Our Staff

Carlton Coleman

Carlton Coleman • Worship Leader

Carlton Coleman hails from Rockford, IL – home of Cheap Trick and the Rockford Peaches. He has a heart for ministry and a passion to lead God’s people into the Lord’s presence through sincere worship and praise. Over the past 20+ years, Carlton has served in many Worship Ministry capacities from Worship Leader to Minister of Music. He’s also had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists such as Fred Hammond, PFR, and DC Talk.  A former Judson (University) College Alum, Carlton serves as a Worship Leader and keyboardist for New Community.

Emily DeLew

Emily DeLew • Director of Children and Family Ministry

Emily grew up in California and fell in love with Chicago while studying Sociology and Urban Studies at Wheaton College. She started attending New Community in 2007, and lives in Avondale with her incredible husband Mark and three little and rambunctious kiddos: Veronica, Davey, and Nehemiah. Emily has spent the past 10 years envisioning and leading programs in nonprofit, higher education, and start-up spaces, and she is passionate about equipping kids and families to love Jesus and promote justice in our city. When she isn’t dreaming about new ways to integrate kids into the NewCom mission, she’s running through the neighborhood, drinking coffee, or talking about current events.

Constance Ervins

Constance Ervins • Director of Communication and Administrative Services

Constance was born and raised in Joliet, Il. After completing her undergraduate and graduate studies at Northern Illinois University, she spent the next few seasons of life working in undergraduate admissions for higher education. These experiences journeying with students and their families through their educational and life transitions nurtured her desire to serve in full-time ministry. Constance is an inquisitive sister who enjoys meeting new people, helping others, creating community and exploring the city through live music.

Pastor Zachs Gaiya

Pastor Zachs Gaiya • Community Life Pastor

Zachs was born and raised in a Christian family in Kaduna State, Nigeria. He has degrees from ECWA Theological Seminary Jos, Plateau State, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts and currently completing a PhD in Intercultural Studies at Trinity International University. He has served in a variety of Christian Ministries in the last two decades. Zachs enjoys and loves it that he is married to Grace (a Pastor’s Kid) and they both have the privilege of being parents to Hesed, Haniel and Hanamel. He loves to travel, read, listen to peoples’ stories, watch football (not “football”). He wonders why God call him and give him the privilege of watching people discover and develop healthy and growing relationships with God and people.

Trevor Good

Trevor Good • Facilities Manager

Trevor Good was born and raised in the Sunshine State of Florida. He came to Chicago as a college student to attend the Moody Bible Institute. He enjoyed the windy city so much that he decided to stay. Now, many moons later, we pick up the story with Trevor having a beautiful talented wife Alison and 6 adoring children. He enjoys eating yummy food, having parties, and hosting guests from around the world. Trevor works as a realtor part-time and owns a couple of properties in Chicago. He is excited to be serving as the Facilities Manager at New Community.

Pastor Peter Hong

Pastor Peter Hong • Lead Pastor

Peter is a native Chicagoan. Since arriving in the U.S. at the age of 10 he has lived most of his life here in the greatest city in the world. He has completed a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Trinity International University (formerly known as TEDS). His passions in life include preaching Jesus as the goal of all of life, planting multicultural churches in major urban city­ centers that will proclaim Jesus as Lord, and pastoring kingdom missionaries that will make Jesus known to the ends of the earth. His “rock” (that’s with a small “r”) is the love of his life Jenny and his joys are his three beautiful children Parker, Sophie and Noah. When not in his office you will most likely find him hanging out at a local coffee shop reading, studying, meeting new people, and yes drinking a beverage.

Ruth Nakai

Ruth Nakai • Interim Small Group Coordinator

Ruth Nakai was born and raised in Ohio– a state most known for its cornfields and good people! She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in secondary math education and spent several years post-graduation serving her church there. In 2009, she moved to Chicago because she felt God leading her to live in an under-resourced community and to learn from her urban neighbors there. She fell in love with the city, and since then has lived on the South, West, and North sides of Chicago. Over the past 13 years, Ruth has been involved in various kinds of work: high school teaching, managing and shepherding young adults, community organizing, working at a non-profit, and mentoring youth. She is excited to be serving as NewCom’s Interim Small Group Coordinator at New Community. When she is not working with New Community, she is probably painting (watercolor), spending time together with her husband (Kenny) or two children, or sharing good food and conversation with close friends.

James Ross

James Ross • Sunday Service Coordinator

James joined the staff of New Community in 2012 as the Sunday Service Coordinator. He oversees the ministries that make Sunday services work, from PowerPoint to sound, worship and musicians, and set up/take down of equipment in the sanctuary. He is a graduate of Roosevelt University where he studied jazz bass. When he is not working with New Community, he loves making music and spending time with his wife Jess, and sons Clyde and Oliver.

Suzie Sang

Suzie Sang • Interim Director of Ministry Operations

Suzie was born and raised in Kingston on the beautiful island of Jamaica and came to faith in Christ in her mid-20s at a Billy Graham crusade that was streamed live to her homeland. Her desire after college was to use her degree in International Relations to become an Ambassador. However, God had other plans for her life that led her into Advertising and Media and then eventually towards the pursuit of a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in sunny Southern California. After living and loving SoCal for 10 years, she moved back to Jamaica to work in higher education and on staff at her home church. Suzie fell in love with Chicago after her first visit in the Fall of 2002 and was excited when God opened the door for her to pursue a PhD in Educational Studies in the Chicagoland area. She is a leader and a learner at heart with a deep love for people. During her 20 plus years of ministry experience, Suzie has served at several churches in the U.S. and in Jamaica and looks forward to how God will use her gifts, skills, strengths and experience to love His people and do the work of the Kingdom. She thoroughly enjoys spending time with people, travelling, eating good food and being by the water.

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