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.