New Community

Reconciled to be Reconcilers



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.

Ministry Directors

Emily DeLew

Executive Director

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 husband Mark and three little and rambunctious kiddos: Veronica, Davey, and Nehemiah. Prior to NewCom, Emily envisioned and led programs in nonprofit, higher education, and start-up spaces. In addition to serving as Executive Director, Emily directs our Children, Family, and Youth Ministries.  When she isn’t dreaming about new ways to align our church ministries and integrate kids into the NewCom mission, she’s running through the neighborhood, drinking coffee, or talking about current events.

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.

Ruth Nakai

Director of Spiritual Formation

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.  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.

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.

Support Staff

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.

Alicia Jean

Kid City Coordinator

Alicia was born in Chicago and spent her formative years in the Chicagoland suburbs. Her love for Jesus sparked alongside a campfire when she was nearly 8 years old at Rockford Christian Camp. From ages 8 to 18, Alicia lived for the moments spent camping and learning more about her faith. For her undergraduate degree, Alicia attended DePaul University and studied Elementary Education with a concentration in Visual Art. Shortly after undergrad, she landed her first teaching position and has been teaching ever since. Alicia studied Technology in Education and earned a graduate degree from National Louis University. She now teaches middle school Visual Art/Computer Science and is excited to be a part of the Kid City team. Alicia lives on the south side of Chicago where she loves taking bike rides with her wonderful husband Daniel and adorable daughter Lucy.

Tina Lee

Life Group Coordinator

Tina Lee was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Journalism and International Studies. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she felt the Lord lead her to Seoul, Korea with initial desires to work in the entertainment industry. Little did she know, God had other plans for her and she found herself living in Korea for almost 8 years. During this time, she stepped into full-ministry as a college pastor, shepherding and equipping international students. It has been 3 years since she’s returned to Chicago and she has a passion to see God’s Kingdom released in this city. She is excited to be serving in ministry bi-vocationally as NewCom’s Life Group Coordinator. When she is not working with New Community, you will see her spending quality time with family and friends, exploring the city to discover new gems, or simply sitting in nature listening to music.

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.

Doug Vander Meulen

Graphic Designer

Doug grew up in the Pacific Northwest but has now lived in Chicago for the past 20+ years. He helps serve New Community by creating much of the visuals for the church as well as helping create and manage the website. He passionate to use his gifts for the Kingdom and building stronger community with the men of New Com. His wife Mara and four kids live in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Our Leadership

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 use one of the email addresses below:


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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