago. She left her ‘beloved’ England, where she was born and raised, and moved to the USA to pursue that calling. Tinita has been working with YWAM ever since. She works with a team called Restoration Initiatives ministering amongst the poor, marginalized and broken on the streets of the Tenderloin in San Francisco; she loves it! Through a drop-in center and a yearlong Christian discipleship community called ‘360’, she responds to the practical, emotional and Spiritual needs of the homeless, addicts, and dealers on the streets.

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Aaron Trank & Family

Aaron serves as the Director of Mobilization and Strategic Advancement at Jews for Jesus, an evangelistic missions organization dedicated to bringing the Gospel to Jewish people worldwide.  Aaron and Rachelle have been missionaries in San Francisco since 2009: leading Bible studies for Jewish seekers, discipleship groups for new believers, and preaching in churches around the country about the Jewish Roots of the faith.  They’ve attended Reality SF since the first service and have been part of community groups since the first group launched in Hayes Valley. They currently live in the Outer Sunset with their two kids: Rina and Rafi!

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Brooke & Karen Butler

Brooke and Karen Butler served with Cru at Stanford University for 10 years. Then in January of 1994, they arrived in Croatia with their two children during the Yugoslav Civil War. The Butlers served 17 years as the Cru National Team Leaders for Croatia and Bosnia, and during this time, God graciously blessed them with two more children and a ministry team of over 40 staff. In 2014, they began their third and current chapter in ministry at UC Berkeley with Athletes in Action, where they love ministering to college students because of their zeal and potential to impact their teams and world for Christ. You find learn more about the Butlers on their website.

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Monica Finnigan

Monica serves as a Local Team Leader with Athletes in Action in the San Francisco Peninsula and at Stanford University. While Monica was a student-athlete in synchronized swimming at Ohio State University, God used her sport and a teammate to transform her life with the Gospel. She enjoys equipping cultural influencers to love Jesus with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength as they steward their intellectual and athletic capacities for the Kingdom of God. Monica is passionate about leading her team to launch spiritual movements in athletic departments across San Francisco that impact the campus, city, and world with the Gospel.

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Rachael Ng

Rachael’s life was transformed by the Gospel in 2013 when she first found herself at a Reality SF Sunday gathering. She’d been enchanted by the free, noncommittal spirit of San Francisco, but for the first time in her life, she was discovering immeasurable love, worth, and joy through Jesus. She went on to spend a year serving in many cultures through the World Race. And when the magnetism of SF drew her back to the Bay Area, she felt God calling her to full-time ministry. In 2015, Rachael joined Missio Dei Oakland, where she cares for South East Asian women as a House Church Planter. You can sign up for Rachael’s newsletter here.

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Jonathan Newman

Jonathan graduated from Cal Poly SLO, where God used experiences and involvement with Cru to show him that at the heart of the good news of Jesus is the solution to every human problem. After graduating, Jonathan interned with Cru in East Asia and at Cal Poly before joining staff with Berkeley Cru. He feels a great sense of awe and privilege in getting to live in the Bay Area and connect diverse and talented students to the heart of God. Jonathan enjoys reading, nature walks, social commentary, spontaneous dancing, learning about other cultures, and spending quality time adventuring with friends. You can sign up for his newsletter here.

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Laina Humbles

San Francisco first captured Laina’s heart when she participated in a Reality SF prayer tour as a senior in high school. She moved to the city in August of 2016, where she now serves with YWAM. Laina staffs Discipleship Training Schools, a 6-month training program that equips students for missions through mentoring, weekly teaching, and introductions to ministry in San Francisco and abroad. She also teaches dance to little girls in the Tenderloin through Because Justice Matters, and is involved in various neighborhood outreaches to children. Laina loves a good cup of coffee, swapping stories, and being at the beach whenever she can.

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Melissa Weinisch

God has long been growing in Melissa a heart to see children understand the gospel. As a second-generation Jewish believer, she understands the complexity of navigating Jewish identity and an identity rooted in Jesus. She is the West Coast Director of Children and Youth Ministry with Jews for Jesus. She works with Jewish believing children through discipleship and year-round camp programs, affirming who they are as Jewish people and encouraging them in their walk with Jesus. This Fall she will be in NYC preparing for full time ministry on the West Coast. Visit Melissa’s site.

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Sameh Azab

Sameh, originally from Egypt, has spent over a decade training and serving missionaries and working among Muslims in the Middle East, Africa, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Though born in a Christian home, he did not truly receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior until he was 21. In his ministry, Sameh has at times experienced a great deal of persecution, including being incarcerated and tortured twice for sharing the Gospel. After many years serving with YWAM, he now works stateside as the San Francisco Area Coordinator for Crescent Project, whose mission is to inspire, equip, and serve the Church to reach Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Glory of God. You can support Sameh’s ministry through Crescent Project here.

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Caleb Alldrin

When Caleb came to San Francisco to study Cinema at SFSU, God changed his heart to love the city and desire to see college students become lifelong followers of Jesus. He hopes to use his passion for film to bring the body of Christ together and reach out with the gospel. Caleb feels so privileged and excited to make disciples of college students while on staff with Cru. In his free time Caleb enjoys longboarding, board games, and rock jumping.

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Patreeya Prasertvit

Patreeya considers herself a “Cajun Asian” because she spent her childhood in both Thailand and Louisiana. Having grown up in a predominantly Buddhist home, her experience with Cru in college transformed the way she experienced God. Patreeya’s desire to disciple and train women to live out the Gospel led her to join staff with Cru in 2012 — despite her preschool aspirations of becoming the next Britney Spears. After moving to Berkeley in the winter of 2014, she was quickly won over by the people, the culture, and — let’s be honest — the food of the Bay Area. Visit her blog.

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Kyle Teese

Kyle first heard the gospel during his awkward stage in high school, but it wasn’t until his breakout years as a San Francisco State gator that he truly encountered Jesus. Ever since then he’s been discovering and rediscovering (you think he would learn) that he is accepted, loved, and valued not because of what he can do for God, but in light of what God did for him. Kyle enjoys drumming, eating Oreos, listening to the National, and telling others about Jesus, all of which he gets to do on staff with Berkeley Cru.

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Kathryn Waidley

Kathryn has always loved stories of adventure with characters that are more than what meets the eye. More than anything, she loves that she gets to know Jesus and be a part of the grit, beauty, and reality of God’s story. She feels deeply privileged to be in a city with so many stories to hear and characters to love; where she gets to be on college campuses and come alongside what God is doing in the lives of students everyday for her job with City Cru. Furthermore, Kathryn never backs down from a Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter trivia challenge.

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Kjaere Friestad

Kjaere (KJ) has been part of the Reality Family of Churches since the very beginning. She moved to San Francisco to help with the church plant and work in the city. She soon started working at a preschool there. In 2013, she went on a 2-week missions trip to South Africa and saw an opportunity to use the knowledge, gifts, and ministry she has been developing on a more long term mission there. Kjaere is now there on mission as an extension of RSF teaching preschoolers & training teachers. You can click to follow her blog or receive newsletters.

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