Our Vision

Creating the Beloved Community together!

The Beloved Community is a global vision envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a society where all people share in the wealth of the earth creating authentic community. It is a vision achieved through nonviolent resistance of the injustices that divide us and proactive commitment to right relationship with each other. It means that no one is left out of creating the community, so we go out of our way to center the people who our systems often exclude. For us at New Life Centers, that means especially centering the leadership and voices of young people in our communities.

Connecting young people and their families with Christ and Community through life-on-life relationships.

New Life Centers seeks to equip this generation in every community we serve. We work alongside community partners and listen to neighbors to create solutions that fit our neighborhood. Our desire is to host Centers where people can continually come to with needs or ideas that transform their community. “We cared so much for you that we were willing to share with you not only Creator’s good story but our own lives as well. That is how deep our love for you has become.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8 is the bible verse we choose to live by. 

Our Mission

Our History

15+ years serving our communities

While now serving as a nationwide model for gang intervention and a citywide model for after-school programs, New Life Centers of Chicagoland, NFP was originally created in 2005 to address the needs of communities surrounding New Life Community Church locations. As neighbors approached the church with pressing issues–gang violence, teen pregnancy, justice system involvement, unemployment–New Life responded with custom-made Centers programs that fit the community. Initial sites grew in the Little Village and Midway neighborhoods (2005). Subsequent programs sprang up at Humboldt Park (2008), Cicero, Jefferson Park, and Oak Forest. To this day, New Life Centers continues in its culture of creating programs that address neighborhood needs and empower neighborhood involvement.

New Life Centers was founded by the New Life Community Church, a multi-site church operating at more than 27 sites throughout Chicagoland and internationally. Founded in 1986 as an 18-member church in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, New Life (Nueva Vida) still exists under its founding pastor, Pastor Mark Jobe, and now hosts over 34 services weekly. As an auxiliary partner organization, New Life Centers seeks to equip leaders within each of these New Life communities to serve their neighbors through health, education and employment services for all ages.

Humboldt Park joined the New Life family with a history of its own. The Humboldt Park site, 1410 N. Springfield Ave., was founded in 1898 as Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church and School. Serving the community for over 100 years, Bethel made neighborhood gym outreach and children’s programs a priority. “Bethel Family Programs” expanded exponentially, joining the New Life family when Bethel’s generous members gifted their facility to New Life Community Church in 2008.