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 Minister.
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.
Tobi Grunick, Leadership Care & Support Minister
Tobi oversees and cares for dozens of Community Group coaches, who in turn care for and support our church’s Community Group leaders.Read their story
Joe Tuson, Lay Elder
As a Lay Elder, Joe is most passionate about prayer and longs for us to prioritize intimacy with Jesus above everything.Read their story
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