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.
Marissa Smit, Children’s Ministry Director
Marissa equips volunteer teams, curates curriculum, and oversees Sunday operations in our Children's Ministry, The Village.Read their story
Candace Richardson, Assistant to Dave Lomas
Candace is responsible for coordinating Dave's meetings, showing hospitality to our guest teachers, and assisting with other pastoral initiatives and projects.Read their story
Brian Kim, Children’s Ministry Assistant Director
Brian seeks to love and serve the children and parents of our congregation by providing places and tools for families to grow in maturity, depth, and wisdom.Read their story