Volunteer Stories

By: Reality SF

In this blog, we’ll post stories of men and women who sacrificially serve our community. To learn more about joining a Sunday serving team, click here.

Jon Logan
Morning Audio-Visual Team

Can you share about how you first got connected with this ministry?
My wife Rachel and I began coming to Reality a few months after the church started, and we immediately got involved by hosting the first Sunset Community Group. Rachel began volunteering with the Hospitality Team and I jumped in running sound on Sunday mornings. Having run sound at my previous church, I knew that it was something that I enjoyed doing and that it’s a role that can be a bit harder to get volunteers for, so it kind of seemed like a natural fit. I’ve been involved ever since and it’s been great to contribute to the worship experience in this way.

Members of the AV team are often the first volunteers to arrive and have a large time commitment on Sundays, why do you do it?
It’s an early call time on Sunday mornings, but I’m already awake with my kids earlier than that, so it works out for me! Between setting up, sound check, and Pre-Gathering Prayer, there’s a lot that has to happen each week for everything to go smoothly. You could say that we’re doing a good job if you don’t notice us. Being one of the first people here in the morning is also kind of special. With nothing setup on the stage coming in, it’s kind of like a blank canvas to see what God wants to create from week to week. The AV Team starts the morning out with a prayer to turn our hearts to service and invite the Holy Spirit to guide everything we do the rest of the morning.

What have you experienced through serving?
A few main things stand out. First is that it’s amazing to see the fruits of service. It’s great to see how people connect with the Spirit and respond positively to the worship and teaching. It’s the culmination of many people contributing to help make it happen, working towards a common goal. I have a small part in making that happen, and it’s great to see other people working in their respective gifts for the glory of God. The second thing I’ve experienced in serving are the awesome people I get to serve with. I’ve had a chance to meet and serve with other volunteers who share a heart for serving in similar capacities. I’ve also had the opportunity to share some of the sound knowledge I have with others through training and that’s been fulfilling. Lastly, I would just say that I feel more connected to the church by contributing to it and not just attending. I’ve experienced a lot in the last 9 years, but I’m still glad to be doing something that can bless all of you.

Danielle Mathersul
Evening Audio-Visual Team

Can you share about how you first got connected with this ministry?
Well, I moved to the States about 5 or so years ago from Sydney, Australia, first to Philly, and then to SF, and I’ve been here almost 3 years now! I play acoustic guitar and have served on worship teams before, but I had an injury that prevented me from playing for awhile. I just really wanted to get involved at Reality as soon as possible, and then opportunity came up for me to learn how to run sound from one of our volunteers. It’s something I was really keen to learn more about, since it taps into my passion for music, and you guys were willing to take a chance on me so here I am!

Members of the AV team are often the first volunteers to arrive and have a large time commitment on Sundays, why do you do it?
Well, my love languages are quality time and acts of service, so volunteering in any capacity is really the way that I personally best serve God and my church family. Also, as I mentioned, I’m really passionate about music, and by serving on the AV Team, I get to be here for sound check and rehearsals, and then the full gathering, so I kind of get a double dose of worship music.

What have you experienced through serving?
I really love seeing what goes into the entire evening gathering, from start to finish, because there really is so much that goes on behind the scenes to make things run smoothly. I love the heart and the commitment of each of our volunteers who serve. And I love that we get to spend time together each Sunday to intercede for everyone who walks through the doors at Dolores Park Church. It’s so cool to see what God has been doing, and is still doing, in and through our community.