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 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 five 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.
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.
Vernice 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.
Javonta Howard - Worship Director
Javonta is eager to unite forces with New Life Community Church as Woodridge's very own Worship Director. Javonta has a strong and committed passion for worship and anchors on creating true and authentic encounters with God. "In worship, my focal point is channeling the presences of God. It's not about me but about leading people to Jesus and letting Holy Spirit conduct". Javonta has been leading worship for many years and is now pursuing a degree in Music and Worship and minor in Theology at Trinity Christian and has even gotten the opportunity to travel the nations leading people into the presences of God. Javonta is also excited to deliver his first single entitled, "Sons and Daughters" in May of 2020
Katherina Calderon - Children’s Ministry Director
Katherina, also known as “Kathy”, is the oldest of four children. She has attended New Life Midway going on ten years. Kathy accepted Christ at the tender age of 17 and has now been serving in the KidsZone ministry since 2015. Kathy’s passion for kids definitely molded her into the woman that she is today. She served as a Special Education Co teacher for four years. Kathy is excited to work with your child in growing stronger relationships with the Lord!