Who we are

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19

IDENTITY

In 2010, New Community Covenant Church on the north side of Chicago sent a small group to start a new multiracial church in the south side community of Bronzeville. Since then we have lived into our identity as a reconciled and reconciling people by nurturing community, serving in ministry, and engaging in outreach with our neighbors.

At New Community, our values of

grace and truth, unity, and the kingdom

shape our identity.

Grace and Truth
(John 1:14):

We desire regular confession, repentance, and forgiveness with God and one another. We desire the Gospel to transform our lives as we follow Jesus wholeheartedly. We desire to listen and submit to Scripture, God’s revealed Word for His beloved children.

Unity
(Ephesians 2:14-18):

We desire to represent the diversity of our city as evidence of the Gospel’s reconciling power. We desire authentic and accountable fellowship. We desire the corporate gift of Sabbath worship and rest.

The Kingdom
(Luke 9:1-2):

We desire to proclaim the Kingdom—evangelism, to demonstrate the Kingdom—compassion, mercy, and justice, and to participate in the Kingdom through prayer. We desire to welcome the stranger with radical hospitality. We desire to be intentionally present to our neighborhood as we discern the Holy Spirit’s invitation to love our neighbors.

We are affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). Along with other ECC congregations we affirm: the centrality of the word of God; the necessity of the new birth; a commitment to the whole mission of the church; the church as a fellowship of believers; a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit; the reality of freedom in Christ. We invite you to read more about the denomination and our theological affirmations or to email us with any questions.


Ministry Staff

Markeyta Sconiers

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 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

AMY CALKIN

Director of Corporate Worship, Administrator

Amy has been with the church for several years, two as administrator. She first came to the church as pastoral intern during seminary and God made a way for her to continue on ministry staff. She coordinates Sunday morning services and takes care of the administrative side of things.

Leadership TEAM

As a congregational church, our membership elects a leadership team to steward the church’s mission. The leadership team also oversees the church budget and provides ministry leadership. You can email the leadership team directly with any questions.

Contact

Do you have any questions about the church? Can we serve you in any way?

Email: admin@newcommunitycovenant.com
Phone: 773-980-9854
Mailing address: 3627 S. Cottage Grove; Chicago, Il 60653

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