We love because He first loved us.
— 1 John 4:19

THE BEGINNING

It all started with a small group of faithful brothers and sisters from Radiance Christian Church in SF and an idea to start a new church in South Bay so people wouldn’t have to drive an hour to church on Sundays. That idea turned into months of prayer and planning for Lead Pastor Mark Chun and the staff of Radiance. In the spring of 2016, Pastor Mark invited Ulysses Wang and his family to move from New York City to help plant the new church. Both lifelong New Yorkers, Ulysses and Christine believed that God was calling them to the Bay Area to do something new. They moved to California in August 2016 and launched Renewal Church on October 2, 2017.


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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.


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.


OUR VALUES


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.