Nicole grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She has always had a heart for helping people, so after a season of working for various nonprofit organizations, she felt a call to full-time ministry. She attended and graduated with her Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary. After graduation, she planted a church and became a Co-Lead Pastor at Blue Oaks Covenant Church in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She served there for over 13 years using her leadership, coaching, preaching, and teaching gifts. She continues to foster those gifts in her new role at New Community, as Interim Pastor.
Email Nicole: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
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
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
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.