Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
— Proverbs 19:21

THE BEGINNING

It all started with a small group of faithful brothers and sisters from Radiance Christian Church in SF and an idea to plant a new church in South Bay. In the spring of 2016, Lead Pastor Mark Chun invited Ulysses and Christine Wang and their children, Audrey and Noah, to move from New York City to the Bay Area. Both lifelong New Yorkers and after serving at Remnant Church for almost 13 years, Ulysses and Christine believed that God was calling them to go. It was a difficult decision but they packed up their bags and moved across the country in August 2016, trusting God had new things in store for them.

Over the next year, the Wangs attended Radiance while they planned and prepped. A pre-launch team was formed in February 2017 and small group meetings of about 25 people began in March 2017. After much wrestling and prayer, they believed God gave them the name Renewal and the verse “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5). Their desire was to see people experience the power of the Gospel and be made new in Him!

Renewal Church officially launched on October 1, 2017 at the Sunnyvale Community Center. It has been amazing and exciting to see God unfold His plans for this church!


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LEAD PASTOR/ELDER

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 was also very involved in campus ministry during her undergraduate years and counts that period of her life as very critical to her spiritual formation. She 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. She also oversees both the Renewal Kids and Youth ministries and takes care of church administration. Christine has a passion to see families be ministered to holistically so that parents can feel equipped to raise Christ-centered children!


OUR BELIEFS

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.


STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Statement of Faith affirms the church’s commitment to sound biblical doctrine and to the core beliefs to which it is committed. Christianity involves essential truths which are taught in Sacred Scripture and are meant to embody our faith and guide our practice. These truths—which reveal the nature, character, work and promises of God in the gospel—form the foundation of our faith and the center of our fellowship.

The theological distinctives within the Statement of Faith reflect what distinguishes Renewal Church from other churches who would affirm the basic doctrines. These distinctives indelibly shape the way that Renewal is led and the direction the church is headed. We do not expect all members to embrace all aspects of these distinctives, but members should expect that the distinctives will be maintained in all ministry environments at Renewal, and members may not teach contrary to them.


OUR VALUES

We uphold the following six values at Renewal Church:


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 and spreading the gospel message to those who don’t know Christ through church planting and missions work.