Dave was born in the central valley of California, a town called Bakersfield (shout out Merle Haggard!). 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.
In addition to serving as an elder at Reality SF, Dave serves as Teaching & Vision Pastor, responsible for the overall pastoral vision and teaching of the church. He and his wife live near Mt. Davidson with their daughter Juniper Blue and golden doodle Prince. Dave’s first book, The Truest Thing About You, was a project that came from his lessons pastoring the first few years at RSF.
Meet Our Team
Learn about some of the other folks who lead our church.
Kevin Cooke, Marriage & Family Pastor | Elder
In addition to serving as an elder, Kevin provides oversight for our Marriage & Family Ministries, which pursue care and discipleship of married couples, parents, children, and youth.Read their story
Dale Gustafson, Executive Director
Dale oversees and manages the staff, helping them to lead and care for the ministries which they lead.Read their story
David McKinney, Prayer Minister
David supports, cultivates, and provides training for prayer in our church, while also facilitating prayer counseling sessions.Read their story