Originally from New York, Melissa grew up in a home with two Jewish-Christian parents who consistently served in ministry and missions. But it wasn’t until the age of 20 at a Reality LA church gathering that Melissa came to understand the depth of her need for Jesus and His loving sacrifice.
After studying Communications at SF State, she worked in retail, theatre, event planning, and music before joining Jews for Jesus to direct children and youth ministry on the West Coast. Coincidentally, her first Sunday in San Francisco in 2010 was also Reality SF’s first Sunday!
Over nearly a decade, God grew Melissa’s heart for the city, and especially for the young people, whom she sees as a powerful and essential part of God’s renewal here. Having helped launched RSF’s Youth Ministry years ago, she was thrilled to join staff as the Youth Pastor.
Melissa loves walking alongside young people in their relationship with Jesus and equipping them to partner in seeking renewal in our city. Nothing ignites Melissa’s soul like walking alongside young people in their relationship with Jesus. (She also loves the Giants, West-Coast Swing dancing, and pugs.)
Meet Our Team
Learn about some of the other folks who lead our church.
Amanda Kitada, Event Coordinator
As our Event Coordinator, Amanda plays a crucial role in the planning, organization, and execution of all events within our church.Read their story
Gretchen Robards, Connections Coordinator
Gretchen’s primary focus involves integrating people into the life of our church. In addition to connecting people with resources or one another, she also leads our Guest Services volunteer team.Read their story
Malia McKinney, Prayer Minister
Malia serves as the administrative coordinator and team leader for the Prayer Ministry, as well as, providing congregant support through one-on-one prayer sessions.Read their story