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 at Everett (enter on 17th Street between Church Street and Sanchez Street). Parking is limited, so we encourage you to walk, bike, or take public transit if possible.

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

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.

Executive Pastor

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 and Family Pastor

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.

Executive Director

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

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

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.

Neighborhood Minister

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.

Neighborhood Minister

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

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

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

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.

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.

Assistant Director of Children's Ministry

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.

Soul Care Coordinator
David McKinney

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 co-leads the Prayer team, Soul Care, and Prayer Counseling teams. 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 along with their labrador retriever Cassy, and they love all things active.

Missions Coordinator

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

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

Our Mission Philosophy & Ministry Partners

Mission at Reality SF


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. Below, you can learn about ways to support our local and global missionaries as well as volunteer opportunities with our Local Ministry Partners. (For short-term or one-off serving opportunities with organizations in our city, go here.)

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 Missionary

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. To learn more about Ruthie’s ministry and how to support her, please email her.

Local Missionary

Daniel Lai

Daniel has been on staff with Young Life since 1999 and with Young Life San Francisco 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. To learn how to support Daniel’s ministry, please email him.

Local Missionary
Alexius Baker Missionary

Alexius Baker

Alexius moved to San Francisco from San Diego to pursue a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising at San Francisco State University. Unexpectedly during her freshman year, she encountered Jesus Christ for the first time through a Cru staff member. For the next four years, Alexius grew deeper in her relationship with God and discovered a passion for empowering and discipling women. She also cultivated a heart for seeing renewal in the city of San Francisco through transformation in individual lives. Alexius lived out all of these passions as a student with Cru at SF State, and now she continues to do so as Cru Staff. Besides grabbing coffee with students, she enjoys karaoke, R&B oldies, dance parties, ice cream, and beaches. To learn more about Alexius’ ministry and to support her, please click here.

Local Missionary

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. To learn how to support Sylvia’s ministry, please email her.

Local Missionary

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. To learn how to support their ministry, please email them.

Local Missionary
Malia McKinney Missionary

Malia McKinney

Malia McKinney was raised in the Bay Area and is an active member of Reality SF. What began as a two-month, volunteer commitment with Because Justice Matters grew into her full-time mission: to share God’s unconditional love with women forsaken and marginalized by tough life circumstances such as homelessness, addiction, and domestic violence. But in a context filled with poverty and lack, Malia consistently sees God prove that He is “more than enough.” Malia and her husband David have five children and three grandkids (with more on the way). They are also city leaders for Immanuel Practicum, a prayer ministry encouraging greater intimacy with Jesus. You can support Malia in her ministry here.

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Joanna Clark

Joanna is a Westmont College alumn and resident/exlplorer of San Francisco. She loves being outside, talking with people, doing art, playing games, and swinging on swing sets. Joanna works with high schoolers through Young Life San Francisco and loves how they ask real questions about life, pretend like they know everything, and are down for pretty much anything. She 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 too! To learn how to support Joanna’s ministry, please email her.

Local Missionary

Heiko Timm

Heiko is originally from Berlin, Germany, and has been serving with YWAM San Francisco since January 2014. As the Outreach Department Director, he hosts short-term outreaches for groups from all around the world who want to serve and learn about the SF Tenderloin and homelessness. This youth program is called Mission Adventures, and it trains and teaches junior high and high school students in how to share the love of Jesus with others. The students take what they learn in the Tenderloin and other parts of SF and and apply it in their own home community. Heiko loves many things, but his top four are Jesus, friends, coffee, and discipleship. His heart’s desire is for the youth of America to know they have a purpose and a voice to change their surroundings one day at a time with and for Jesus. You can follow Heiko’s blog that shares all about his life and adventures as a missionary in the USA.

Local Missionaries
Gabby Alzate

Gabby & Mateo Alzate

Mateo and Gabby Alzate have been with YWAM since 2010. Ever since they were serving in different YWAM Disciple Training Schools in different locations, God had been working in their hearts to root them both in San Francisco as long-term missionaries. They got married in April 2017. Gabby joined staff with Because Justice Matters in 2012, launching programs for young girls in the Tenderloin. When Mateo came to YWAM San Francisco in 2017, he began a complementary ministry working with young boys in the families which Gabby and BJM had been ministering to for years. Together, Gabby and Mateo work to help prevent cycles of violence and challenges many children and youth face when growing up in urban communities. They believe God is reviving hope and bringing lasting transformation in the lives of the next generation. To learn more about the Alzates’ ministry and how to support them, please email them.

