We believe that every Christ-follower is in "full-time ministry," carrying out the message of Jesus to the world. That said, our church is led by a number of gifted and passionate people who serve for the sake of the good news of Jesus to our community and the world.
WILSON + NINA WANG
Lead Pastor and Children's pastor
In 5th grade, when other kids were dreaming about becoming an astronaut, firefighter or teacher, I thought, one day I want to start a church and I'll have a sign that says: "for imperfect people only." That sign sits at the front door of Renew Church OC and comforts everyone who walks in as well as myself. It reminds me every Sunday that I get to be flawed, raw, silly and me.
Aside from church, I’m thankful to be married to my sassy Aussie-Korean wife, Nina and we have a fat baby named Liam. I’m a hobby addict that can marker off my life in basketball, climbing, biking, boxing and now a dedicated beach volleyball player.
(Talbot Graduate with an M.A in Biblical Studies, Affiliate Staff with Epic Movement, Former Chaplain of Trinity Law School, Pastored for 15 years at Great Commission Church and Ambassador Church before launching Renew Church OC)
JONATHAN + KRISTEN WHITMORE
Jonathan grew up in San Diego in a Christian family, but did not receive Christ as his personal Savior until later in high school. Kristen grew up in Visalia, CA, and received Christ during her freshman year of college. They both attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and there were involved with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), which is how they met. They now have two awesome kiddos, Lucy and Lincoln.
Rachyl Rowden is the administrative assistant, providing support to the ministerial staff and church office operations. She loves that her job gives her the opportunity to serve each ministry and in return further the vision and mission of Renew Church OC. Rachyl began serving in church ministry at a very young age and has a wide range of experience serving in various ministries, church plants and events. Her favorite hobbies are laughing, spending time with friends, collecting succulents, singing, and having dance parties with her daughter Avery.
Families and Married Pastor
Dave Jung is the Family Ministries Pastor here at Renew Church. His passion is to lead and encourage the spiritual growth of the families through small groups and community involvement. He loves Ministry, Marvel comics, Mixed Martial Arts, and Movies. He loves sports and is into watching almost any sport known to man!!!
director of sound/tech
Jesse Ortiz is the Director of Sound/Tech at Renew, which basically means that he is in charge of everything that you see and hear at Renew. Jesse grew up in the church but didn’t begin to believe any of it till he was 19. But since then he has done everything he can to help the church as much as possible. Being the nerdy guy this means helping in whatever technical needs the church could possibly have. Besides that Jesse currently works as a Social Media Manager for a YouTube Channel, and is constantly making short films that no one will ever see.
director of COLLEGE MINISTRY
Mark is the pastoral intern and director of college ministries at Renew. College was crucial in his spiritual development and laid the long-term foundation for Mark’s relationship with God. As a result, he is passionate about leading students into a deeper relationship with Christ, wherever they might be in their life journey. Mark loves to fill his shelves with nerdy collectibles which consists of Pop! figures, keychains, and statues. If you are lucky enough to be invited over, you can see them on display!