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Meet Our Team
Mark and Dee Jobe - Senior Pastor
Mark is the Senior and Founding Pastor of New Life Community Church as well as the 10thPresident of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. He and his wife Dee have seen New Life grow from a handful of people to several thousand meeting at over twenty locations with over forty worship services each weekend.
Mark is also the founder of New Life Centers, an organization focused on helping youth in underserved areas of Chicago.
He holds a Masters degree from Moody Theological Seminary and a Doctorate degree from Bakke Graduate University. Mark is the author of UNSTUCK: Out of Your Cave, and Into Your Call and can be heard daily on his national radio program called Bold Steps.
Josiah Jobe — Lead Pastor
Josiah is currently the Lead Pastor of New Life Community Church and Location Pastor of New Life Midway. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Biblical Studies. He has been serving in various capacities of ministry along with preaching and teaching since the age of sixteen. Josiah is passionate about discipleship, communicating truth to this generation and raising young leaders to be agents of change. He has travelled and preached in numerous countries. His humor, scriptural insight, practical application, sensitivity to the Spirit, love for people and passion for truth makes Josiah is a gifted and compelling biblical communicator.
George and Margie Sosa — Spanish Pastor
Joshua and Nancy Holec — Executive Pastor
Joshua has been a part of New Life for more than two decades when, as a teenager he became a follower of Jesus here. He was a participant in New Life’s very first Ministry internship and went on to serve as a Pastor of multiple New Life locations where he helped launch new and restart struggling congregations. Joshua graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in 2005 with a degree in Pastoral Studies. He is a gifted speaker and leader who finds his greatest reward in helping other leaders succeed. Joshua and Nancy, also a Moody graduate, have a passion for unlocking the untapped potential in others to find and fulfill their destiny in Christ. Pastor Joshua serves as Executive Pastor at New Life Midway and Lead Strategic Pastor for New Life as a whole. He and his wife Nancy deeply enjoy their 4 young children as they live, work and play on the Southwest side of Chicagoland.
Mike and Debbie Berry — Associate Pastor
While at Western Illinois University, Mike met some friends that introduced him to Christianity. Sensing a desire to learn more about God, he went on to study at Moody Bible Institute and received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity International University. During his college years Mike began attending New Life and fell in love with the vision of the church and with his wife to be, Debbie. In 1994, Mike joined the New Life staff and has served ever since in various ministry capacities. He currently oversees adult home groups, training and coaching of small group leaders, assimilation of newcomers and organizing church wide events. Pastor Mike is married to Debbie and together they have three children.
Sam Porcaro — Youth Pastor
Sam was born and raised in Racine, WI. As a freshman in college, he attended North Central University in Minneapolis, MN and played collegiate basketball. Entering his sophomore year, he transferred SUM (School of Urban Missions) in Sheboygan, WI. While there, Sam worked alongside Pastor Taylor Apple at City Church while earning his bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Youth Ministry. Upon graduation, Sam began serving as a Missionary Associate in Budapest, Hungary, where he served as the youth pastor at an International Church. Sam loves working with teens and loves God. His passion is preaching the word, building relationships with teens and pointing them to a life with Jesus.
Verenice Martinez — Office Manager
Verenice has been serving New Life Community Church for about a year. She is currently serving as Office Manager for the Midway and Woodridge locations. In addition to this, her most recent role includes serving as Pastor Josiah's Executive Assistant. Serving is what she finds most rewarding. Verenice enjoys spending time with her three daughters and husband-preferably on an island.
Tiffany Daniels - Worship Leader
Vilma Argüelles – Events Coordinator/ StraightTalk Producer
Affectionately known as "V," Vilma has been a part of the New Life Midway team for over twenty years! As a graduate of Columbia College with a background in Sound Engineering and Theater, Vilma has much to contribute to this team! She is the Events Coordinator here at New Life Midway and has a passion for theater and all things drama (on stage of course). V enjoys being a part of all Midway events from weddings to plays, but is also part of Pastor Mark's StraightTalk team. In the summer time you can find her on the beautiful beaches of Cancun, and dreaming about them the rest of the year round.
Deanna Jobe — Women's Ministry Director/ Children's Ministry Director
Deanna (Dee) Jobe is from the Southwest side of Chicago. She and her husband Mark have seen New Life grow from a handful of people to several thousand. For years Dee worked in corporate administrative roles in downtown Chicago, but her dream was to give her energy to ministry. In 1990 she left her job to pursue that dream. Dee has served in multiple ministry capacities at New Life. Currently she leads the pastor’s wives’ gatherings, oversees the Midway Women’s Ministry and serves as Children’s Ministry Director. Dee studied at Moody Bible Institute and Columbia International University. She is a wife, a mom and mentor of women.
Tony Wasso — Pastoral Care
Tony Wasso is a native of Chicago's Maxwell Street area. Through the influence of his wife Linda, Tony began investigating the things of God and soon found himself making a decision to serve God. Tony and Linda have been a part of New Life for many years now and have served in many capacities. In 1999 Pastor Tony and Linda launched New Life Cicero. After leading New Life Cicero for seventeen years, Pastor Tony and Linda transitioned to New Life Midway to lead our counseling ministry. Pastor Tony is known for his shepherd’s heart and deep desire to see Gods people healed and whole spiritually.
Linda Wasso — Office Receptionist
For many years Linda and her husband Tony have been serving at New Life. Linda has been a part of the Midway team from the very beginning serving as Pastor Mark's assistant, and now as Office Receptionist here at our Midway office. She greets everyone that comes into our office with a warm smile and has a heart for helping others when the opportunity presents itself. During her spare time (and weather permitting) Linda enjoys gardening and being in the outdoors.
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