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Steve & Kayla Binnquist

Steve first moved to San Francisco in May of 2004 to work with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) San Francisco. Kayla started working with YWAM in 2010, and she and Steve married in 2013. In January of 2017, Steve and Kayla began to lead Restoration Initiatives, a ministry dedicated to restoring, empowering, and serving residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. They currently lead Bible studies and offer showers, bathrooms, and haircuts in the community. Steve and Kayla are working towards developing life and job skills training in the community as well. They welcomed their son Oliver in 2015, who spends his time making the world a better place through laughter and funny noises. To learn how to support the Binnquists’ ministry, please email them.

Local Missionary
Udom Setthaya Missionary

Udom Setthaya

Originally from Thailand, Udom Setthaya followed God’s call to serve in vocational ministry right after graduating from university. In 2007, he started serving with YWAM Thailand as a volunteer translator for visiting missionary teams and also as a staffer for prison DTS (Discipleship Training School). He then served with YWAM in South Africa and Mozambique through healthcare in 2013. Currently, Udom serves with YWAM San Francisco through Restoration Initiatives Ministry, which serves, restores, empowers, and disciples residents in the Tenderloin. To learn more about Udom’s ministry and supporting him, click here.

Local Missionary
Alexandria Cole

Alexandria Cole

As a middle school and high school student, Alexandria had a number of amazing mentors and leaders who walked with her through life and faith. And it was the loving example of these leaders that first sparked her desire to work with students, which she has done with Fellowship of Christians in Universities & Schools (or FOCUS) for the better part of a decade. After serving with FOCUS in New York City for seven years, Alexandria felt God calling her to San Francisco, where she is now the San Francisco Area Director for FOCUS. It is her great joy to share the Gospel and the hope of Jesus with private and independent school students in our city through small-group breakfast meetings, mentorships, and summer programs. You can learn more about supporting her ministry here or email her.

Local Missionary

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 with YWAM 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. If you’d like learn how to support Chops’ ministry, please email him.

Local Missionary
Kelsey Verrill Missionary

Kelsey Verrill

Kelsey was born in Norman, Oklahoma, where she learned the art of belly laughing and brewing coffee. Shortly after encountering Jesus for the first time in 2012, Kelsey’s love for the nations and God’s people was stirred. She moved to San Francisco in October 2016, where she has been working as a missionary with YWAM SF in the Discipleship Training School, which is a 6-month missions training program involving weekly lectures, mentorship, and both local and overseas outreach. She is also the Food Pantry Coordinator and oversees a weekly program that provides food for over 300 households in the Tenderloin. If you’d like learn how to support Kelsey’s ministry, please email her.

Local Missionary

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 U.S. to pursue that calling. Tinita has been working with YWAM San Francisco ever since. She works with a team called Restoration Initiatives, ministering amongst the poor, marginalized, and broken on the streets of the Tenderloin — and she loves it! Through a drop-in center and a year-long Christian discipleship community called 360, Tinita responds to the practical, emotional, and spiritual needs of homeless, the addicted, and dealers on the streets. To learn how to support her ministry, please email her.

Local Missionary

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 and donate to their ministry 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.

Local Missionary
Monica Finnigan

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. You can support Monica’s ministry here.

Local Missionary
Laina Humbles

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 from Ventura, California, in August of 2015, and she is now a part of Because Justice Matters. She teaches English as a second language, serves as BJM’s Volunteer Coordinator, and teaches dance to young girls in the Tenderloin.  Laina loves a good cup of coffee, telling stories, and being at the beach whenever she can. If you’d like to learn how to support Laina’s ministry, please email her.

Local Missionary

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 for 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. You can visit Melissa’s website and support her ministry 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. You can support his ministry here.

Local Missionary

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 watch Sameh share his story with Reality SF here. And you can support his ministry through Crescent Project here.

Local Missionary

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. You can visit her blog or support her ministry here.

Local Missionary

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. You support her ministry here.

Local Missionary

Celeste & Alper Vural

Alper and Celeste are both recent Cal Berkeley grads and were heavily involved with Cru; it’s where Alper as a freshman came to faith in Jesus and where Celeste’s faith grew exponentially thanks to older women who invested in her. They both now serve as interns with Berkeley Cru and are privileged to be back with their fellow Golden Bears discipling and sharing the Gospel with students. You can support their ministry here.


