Ulysses Wang, Lead Pastor/Elder


In the spring of 2016, Pastor Mark Chun of Radiance Christian Church in SF invited Ulysses and his family to help start a new church in the South Bay. After much prayer, they believed that God was calling them to the Bay Area to do something new. Later that summer, their family headed West, excited for what God was going to do in this next phase of their ministry.

Ulysses has been heavily involved in Christian ministry since his college days. After graduating with a degree in finance from New York University and working in business for a couple years, Ulysses felt the call to vocational ministry. He received a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2006. For the past 14 years, he’s served as youth pastor, associate pastor, interim lead pastor, and missionary in Asia. He has a real heart for church planting and desires to cultivate a church where believers are passionate about engaging both in the Word of God and with the Spirit of God.

Christine has served alongside Ulysses from the moment they were engaged, bringing a God-given creativity, wisdom, and compassion to their relationship. She worked as a project manager at a media agency in Manhattan until she had their first child. Christine is now a stay-at-home mom to their children – Audrey & Noah – fun and awesome kids who have run alongside their parents since they were born.

Acts Ministries International

Renewal Church is a member of AMI – a community of churches seeking to model the spirituality, vision, and partnership exemplified in the book of Acts. AMI is committed to developing disciples of Christ within our churches as well as to spreading the gospel message to those who don’t know Christ through church planting and missions work.

Scriptural Centrality
Authentic Community
Intentional Discipleship
Fervent Prayer
Manifest Presence
Evangelistic Mission

Our Values

Scriptural Centrality

We hold unwaveringly to the Bible as our ultimate guide for life and ministry.

Central to the life of any community of believers must be a commitment to faithfully study, meditate upon, teach and preach the Scriptures. Though millennia have passed since most of the Bible was written, its teachings and principles are timeless in their relevance to and applicability for our modern condition.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.


—Matthew 7:24

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.


—Psalm 119:105

Our Values

Authentic Community

We relate to one another as members of the family of God.

The church is not primarily a social club, bound together by common backgrounds or similar interests, but rather a spiritual community founded upon our adoption as sons and daughters of God. With love as our rule, we seek to encourage, build up and correct one another, that each person may fully realize his or her potential in Christ.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.


—1 Peter 4:8

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


—Hebrews 10:24-25

Our Values

Intentional Discipleship

We realize that spiritual growth doesn’t happen by accident, but through an intentional decision to pursue Christlikeness.

One of the primary functions of the church is to provide an environment where everyone, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey, can take the next step toward knowing and becoming like Christ.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”


—Matthew 16:24

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.


—1 Corinthians 11:1

Our Values

Fervent Prayer

We believe that apart from God we can do nothing.

The true depth of such dependence is evidenced most clearly in a church’s commitment to prayer, both personal as well as corporate. Throughout history, the most powerful moves of God have invariably been precipitated by a renewed devotion to prayer, and we believe the same to be true for today.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.


—2 Chronicles 7:14

Our Values

Manifest Presence

We seek the power and leading of the Spirit in everything we do.

The Holy Spirit is not a theological concept – He is the third Person of the Trinity who actively empowers us to live according to God’s Word and to participate in His mission. In addition to birthing faith within us and helping us to grow, the Holy Spirit’s presence is also manifested through spiritual gifts, healing and signs and wonders.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.


—1 Corinthians 4:20

As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.


—Matthew 10:7-8

Our Values

Evangelistic Mission

We endeavor to fulfill the Great Commission.

The second coming of Jesus is not a future event to be passively awaited, but a new era whose dawning we can participate in hastening. We seek to spread the Gospel locally, globally and among unreached people groups through witness, church planting and missions.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


—Matthew 28:19-20

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.


—Matthew 24:14

You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.


—2 Peter 3:11b-12a

Our values

  • 1. Scriptural Centrality

    We hold unwaveringly to the Bible as our ultimate guide for life and ministry.

    Central to the life of any community of believers must be a commitment to faithfully study, meditate upon, teach and preach the Scriptures. Though millennia have passed since most of the Bible was written, its teachings and principles are timeless in their relevance to and applicability for our modern condition.

    Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.


    —Matthew 7:24

    Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.


    —Psalm 119:105

  • 2. Authentic Community

    We relate to one another as members of the family of God.

    The church is not primarily a social club, bound together by common backgrounds or similar interests, but rather a spiritual community founded upon our adoption as sons and daughters of God. With love as our rule, we seek to encourage, build up and correct one another, that each person may fully realize his or her potential in Christ.

    Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.


    —1 Peter 4:8

    And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


    —Hebrews 10:24-25

  • 3. Intentional Discipleship

    We realize that spiritual growth doesn’t happen by accident, but through an intentional decision to pursue Christlikeness.

    One of the primary functions of the church is to provide an environment where everyone, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey, can take the next step toward knowing and becoming like Christ.

    Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”


    —Matthew 16:24

    Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.


    —1 Corinthians 11:1

  • 4. Fervent Prayer

    We believe that apart from God we can do nothing.

    The true depth of such dependence is evidenced most clearly in a church’s commitment to prayer, both personal as well as corporate. Throughout history, the most powerful moves of God have invariably been precipitated by a renewed devotion to prayer, and we believe the same to be true for today.

    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


    — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.


    —2 Chronicles 7:14

  • 5. Manifest Presence

    We seek the power and leading of the Spirit in everything we do.

