November 9, 2017

About Us

OUR STORY

Renewal Church is an actively growing Christian community with a desire to plant churches throughout the greater Philadelphia region with the gospel. Renewal consists of two churches and three service locations, Renewal West Philly and its Renewal Center City Campus, and Renewal Main Line. All are comprised of people from various backgrounds and ages and range from college students to  families, with a growing number of children and youth.

Renewal Main Line initially began as a suburban church plant out of Renewal West Philly in 2010 with the name Renewal King of Prussia. In 2012, the church relocated to Devon, PA where it grew a conviction to plant multiple, local congregations in the suburbs. In line with this conviction, Renewal Devon joined with like-minded members from Renewal West Philly's City Ave Parish to begin Renewal Main Line in the Fall of 2017, with its current services held in the heart of the Main Line at Holy Child School at Rosemont.

OUR MISSION

To ignite a gospel-spreading movement through multiple local congregations by making, maturing, equipping, and deploying followers of Jesus Christ for the renewal of individuals, communities, and cultures.

  • 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 surrounding suburbs of Philadelphia and the world.
    Our prayer is to 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 respective neighborhoods, cities, regions, and internationally through missions.
  • Individuals, communities, and cultures are renewed in Christ.
    In addition to the Good News of salvation, we see the gospel transforming individuals who in turn come together to form counter-cultural communities. They then work as a united body to serve their respective neighborhoods.

What We Believe

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

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

Bill Smith
Senior Pastor

Bill has lived in and around the Philadelphia area most of his life and loves it here. He has pastored a couple different churches, been a faculty member and counselor at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, taught practical theology at several seminaries and authored a number of books and booklets. Bill and his wife Sally are closing in on three decades of marriage and have three children that they are helping launch into adulthood. Bill enjoys being with his family, cheering at his kids’ sporting events, rehabbing his home, gardening, cooking, watching movies and reading, especially novels. He is regularly captured by the unexpected ways that God engages people in scripture and loves unpacking those interactions so that modern people can experience Christ’s grace and kindness in the messiness of their own lives. Bill is set to be ordained and installed as Renewal's Senior Pastor in early 2020.

Luke Woo
Assistant Pastor

Luke was born in Korea but grew up in Downingtown, PA. He graduated from Penn State and has a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). While previously working in clinical research, Luke received a call to serve in Southeast Asia. He then served in the college ministry at Renewal West Philly before coming to Main Line to serve as the assistant pastor. He is happily married to the girl of his dreams, Joanna. They are both excited to see Renewal be a disciple-making church with a commitment to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth.

David Kim
Pastor of College and Youth Ministries

David was born in Lansdale, PA, but lived in South Korea until middle school. He lived in Northern Virginia for his high school years, and then graduated with a degree in Sociology from Temple University with a passion to serve as a pastor. He is currently finishing a Masters of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary, and had previously served at Cheltenham Presbyterian Church as the youth pastor for four years. He and his wife Lynn have been blessed with two children, Jean and Sean. They currently reside in Glenside. David loves music, photography, sports, and movies and has a gift of enjoying food to its fullest measures. David and Lynn are dedicated to be anywhere God calls them in order to be faithful followers of Christ.

Samantha Chan Kim
Director of Children's Ministry

Samantha is originally from Toronto. She came to Philadelphia for college where she attended the University of Pennsylvania. She is an architect. When she was previously a member at Renewal West Philly, she served in various capacities including children's ministry, youth group, praise team, and as a deaconess. She has a desire to see relationships formed within the church that cross age, occupational, and social boundaries. She loves seeing bridges built between the church and the community as people serve using the gifts God has given them. Sam lives in Wynnewood with her husband, Ed, and children, Isabelle and Spencer.  She loves baking, watching tv, and making lists. 

Joe Hyun
Ruling Elder
Juwon Suh
Ruling Elder
Mike Reig
Deacon
Sam Hwang
Ruling Elder
Tim Lee
Ruling Elder