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Kjaere Friestad

Kjaere (or KJ) has been part of the Reality Family of Churches since the very beginning. She moved to San Francisco to help with the RSF church plant and to work in the city. In 2013, KJ went on a 2-week missions trip to South Africa and saw an opportunity to use the knowledge, gifts, and ministry she had been developing on a more long-term mission there. She is now there on mission as an extension of Reality SF, creating better healthcare options for children in the poorest areas of South Africa. KJ works with community doctors to offer free or discounted medical care to children with extreme needs; she also helps educate parents about handling health issues through the medical system in South Africa. You can learn more about her work here.


A Pathway to Serve

Getting Involved

Because we so greatly value our Local Ministry Partners, our goal is to provide them with able, organized, and effective volunteers. Below, you can read about our partners and reach out to them directly about their volunteer opportunities. For more short-term or one-off serving opportunities with organizations in our city, go here.

Local Ministry Partner

Because Justice Matters

Because Justice Matters is building pathways to brighter futures for women and girls in urban communities.
Volunteer Opportunities:  Nail Day, Dance Classes, Mother’s Ministry, ESL Childcare. To request more info, please fill out this form.


Local Ministry Partner


YWAM San Francisco is a local branch of Youth With a Mission based in the heart of the Tenderloin, where it specializes in organizing and equipping volunteers for a variety of urban ministries, especially discipleship with the homeless and marginalized.
Volunteer Opportunities: Thursday Food Pantry, Friday Hot Chocolate Ministry, Kitchen, Maintenance, and Drop-in Center


Local Ministry Partner

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.
Volunteer Opportunities: Skill-Building Workshops, Career Panels, Mock Interviews, and Resume Workshops


Local Ministry Partner

Young Life

Young Life San Francisco is a local branch of the national organization focused on building loving relationships with kids.
Volunteer Opportunities: Become a Young Life Leader for: Middle School, High School, College, Special Needs or Teen Moms, or Join the Board

Local Ministry Partner

City Hope

City Hope partners 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, seeking to change lives through persistent relationship.
Volunteer Opportunities: Monday Game Nights, Tuesday Grocery Delivery, Wednesday Movie Nights, Monthly Community Breakfast, County Jail Fellowship, County Jail Mentorship.


Local Ministry Partner

San Francisco City Academy

San Francisco City Impact exists to intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco. City Impact’s most strategic ministry is SF City Academy.
Volunteer Opportunities: Lunch Program, PE Program, Library Program, and Math Program


Local Partner

Mission Graduates

Mission Graduates seeks to equip K-12 students in San Francisco’s Mission District to graduate and succeed in college.
Volunteer Opportunities: After School Programs, Writing Partners, Math Coaches, Career Mentors, College Research Coaches, Subject Tutors, Latina Tech Mentorship, ESL and Language Exchange, Development Task Force, Communications Task Force, and Internships


Local Ministry Partner

Old Skool Cafe

Located in the Bayview District of San Francisco, Old Skool Cafe operates a full-service supper club where at-risk young adults literally run the operation. Every aspect of Old Skool Cafe’s program is intentionally designed to provide solid alternatives to a life of crime and poverty.
Volunteer Opportunities: Bartender, Restaurant Front of House support/trainer, Entertainment (age 22 and under), Marketing, Life Skills Speaker (Time Management/Communication/Personal Finance), Life Coach, Office Admin, and “Champion” (Host Happy Hour/Church Liaison/Corporate Ambassador)

Local Partner

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.
Volunteer Opportunities: Shelter, Advocates, Professional Skills/Pro-Bono Services, such as: Dermatologists, Trauma-Informed Therapists and Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses, HIV/STI Counselors, Dentists and Orthodontists, Physical Trainers, CPR & First Aid Trainers, Professional Translators, Interpreters (Especially: Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese), Grant-writers, Media-Relations Specialist, Graphic designers, and Printers for brochures, flyers and reports. Also internships.


Local Partner

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.
Volunteer Opportunities: Translating (mostly Spanish and Chinese), Childcare, Assist in the Office, Client Services, Lafayette Delivery Team, Mom to Mom Mentors, Other Opportunities, Volunteer Training


Local Partner

Open Door Legal

Pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil representation, Open Door Legal (formerly Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal) provides legal counsel to low and moderate income residents of the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood and beyond.
Volunteer Opportunities: For New Lawyers, Law Grads, Experienced Lawyers, Non-Legal Professionals — Pro-bono help on marketing, communications, human resources, accountants and financial evaluators.


Global Partner

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.

Global Ministry Partner

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.

Global Partner
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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.

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San Francisco, CA 94103
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“These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

Colossians 2:17