A church for the hurting

located in chicago, illinois
our senior pastor

Choco De Jesús

Reverend Wilfredo "Choco" De Jesús is Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church (NLC), one of the fastest growing churches in Chicago. He is endearingly known as Pastor "Choco." Since he became Senior Pastor in 2000, NLC has grown from a weekly attendance of 120 to 17,000 globally through church campuses, plants, and more than 110 ministries reaching the most disenfranchised – the broken hearted, poor, homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts, and gang members.

our senior pastor

Time Magazine

In April 2013, Pastor Choco was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and recognized for his leadership and influence within the Evangelical and Latino community. Pastor Choco is also the author of three books: Amazing Faith, In the Gap and Stay the Course.  He is quick to tell others that his accomplishments are based on a life dedicated to God and His purposes. In other words, whatever the accomplishment, to God be the Glory!
our senior pastor

Family Life

Pastor Choco resides in the Humboldt Park community of Chicago, with his wife Elizabeth; they have three adult children: Alexandria, Yesenia and Wilfredo, Jr. They have also welcomed their first granddaughter, Charlie Grace Gomez.

Our history

We are rich in heritage.

New Life Covenant, formerly known as Palestine Christian Temple, was founded by Rev. Ignacio Marrero and a small group of brothers and sisters in May 1965. Rev. Marrero and others met in their homes and within a few weeks, they left their homes and established a church by renting a storefront in order to meet the needs of the community. In 1976, after much growth, they purchased a permanent location in the heart of Humboldt Park, Chicago.  In July 2000, the pastoral torch was passed to Rev. Wilfredo De Jesús, better known as Pastor Choco. He has led the church to tremendous growth even from humble beginnings. As part of that new chapter, the church adopted a new name, New Life Covenant, which is the name that now identifies the church. 

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Our Beliefs

Our mission statement declares the following: “We covenant to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, to bring new believers into membership, to encourage maturity through the Word, to grow disciples through mentorship, to strengthen servant leaders through ministry, to ignite a passion for worldwide missions, all for the glory of God.” As an Assemblies of God congregation, we adhere to the 16 Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God.

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Our Ministries

We have ministries that will benefit your whole family. We'd love for you to take some time to learn about our ministries.