WHO WE ARE

"Our mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus."
Renew Church wants to make a lasting difference in your life, in our community, and in the world.

Our mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus. That's how we're able to make a difference, and it's the driving force behind everything we do.

Your life
Wherever you are in life, you matter and you have a purpose. We want to help you become the person God has created you to be. Your journey has a next step and we want to help you find it. It may simply start with joining us regularly and learning to serve and give.  In the end, we want to help you find God's vision for your life.

You don't have to take the next step alone. With a strong community of friends, you can laugh, grow, and serve with people who genuinely care about you. Find a ConnectEngage, or Renew group to accompany you on your journey.

Your family
Strong families start with solid foundations which is why we partner with parents.  We want to provide the necessary tools to raise future followers of Christ.  Children and teens have opportunities throughout the week to engage with each other and grow in their relationships with God.

Our community and world
We are passionate about serving the global community and demonstrating God's love to others. Whether in person or online, individually or in groups, within our church and around the world, we are focused on supporting and engaging in relationships that provide relief and restoration to a hurting world.

Our Staff

Jamie Staples
Lead Pastor

Jamie and his family moved to Eau Claire in 2014 following the vision Jesus gave him to start Renew Church.  He is passionate about leading a church that invites people into the story of Jesus.  A place where people are transformed by experiencing who Jesus is and go out and transform our communities.  
Mitch Downing
Youth Pastor

Mitch is passionate about providing a place where students can come and just be themselves. Relationships are the heart of Mitch’s vision for TIDE youth ministries. As a community, he hopes we can walk alongside students. His desire is to equip them with a solid understanding of the Gospel and teaching them practical knowledge of how to use it to further the Kingdom of God. He also aims to encourage and equip parents to crush it when it comes to family discipleship!

Amanda Downing
Children's Pastor

Amanda is passionate about providing a safe and fun place for the children of Renew to thrive. She leads a group loving adults who teach kids about God's redeeming story. She believes that when families and the church work together in the discipleship of children, lives will be renewed, and children will come to know and follow Jesus.

David Yentsch
Worship Leader

David, along with his wife Jessica, is the worship leader at Renew. Music is one of Dave's biggest passions. He loves writing music and is working on songs specifically for this church body.

Along with music, Dave is very involved at home at his homestead, raising goats, chickens, rabbits and things yet to come. He and Jessica homeschool their 4 children and run a small business together as well.
Jessica Yentsch
Worship Leader

Jessica knew from a very young age that leading worship through music was part of who God created her to be. She has been leading worship in some for or another since her early teens. She loves seeing people enter into worship to our Savior, and to watch how their lives are changed.

Jessica is a stay at home, homeschooling, mom to 4 children. She also runs a small business at home with David. She loves her goats and chickens and is excited to see what God is continuing to do through her and her family's lives with all that He's given them.
Michelle Lellman
Administrator

Michelle is responsible for creatively executing many of our administrative duties. Using innovation to ensure things are running smoothly behind the scenes at Renew is her passion. She is visually driven to create beautiful things, from graphic content to interior design.

Evangelical Covenant Affirmations
We affirm the centrality of the word of God.
We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
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