New Community

Reconciled to be Reconcilers

Leadership

Ministry Directors

Carlton Coleman

Director of Worship

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.

Email Carlton: Carlton@thenewcom.com

Jessica Renteria

Director of Youth Ministries

Jessica Renteria is from Sycamore, IL, where she lived with her parents and younger brother until she went to college at North Park University. During her undergrad, Jessica doubled majored in Youth Ministry and Biblical-Theological Studies. Throughout her undergrad, she served and led middle schoolers and high schoolers in three different ministries. Currently, Jessica is pursuing her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. It was during these opportunities that Jessica felt a strong calling and passion in serving and leading youth. As a result, Jessica prayed for God to open an opportunity to serve and lead youth in the Chicago, IL, area. As the Director of Youth Ministries at NewCom, Jessica desires to lead youth to grow deeper in their relationship with God and to participate in God’s work in our world. When Jessica is not working at NewCom, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching movies, going to coffee shops, and working out.

Email Jessica: Jessica@thenewcom.com

John Barclay III

Director of Children and Family Ministries

After growing up in the Minneapolis area of Minnesota, John followed the call God placed on his heart to begin training for a life of ministry by attending Bethel University. John majored in Biblical and Theological Studies and also attained a minor in Reconciliation studies, setting his heart on fire for Christian education, discipleship, and racial justice. After graduating, John served in multiple capacities with kids including teaching and mentoring children in under-resourced areas of North Minneapolis and St. Paul. Shortly after getting married, John and his wife Bobbie Jo moved to Chicago in the summer of 2020. When not studying theology or teaching kiddos about Jesus, you can find John at a brewery, talking about current events, exploring Chicago or catching a baseball game.

Email John: John@thenewcom.com

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.

Email Constance: Constance@thenewcom.com

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is a group of lay leaders who oversee church membership, finances, and staff-related matters. The membership of New Community elects the Leadership Team to serve as representatives of the congregation in overseeing the spiritual welfare and business affairs of the church in collaboration with the Lead Pastor. Each Leadership Team member serves a minimum of two years, and is available to discuss issues that pertain to church business matters. To contact one of our Leadership Team members, please email LeadershipTeam@thenewcom.com.

Current Leadership Team Members
Armida Belmonte Stephens – Vice Chair
Sharon Chun – Membership
Michael Emerson – Chair
Pradeep Nair – Secretary
Mickey Sanchez

Parking

We have reserved parking on W. Logan Blvd, designated with orange cones between N. Francisco Ave. and Sacramento Ave. Parking is also available on W. Schubert Ave., Sacramento Ave. and W. Diversey Ave. within approximately 2 blocks of our church.

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