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.
Tyler Madsen, Music Ministry Director
Tyler shepherds and cultivates the musical/worship culture of Reality SF, while also guiding the overall experience of Sunday gatherings.Read their story
Matt Barrios, Leadership Training & Development Minister
Matt trains and develops leaders in our church, while also creating the Practice content for our Community Groups.Read their story
Jason Swanson, Sunday Volunteer Director
Jason manages Sunday logistics, while also caring pastorally for our amazing Sunday volunteers.Read their story