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About Us

Renew City Church Vision

Our Pastor

Edward Dhanpat Jr.

Edward Dhanpat Jr. is a 2nd generation American. His parents immigrated from Guyana in South America. His parents worked hard and that work ethic was passed on to him. He is a native New Yorker and so he gets the complexity of ministry in a difficult city. He attended NYC public schools most of his life. He completed his undergraduate work (B.A. in Psychology) at CUNY Queens College, and his graduate work (M. Div.) at Bethel Seminary of the East. He is an ordained minister with over 10 years of full-time ministry experience. He also has 5 years of church planting experience. His wife, Mahwish, is a Pakistani Christian and immigrated to New York City when she was five. He and his wife have a son, Justus, who is almost 7 years old. His passion is to start a movement of multiethnic and multigenerational churches that seek the prosperity of New York City.

What Shapes

Our DNA

Vision

To see a Gospel Movement of, Multiethnic, Metro focused, Multigenerational, Multiplying Churches. 

Mission 

To renew our city with the “good news” of Jesus, one relationship at a time

Our

Culture Shifts

From Searching to Satisfied

Our souls long for satisfaction in something bigger than ourselves.  The Gospel message teaches us that Jesus Christ came to earth from heaven, lived among us, died on our behalf, and was raised from the dead.  His death saved us from the grips of sin and his resurrection freed us to live the way we were intended.  Our relationship with ourselves, others, and God is radically changed because of Jesus. And we believe that our souls find their satisfaction when we center our lives on the truth of the good news of Jesus.  (1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Phil 3:8,9)  

From Strangers to Family

Jesus’s church was meant to be modeled after a family.   This new family was intended to spreads across every people group.  This means that the church is place where strangers can become legitimate members of God’s family.  That means that the church should be less like a fraternity and more like a multiethnic family.  So the church is essentially a family on a mission to extend God’s love to all who haven’t received it. While that can be messy at times, we believe that God takes messy things and makes them marvelous. (Eph 2:19)

From Self-Serving to Serving Others

Faith is not a leap but a climb. It’s a lifelong journey with many steps.  But one of the keys steps we all will take as we move towards Jesus is serving others.  But that will look different for everyone.  We want to encourage our community toward a direction rather than a destination. So regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey, whether you’re exploring, questioning, or following Jesus, our community will seek to help you connect with God by giving you opportunities to serve others. 

From Consumers to Contributors

The Bible teaches that we should seek the peace and well- being of our city.  When we seek the well-being of our city, we all thrive! Our businesses, communities, and neighborhoods will thrive.  We want to be so good at serving our networks and neighbors that we would be missed if we left.  We also want to serve the marginalized through resourcing and relief. (Jeremiah 29:4-9)

From Barriers to Bridges

Jesus leads from the middle.  He breaks down division by standing in the middle and creating something new. Therefore, we value people who are willing give up the comforts of their culture, stand in the middle, and build others up.  It is not easy to maintain one’s cultural identity and still leave space to participate and appreciate others, but we believe that the power of the Gospel enables us to do it. (Ephesians 2:11-22)

Be part of something bigger than yourself.

Connect With Us

The church is supposed to be a family. A place where you fit in. A place where you belong. This page is intended to help you find the next step to take in order for you to get plugged in to our church family.