About Us

Our Story

Renewal Presbyterian Church is an actively growing Christian community in the greater Philadelphia region. Renewal consists of two churches, one location in the city, Renewal West Philly, and the other in the suburbs, Renewal Main Line.

Renewal West Philly is located in the Cedar Park neighborhood of West Philly and is composed mainly of the age group that is traditionally missing in many churches across the American landscape. Our congregation ranges from college students to young families, with a growing number of children.

Renewal is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Renewal is reformed in theology, Presbyterian in government, Evangelical in spirit and mission minded.

Our Mission

To ignite a gospel-spreading movement through multiple local congregations in the greater Philadelphia area and the world, so that individuals, communities, and cultures are renewed in Christ.

  • To ignite a gospel-spreading movement.
    We are passionate about seeing the gospel transform lives all over our region unto God’s glory.

  • Through multiple local congregations.
    We believe that the progress of the gospel is most effectively accomplished by God through the local church that incarnates the gospel to their neighboring contexts. As one church, we believe we can best spread the gospel throughout our region through multiple local congregations (campuses).

  • In the greater Philadelphia area and the world.
    Our prayer is join God’s mission of spreading the saving knowledge of Jesus throughout the world. We believe we are called to join His work both in our Philadelphia region, and internationally through missions.

  • Individuals, communities, and cultures are renewed in Christ.
    We see gospel transformation as an outward spiral that renews individuals, brings about a transformative counter-cultural community as they come together, who then work as a united body to serve and renew their local communities and impact their cultural spheres for the gospel. We desire to see this breadth and depth of gospel change at work.

Our Beliefs

Statement of Faith:

  • We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

  • We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  • We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.

  • We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.

  • We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.

  • We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.

  • We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Our Team Pastoral staff

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  • Reverend Dwight Yoo was born and raised in the Greater Philadelphia area. Dwight graduated with a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and has a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He and his wife Paula are blessed with 3 sons: Aiden, Evan and Dylan. Dwight has been serving as the senior pastor of Renewal Church West Philadelphia since 2009. He enjoys finding new restaurants with his wife and playing in city sports leagues. Dwight and Paula are grateful to be ministering in the city they know so well, and love.

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  • Homegrown at Renewal through the college ministry, Reverend Charles Han serves as the Executive Pastor, overseeing the day-to-day operations and ministries of the church. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Charles was born and raised in the Chicago area, graduated with a BS in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, and received a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is a die-hard fan of the Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks, Eagles (not a Bears fan!), and Arsenal FC. Charles is often reading from his ever-growing theological library, and frequenting websites like ESPN/Grantland, The Gospel Coalition, and Pitchfork Media.

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  • Reverend Dan Whang was raised in Livingston, New Jersey. Dan graduated with a BA in Sociology from Rutgers University and has a Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. Dan has been on staff as the Renewal College Fellowship’s lead pastor for over a decade. Dan is an ordained minister in the Korean-American Presbyterian Church (KAPC). While RCF is his top priority, Dan enjoys running around Philadelphia, playing softball, eating Sichuan Chinese food, and engaging in social media so his sermons to college students have a relatable context.

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  • Pastor Paul was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. He flew over to America to attend Duke University from which he received a BS in Biology. Paul received his Master of Divinity from Westminster Theology Seminary and is currently a student there for his last degree ever (woohoo!). After serving as the English Ministry pastor at Emmanuel Church, Paul is now serving Renewal Church as the assistant college pastor. Paul’s other passions include soccer (Visca Barca!), playing first, watching second, wants to be a coffee connoisseur, and aspires to publish a New York Times bestseller one day.

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  • Pastor John was born in South Korea. He moved back and forth from Seoul to Chicago during the early part of his youth. His family finally settled in Palm Harbor, Florida, and he graduated with Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida. Then, he moved to Philadelphia and received his Master of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary. John is a very passionate fan of One Piece manga and can discuss about it nonstop. He is also passionate about singing and enjoys music. He spends his free time surfing on Youtube, reading manga, watching anime, eating good food, and napping. He also likes looking at and playing with big dogs.

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  • Pastor Justin was born and raised in/around Philadelphia. Justin graduated from Temple University with a BA in Sociology and is currently working on a Master of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary. He joined Renewal as a college freshman and has served as a student-leader and praise team drummer. Currently, he serves as a pastoral intern for Renewal College Fellowship. Justin is also engaged to fellow Renewal member Pearl Choe, and they plan to get married next Summer! Outside of ministry and school, Justin’s passions include music, drumming, cooking, eating, playing board/video games and spending time with others.

