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!
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!
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.
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.