Our Leadership

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Dwight Yoo, Senior Pastor

Dwight was born and raised in the greater Philadelphia area. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and has been serving as the senior pastor of Renewal since 2009.

Dwight and his wife Paula are blessed with 3 sons and 1 daughter: Aiden, Evan, Dylan, and Lilian (Lily). 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.

Rev. Ryan Egli, Executive Pastor
Ryan was raised in the cornfields of central Illinois. He graduated with BS in Biblical Studies and Communications from Grace College and a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary. He is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry degree at Missio Seminary focusing on contextualizing urban ministry and education. In 2007, the Egli’s moved into the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. He served as ministry director, pastor, and church planter with the Liberti Network of Chruches. He was ordained in Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in 2015.

Ryan is the husband of Allison and is the father of Jacob and Benjamin. The family lives in West Philadelphia. He enjoys sports, playing basketball, collecting vinyl, and exploring and learning about the neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Ryan joined the team at Renewal Presbyterian Church in 2020 and is excited to be a part of igniting a gospel-spreading movement in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond.

Rev. Dan Whang, Center city campus Pastor

Dan was raised in Livingston, New Jersey. He graduated with a BA in Sociology from Rutgers University and a Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. Dan has been on staff as the Renewal College Fellowship’s lead pastor since 2007. He is an ordained minister in the Korean-American Presbyterian Church (KAPC).

Dan enjoys running around Philadelphia, playing softball, eating Sichuan Chinese food, and engaging in social media.

Rev. Travis Drake, Community Groups Pastor

Travis was born and raised in sunny Southern California. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a BA in Political Science, he moved to Washington DC and worked for various branches of the government. It was in DC that Travis met his wife, Esther, and there that God blessed them with 3 sons: big brother Cal and twin boys, Lachlan and Lleyton.

Travis felt a call to ministry in DC and completed a Masters of Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary. He became the Pastor of Community Groups at Renewal in July 2018, and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). When he isn’t busy chasing his sons around, he likes to cook and enjoy good food, visit art museums, listen to music, watch various sports (like Formula1 racing, the Tour de France, NFL football, ATP Tennis), play various sports and games, and help people discover anew God’s great grace in the Gospel.

Justin Kim, Director of College Ministry
Justin was born and raised in/around Philadelphia. He graduated from Temple University with a BA in Sociology and from Westminster Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. Since he joined Renewal as a college freshman, he has served as a student-leader, praise team drummer, and pastoral intern. Currently, he is the Director of College Ministry. Justin and his wife, Pearl live just steps away from the Renewal West Philly church building.

Outside of ministry, Justin’s passions include music, drumming, NBA, outdoor activities, cooking, eating, playing board/video games and spending time with others.

Elders

John Applegate
Isaac Kwon
Chris Chong

Deacons

Dan Chen
Jason Kim
Sung Park
Jae Sim
Daniel Sung

Deaconesses

Krissy Kim
Pauline Lee
Angela Kim
Euria Min

Staff

Miriam Sim

Children’s Ministry Director

Megan Lui

Administrative Assistant