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  • John has been serving at Renewal since 1999 after moving to the area for medical school. School begot residency, and residency begot employment in West Philadelphia where he currently practices Psychiatry. He and his wife can be found chasing their three children around the house and neighborhood just two blocks from church. In their spare time…wait, did you catch the fact that they have three kids — there is no spare time! In his borrowed time, he enjoys running and playing disc golf at Sedgley Woods.

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  • Isaac is originally from Los Angeles and has been living in Philadelphia since 1997. Isaac is a city planner and economic development consultant. Isaac and Arlene, along with their three children, Abigail, Nate, and Emma, live in the Cedar Park neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Isaac’s hobbies include staying up late to watch UCLA basketball games and listening to Car Talk podcasts on the 34 Trolley.

 

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  • Dan grew up in Southern California, and moved to Philadelphia for medical school.  He has attended Renewal since 2010, and served on the praise team until he became a deacon.  During his time here, God has cultivated in him a heart to connect with and understand others who share this community and also a desire for obedience to the Holy Spirit in all aspects of life. 

    Dan is married to Charlene, and they have a joyful daughter, Gabbi.  He serves as an Internal Medicine Physician at Esperanza Health Center in North Philadelphia striving to grow in cultivating holistic health as he and his patients seek to reconcile body, spirit, mind, and community. He also has a passion for photography, food, and a strong conviction to steward well, that which God entrusts to him.

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  • Jason has attended Renewal since 2010 after moving from Rochester NY to West Philadelphia shortly after marrying his wife Krissy. After many years of serving as a community group leader, he was blessed to join the diaconate at Renewal Church in 2017. He is eager to see how God will bless the community of West Philadelphia through Renewal Church.

    Jason currently works as a social worker for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, playing disc golf and spending time with his children.
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  • Sung was born in South Korea but grew up and went to university in Philadelphia. He has been attending Renewal since 2013 while working in IT project management. Through the leadership and community at Renewal, Sung has been challenged to follow Christ as a real disciple and not just a fan cheering Him on from the sidelines. God has been stretching his heart to actively care and participate in His kingdom work both in and outside the church. Sung is confident that the saving work of Christ will unite and empower us to build longer tables for others to join us for God’s banquet and share His love and grace.

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  • Jae has attended Renewal since the fall of 2005 and has served Renewal in different capacities such as; Children’s Ministry, Worship Committee and as a community group leader. Renewal is the only church he has known and considers it home. He feels blessed and honored to be called to serve in the role of deacon, as he feels it coincides with his interests.

    Jae is employed as a network engineer and his wife Miriam is serving as the Children’s Ministry director.

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  • Daniel has attended Renewal since 2003 when he moved to Philadelphia for an internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Daniel became an official member of Renewal the following year. After many years of serving on Welcoming and Worship Committees and our Quo Vadis Ministry, Daniel is now serving as a deacon at Renewal.

    Daniel currently works for Main Line Health as an Internal Medicine Physician.

 

deaconesses

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  • Krissy has attended Renewal since 2010 after moving from St. Louis, MO. She has been active in serving the church and community in various roles. She also joined the diaconate team with her husband, Jason, in 2017. She’s passionate about activating people in the church to get involved in their surrounding communities, loves planning a good party, and will fight to the death defending her St. Louis Cardinals. Krissy can be found at any of the playgrounds throughout the neighborhood chasing after her children and guzzling iced coffee.

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  • Pauline is a native Californian and started attending Renewal in 2010 when she moved here to attend nursing school at Thomas Jefferson University. Though she’s never quite gotten used to (and probably never will) winters on the east coast, Philadelphia has become her second home. Currently she is working at Esperanza Health Center as a nurse care manager.

    Pauline has spent time serving in the multimedia team, Quo Vadis, children’s ministry and has led community group at Renewal Church.  She is excited to be part of the diaconate and see how God will continue to grow our church in the years to come.

 

Staff

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  • Miriam was born in Bolivia and moved to South Jersey at the age of 15. She grew up in a Christian home, but met the Lord through the youth group ministry at Emmanuel Church. Since her junior year in high school, she has spent every summer going on missions and helping run children’s ministries in various countries around the world. She felt called to ministry during one of those trips and decided to get a M.A. in Biblical counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary.  She also served as a youth group teacher and was a guest speaker for various children retreats and special events.
     
    She first served at Renewal as a community group leader for 7 years then a deaconess for six years and upon her first couple months of sabbatical, God called her back into ministry–now as the Children’s Ministry Director. She currently resides in West Philadelphia with her husband, Jae, and two daughters, Madison and Noelle.