How We Got to Where We Are

Our History

It all started in 1986 when 20 people begin meeting together in a living room and twenty one year old Mark Jobe becomes the pastor of this small group. From that small group to now 23 locations and growing, New Life has a renewed vision to see more and more people call Christ Lord in Chicagoland and beyond.


New Life

Twenty one year old Mark Jobe becomes pastor of this small group. He marries his wife Dee six months later. Church leadership transitions from council led to elder led. Mark starts guitar lessons to help raise a worship team.


Starting Small

New Life Community Church begins meeting at Davis school and multiplies to three small groups.


First Steps

New Life consecrates its first 40 days of fasting and prayer and begins mentoring people to baptism using the "First Steps" booklets.


One Percent

Pastor Mark prays for 1% of the city of Chicago (30,000 people) after a season of prayer and fasting. New Life starts our first Spanish service in the band room of Curie High School.


Breaking 1000

New Life opens a South location in Oak Lawn and breaks through the 1000 mark in weekly attendance.



Galillee Baptist Church becomes New Life Lakeview in our first church restart.


New Life Centers

New Life Centers is formed as an extension of the church to minister to the social needs of the community.


2020 Vision

Pastoral teams outlines four goals for the 2020: grow 40 new locations in Chicago, mentor 1000 next generation leaders, plant church in 10 global cities, develop 100 kingdom resources.