Malia was born in Honolulu and raised in Marin, after her family moved to California when she was five years old. Originally brought up in a devout Catholic family, Malia drifted away from God in college, but after having an encounter with Jesus in her 40’s, Malia fully committed her life to Christ!
After receiving a degree in European history from UC Davis, Malia spent 35 years in hospitality sales and marketing for major hotels. However, she began to feel called towards vocational ministry after volunteering in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco and joining the non-profit organization Because Justice Matters as an unpaid staff member.
As Prayer Minister at Reality SF, Malia is passionate about the church encountering Jesus and experiencing the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. She provides administrative support and serves as a leader for the Prayer Ministry, actively working with her husband David to develop and foster a culture of prayer in the church. Malia also facilitates one-on-one Immanuel Prayer sessions with congregants, drawing from her training as a certified coach and presenter for Immanuel Practicum.
Outside of ministry and work, Malia loves spending time with her family, including her 10 grandchildren and, of course, her Siamese cat Jazz.
Meet Our Team
Learn about some of the other folks who lead our church.
Jessica Gracewski, Associate Pastor
Jessica is passionate about equipping others in their pursuit of Christ. As Associate Pastor, she works alongside the Executive Team, overseeing the development of our ministries focused on community and formation.Read their story
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
Tarik El-Ansary, Administration & Finance Pastor | Elder
In addition to serving as an elder, Tarik oversees our church’s finances, human resources, facilities, and legal contracts.Read their story