    The Holy Spirit is not a theological concept – He is the third Person of the Trinity who actively empowers us to live according to God’s Word and to participate in His mission. In addition to birthing faith within us and helping us to grow, the Holy Spirit’s presence is also manifested through spiritual gifts, healing and signs and wonders.

    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.


    —1 Corinthians 4:20

    As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.


    —Matthew 10:7-8

  • 6. Evangelistic Mission

    We endeavor to fulfill the Great Commission.

    The second coming of Jesus is not a future event to be passively awaited, but a new era whose dawning we can participate in hastening. We seek to spread the Gospel locally, globally and among unreached people groups through witness, church planting and missions.

    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


    —Matthew 28:19-20

    And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.


    —Matthew 24:14

    You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.


    —2 Peter 3:11b-12a

Our Beliefs

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Renewal’s beliefs can be summarized as evangelical, Reformed, and continuationist.

Evangelical because at the heart of all our beliefs is the Gospel of Jesus Christ – the marvelous truth that Jesus died and was raised so that sinners could be reconciled to God.

Reformed because we are committed to the doctrines of grace and an unshakable belief that the Bible is the sole infallible source of truth of authority.

Continuationist because we believe that the supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit, commonly referred to as the “gifts of the Spirit,” are both active and to be sought after in the church today.

We believe the Bible, in its original manuscripts – both the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament – is the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian faith and living.

There is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty, and perfect in holiness, truth and love. In the unity of the godhead there are three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – co-existent, co-equal, co-eternal. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Spirit, yet each is truly Deity. One God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is the foundation of Christian faith and life.

God has revealed himself through the Bible, nature, man’s conscience, prophets and His Son. The Father is the creator of the universe and has purposed all events in history according to his eternal plan. He made man for fellowship with himself and intended that all creation should live to the praise of his glory.

Jesus Christ is the perfect image of the invisible God. He is God’s uniquely begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin. When he was conceived and born on the earth he became fully man while continuing to be fully God. He lived a perfect life and died on the cross as a substitute to pay the penalty for the sins of the elect. He was buried and rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven where he is currently interceding for us as our high priest.

The Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He regenerates and sanctifies man and is our abiding helper, guide and teacher. He desires to fill each believer continually with increased power for Christian life and witness. He imparts his supernatural gifts for the edification of the church and for various works of ministry in the world. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first century are available today and are vital for the mission of the church and are to be earnestly desired and practiced.

We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and restoration of relationship with God be obtained.

All believers in Jesus Christ who have been elected by God to be a member of his family are baptized by the Spirit and joined together into one body, the universal Church, whose head is Jesus. Its mission is to make disciples and preach the good news of the gospel of Christ to all nations. The local church is a body of believers who associate together for work, worship and fellowship. The ordinances symbolizing this spiritual union are believers’ water baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

We believe in the visible, personal, glorious, imminent return of Jesus Christ, bodily resurrection of the dead, the rapture of the Church, the judgment of the just and the unjust and the fulfillment of Christ’s Kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God who makes all things new.

  • Overview

    Renewal’s beliefs can be summarized as evangelical, Reformed, and continuationist.

    Evangelical because at the heart of all our beliefs is the Gospel of Jesus Christ – the marvelous truth that Jesus died and was raised so that sinners could be reconciled to God.

    Reformed because we are committed to the doctrines of grace and an unshakable belief that the Bible is the sole infallible source of truth of authority.

    Continuationist because we believe that the supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit, commonly referred to as the “gifts of the Spirit,” are both active and to be sought after in the church today.

  • Bible

    We believe the Bible, in its original manuscripts – both the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament – is the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian faith and living.

  • Trinity

    There is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty, and perfect in holiness, truth and love. In the unity of the godhead there are three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – co-existent, co-equal, co-eternal. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Spirit, yet each is truly Deity. One God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is the foundation of Christian faith and life.

  • God

    God has revealed himself through the Bible, nature, man’s conscience, prophets and His Son. The Father is the creator of the universe and has purposed all events in history according to his eternal plan. He made man for fellowship with himself and intended that all creation should live to the praise of his glory.

  • Bible

    Jesus Christ is the perfect image of the invisible God. He is God’s uniquely begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin. When he was conceived and born on the earth he became fully man while continuing to be fully God. He lived a perfect life and died on the cross as a substitute to pay the penalty for the sins of the elect. He was buried and rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven where he is currently interceding for us as our high priest.

  • Holy Spirit

    The Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He regenerates and sanctifies man and is our abiding helper, guide and teacher. He desires to fill each believer continually with increased power for Christian life and witness. He imparts his supernatural gifts for the edification of the church and for various works of ministry in the world. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first century are available today and are vital for the mission of the church and are to be earnestly desired and practiced.

  • Mankind

    We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and restoration of relationship with God be obtained.

  • Church

    All believers in Jesus Christ who have been elected by God to be a member of his family are baptized by the Spirit and joined together into one body, the universal Church, whose head is Jesus. Its mission is to make disciples and preach the good news of the gospel of Christ to all nations. The local church is a body of believers who associate together for work, worship and fellowship. The ordinances symbolizing this spiritual union are believers’ water baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

  • Consummation

    We believe in the visible, personal, glorious, imminent return of Jesus Christ, bodily resurrection of the dead, the rapture of the Church, the judgment of the just and the unjust and the fulfillment of Christ’s Kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God who makes all things new.