New Community

Reconciled to be Reconcilers


Rev. Leslie X Sanders

Lead Pastor

Rev. Leslie X. Sanders grew up on the south side of Chicago and graduated from Chicago State University in 2005 with a B.A. in Communication, Media Arts, and Theater. He received his Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary in 2013. He is currently in the thesis phase of his Doctor of Ministry Degree; he will graduate in May 2024.

With over 20 years of ministry experience, Leslie has a heart for equipping disciples and seeing them mature in their faith. He desires to see both churches and communities revitalized by the transformational power of the gospel message. That desire has led Rev. Sanders to serve the church in several roles. Beginning ministry in 2002, Leslie has served as a Church Administrator, Youth Pastor, Children’s Pastor, and Executive Pastor. Most recently, Rev. Sanders was the Lead Pastor of Naperville Covenant Church in Naperville, IL.

The Evangelical Covenant Church ordained Rev. Sanders in June 2016, and he has served the denomination in several capacities. Leslie married his wife Brandi in August of 2011. They have three daughters Sarabi, Rhyan, and Kiah. The Sanders family enjoys eating, traveling, singing, and serving Christ together.

Email Pastor X:

Ministry Directors

Our ministry directors are called, trained, gifted, and equipped to lead and minister to our community. Our leaders embody the priorities and mission of the church and are valued for their commitment to Christ and their discipleship to others.

Bobbie Jo Barclay

Director of Ministry Operations

Bobbie Jo was born and raised in Minnesota. She was rescued by Jesus in high school, which radically transformed her life (ask her about it, she would love to share how God showed up). In college, God called Bobbie Jo to ministry. Ultimately, she graduated with a B.A. in Missional Ministries from Bethel University. Bobbie Jo and John (yes, our John, the Director of Children and Family Ministries) got married and moved to Chicago before starting seminary at North Park Theological Seminary. Bobbie Jo received her M.A. in Christian Formation. She is a certified premarital counselor with Prepare & Enrich. Finally, she is currently pursuing her second M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a Trauma Certificate. When she is not at church, she is likely drinking coffee, reading, hiking, cooking, or spending time with close friends.

Email Bobbie Jo:

Pastor John Barclay III

Director of Children and Family Ministries

With a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies and minor in Reconciliation Studies, John is passionate about the multiethnic church and children’s spiritual formation. John believes that discipling children is a two-way street that teaches adults more about our faith and identity as beloved children of God.

Shortly after getting married, John & Bobbie Jo moved to Chicago from Minneapolis in July of 2020. They have been doing ministry together for just over a year and hold a profound appreciation for the fruitfulness of marriage and ministry together.

John currently serves as a ministry coach, and is part of a faith and justice leadership cohort.

When not at NewCom, John enjoys reading, cooking, coffee shops & breweries, bike rides, and hanging out with friends.


Email John:

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:

Jessica Gonzalez

Director of Youth and Family 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:

Pastor Tim White

Care Minister

Tim White comes from Waukegan, IL, where he currently resides with his amazing wife and four children. His passion is to equip God’s people to live as God’s people, to become fully mature in the knowledge of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16). Tim has been a part of New Community since April of 2009, serving in various ministry capacities over the years. He received his M.A. in Christian Formation from North Park Theological Seminary. As Care Minister, Tim serves the church through preaching, teaching, pastoral care and counseling, and premarital counseling.

Email Tim:

Support Staff

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

Current Leadership Team Members

  • Jamelyn Lederhouse, Vice Chair
  • Shang Lin, Membership
  • Lynn Oliver, Chair
  • Ben Stephens, Secretary
  • Matt Taube, Treasurer


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.


Sign up to receive the NewCom Weekly and NewCom Seasonal News E-mails. These emails provide updates on church events, ways to get involved, and more.