San Francisco Night Ministry, now at 54 years, is often referred to as the Church's "Night Shift."  We are engaged in over 21,000 significant conversations, and serve over 9,500 meals each year, becoming an important bridge and steady support for many people as they face the darkness of the night, but not alone.  We provide compassionate, non-judgmental pastoral care, care of the soul, counseling, referrals, and crisis intervention to anyone in any kind  of distress, every night of the year between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.    Learn more about what we do. 

Dear Friends,

Every night I give thanks for the opportunity to be part of Night Ministry’s mission to provide counseling, pastoral care and crisis intervention to those who are anxious, afraid, suffering or wondering. I’m also grateful for the programs that extend our mission farther and wider – our Open Cathedrals and Clinical Pastoral Education program; as well as our collaborations – Sacred Space–San Francisco and SF CARES, among others. It’s been an honor to serve these 14 years, first as an Assistant Night Minister, then as Night Minister beginning January 1, 2007.

After 12 years of serving as Night Minister, Lyle J Beckman has announced his plan to retire on August 31. Night Ministry’s Governing Board has begun the process to replace him. That process will include developing additional positions. The three available positions are:

  • CPE Supervisor
  • Night Minister
  • Executive Director/Program Manager

by Natalie Yemenidjian, KQED News, June 29, 2016


10:30 p.m.: Pastor Lyle Beckman, the S.F. Night Minister, waits for drag king Kit Tapata to finish her trivia hosting duties to talk about fliers for an upcoming fundraising. Helping others costs money and the Night Ministry relies on folks like Tapata. Beckman orders club sodas, but enjoys the community in local bars. As more neighborhood bars are priced out, he says the only people who talk to him at the new ‘sterile’ spots are the bartenders. (Natalie Yemenidjian/KQED)

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