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.
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
Wilson Leung, Lay Elder
As a Lay Elder, Wilson is passionate about teaching, discipleship, and going through real life together.Read their story
David McKinney, Prayer Ministry Director
David supports, cultivates, and provides training for prayer in our church, while also facilitating prayer counseling sessions.Read their story