Tarik is a first-generation American with both his parents being native Egyptians. Growing up in a non-practicing Muslim home, he always remembered believing in a God but not knowing who He is.
Tarik surrendered his life to Jesus later in his life after years of being involved with drugs and serving time in federal prison. Tarik’s life began to flourish once he committed his life to following Jesus.
He was part of Reality Carpinteria when he met Dave Lomas during a summer internship in 2008. Eventually, he moved with Dave to San Francisco and helped him plant Reality SF. In addition to serving as an elder at Reality SF, Tarik also oversees the church’s finances, human resources, facilities, and business contracts. He and his wife Erika live in the Sunset District with their two biological daughters, Isabelle and Evelyn, and a foster child.
Meet Our Team
Learn about some of the other folks who lead our church.
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
David McKinney, Prayer Minister
David supports, cultivates, and provides training for prayer in our church, while also facilitating prayer counseling sessions.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