Our Leadership

Markeyta Boone

Markeyta Sconiers-Boone • Director of Worship Arts

Markeyta is a licensed minister focused on the worship ministries of the church. She holds her Doctorate of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education. Under Markeyta’s leadership, the worship ministry is growing in creativity and including more people in leading the church in worship.

Pete Plodgett

Pete Blodgett • Director of Children, Youth, & Family Ministries

Pete loves to see God work through His diverse church to transform communities toward the kingdom of God. With over fifteen years of youth ministry and pastoral experience, he is committed to equipping students and strengthening families as they strive to live out the Gospel. Pete and Nikki have been married for twelve years and live in Woodlawn with their four kids.

Amy Calkin

Amy Calkin • Director of Corporate Worship, Administrator

I was blessed to join this amazing group of folks as a seminary intern in 2017 and then God worked it out for me to stay around and be a part of learning how to follow Jesus in a church that resembles the mix of folks around the throne in Revelation. I function as the Sunday morning point person and the administrator.

Michelle Dodson

Michelle Dodson • Associate Pastor

Our Associate Pastor, Michelle Dodson is also a Doctoral Candidate at Loyola University where she is working towards the completion of a Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion; her focus is on multiracial congregations. Pastor Michelle has been dedicated to the work of racial reconciliation for nearly two decades and has helped to plant two intentionally multiracial churches here in Chicago: New Community Covenant Church-Logan Square and New Community Covenant Church-Bronzeville. She and her husband Karlos Dodson have been married since 2003 and are the proud parents of two amazing daughters.

Won Kim

Won Kim • Director of Discipleship

Won and Krystle have two daughters and love living in Chicago. Won is a bi-vocational minister and is passionate about leadership development with church leaders and racial reconciliation, particularly the calling of Asian-Americans within the multi-racial church. He has advanced degrees in organizational leadership and higher education management, and is an instructional designer and adjunct professor.

David Swanson

David Swanson • Pastor

David and Maggie have been married for twenty years and have two boys. David is passionate about racial justice and reconciliation within the Body of Christ and regularly writes and speaks about these and similar topics. His book, Rediscipling the White Church, is available from InterVarsity Press.

Kevin Swanson

Kevin Swanson • Associate Pastor of Spiritual Care

Since before New Community Covenant Church began, Kevin and Linda have prayerfully cheered for this church community. Kevin previously served in four Covenant churches before moving to Chicago to be near family and to serve as the Associate Superintendent for the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. He serves in a voluntary capacity to support marriages and equip the church for financial stewardship. And yes, he’s Pastor David’s dad!

Valeri Chow Tao

Valeri Chow Tao • Pastoral Resident

Valeri is a 3rd generation Chinese American, born in Washington DC. She has called Chicago home since 2006 and has lived or worked on every side of the city. Valeri is committed to bear witness to the the good news that God has and is making all things new. She and her husband Mark have two children and currently reside in Bridgeport.

Sonia Wang

Sonia Wang • Executive Director of New Community Outreach

Sonia is a founding member of our church. Drawing from almost 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher and school administrator on the South Side of Chicago as well as her work in educational non-profit organizations, Sonia leads NCO in our mission to reduce the causes of trauma faced by young people on the South Side.

Leadership Team

As a congregational church, our membership elects a leadership team to assist the pastor in stewarding the church’s mission. The leadership team also oversees the church budget and provides ministry leadership. Currently serving on the leadership team are Monica Ko, Sandra Rogers, Jarrett Yu, David Yoo and David Swanson (ex officio).

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