Reverend Wilfredo "Choco" De Jesús and his wife, Elizabeth, are Senior Pastors of New Life Covenant Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Chicago. Since he became Senior Pastor in 2000, New Life 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. 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. Pastor Choco and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in the Humboldt Park community of Chicago where they have three adult children: Alexandria, Yesenia and Wilfredo, Jr. They have also welcomed two granddaughters, Charlie Grace and Reagan Liv.
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.
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.Learn More
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