Our purpose is to be a family of love that cooperates with God in making fully devoted fruitful followers of Christ. We would love to see you this Sunday at New Life. Watch our welcome video and learn more below!
Meet Our Pastors
Pastor Luke and Melissa Dudenhofer
Luke Dudenhofer was raised in Stanton, Michigan, where his father served as a pastor. God saved Luke at a young age, and over several years directed him to pursue pastoral ministry. Luke came to Chicago to study at Moody Bible Institute and later, Moody Theological Seminary. Before joining with New Life, Luke ministered through teaching Junior and Senior High school students in urban schools for three years. In 2002, Pastor Luke helped lead the launch of New Life Bridgeport. He and his wife Melissa have been married since 1998. They find great joy in raising their three children and are excited to be part of God's mission of reconciliation - through the gospel of Jesus - in the Bridgeport community.
Shaolong and Melody Jiang
Yu Cui(Jackson) has been a member of New Life Community Church Bridgeport Mandarin since January 2015 and currently serves as the church planting resident. Jackson serves in various program capacities, such as leading Bible study group, discipleship training programs and new church location planning projects. Jackson is also in charge of the Mandarin congregation's original music ministry the "Burning Bush Worship Team."
Justin and Aasha Francis
Justin Francis was born and raised in Miami, Florida to two Jamaican immigrant parents. He grew up in church and is the youngest of four children. God saved Justin at the tender age of four and he was baptized at five. After owning his faith and completing a degree in Florida; Justin moved to Chicago to study at Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary where he earned his Bachelor’s and Masters Degrees in Pastoral Ministry.
In 2014 at the invitation of his then girlfriend, Justin visited the Englewood Lifegroup that was organized by Pastor Luke Dudenhofer of New Life Bridgeport. He then was married to the love of his life Aasha in 2015 and joined New Life Bridgeport that year as a Pastoral Intern and a member of the congregation. He became an Elder in 2017 and Associate Pastor in 2021.
Justin is passionate about The Life Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, discipleship, sound doctrine, biblical languages, accurate hermeneutics, Holy-Spirit filled exegesis and energetic preaching. Justin lives in Chicago with his Wife Aasha and their son Justin II (aka Duece). Justin has also been a professional artist, producer and musician for over 20 years. Check out his music and ministry at justinmartyr305.com.