Who Is Pastor Wilfredo De Jesús
Since 2000, Pastor Choco has been senior pastor of New Life Covenant in Chicago, a span in which attendance has grown from 120 to over 17,000 throughout various campuses and daughter churches.
A STORY OF TRANSFORMATION
Reverend Wilfredo De Jesús is Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church (NLC), one of the fastest growing churches in Chicago.
Wilfredo was born and raised in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community. It seemed his choices were few and his future held little promise. When he was 14 yrs. old, Wilfredo applied for a city summer job and was prepared to clean streets; instead he was assigned to work at a small neighborhood church with the children’s day camp. Wilfredo showed up to work daily and was surprised by the youth who loved Jesus.
By the end of summer, on a day Wilfredo will never forget, he was led to Jesus and received Him as his Lord and Savior – from that moment on his life was forever transformed.
He remained in that same little church for over 20 years before he was appointed Senior Pastor in July 2000. Since then the church has grown from a weekly attendance of 120 to 17,000 globally through church plants and more than 130 ministries reaching the most disenfranchised – the broken hearted, poor, homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts and gang members.
GOD INSPIRED VISION
Pastor De Jesús’ vision is simple; to be a church for the hurting that reaches people for Jesus. This calling has birthed ministries as well as domestic and international missions. In 2006, NLC inaugurated HopeFest, which has grown to become the largest annual back-to-school event in the City of Chicago. Over 800 church and community volunteers serve approximately 10,000 families in this one-day event. Families are provided with comprehensive services from immunizations, physicals, dental checks, backpacks with school supplies, groceries, haircuts and more to ensure children are ready to succeed in the new school year.
DEVELOPING OTHERS IN PASTORAL LEADERSHIP
Rev. De Jesús also wanted to encourage other Pastors and leaders by equipping them with the tools necessary to develop sustainable ministries in their home communities. As a result in 2010 the 1st Annual JumpStart Pastors and Leaders school was created and has grown exponentially in the last couple of years. Churches throughout the United States attend NLC’s three-day conference.
De Jesús had also served as the Vice President of Social Justice for the nation’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which serves 18,000 churches and close to 15 million born-again Christians. In 2012, Wilfredo released his first book “Amazing Faith” where he shares his life story and message: “No one is beyond the transforming power of God’s love. When we let Him, God fills our hearts with His love, strength and purpose and we become complete.”
TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD
To his surprise, in April 2013, Rev. De Jesus was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and recognized for his leadership and influence with the Evangelical and Latino audiences. De Jesús was also featured on the cover and in the accompanying story of TIME’s April 15th edition, “The Latino Reformation,” which explored the growth of Latinos among Protestant churches across the U.S.
Rev. De Jesús often makes others understand, his accomplishments are based on a life dedicated to God and His purposes. In other words, whatever the accomplishment, to God be the Glory!
MAN OF FAMILY AND AMAZING FAITH
A graduate of Trinity University and North Park Theological Seminary, De Jesús is sought after as a motivational speaker at various church events, leadership conferences and assemblies throughout the nation and abroad.
He resides in the Humboldt Park community of Chicago, with his wife Elizabeth and their three children, Alexandria, Yesenia and Wilfredo, Jr.