Matt DeMateo, Executive Director of New Life Centers of Chicagoland

Chicago, IL

Matt DeMateo has been working with at-risk youth in Chicago since 2000. He lives and serves in the Little Village neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side with his wife, Sarah, and their four children.

Matt began serving as a pastor full-time with New Life Community Church ( in 2006. For years, Matt has overseen all of the community development efforts and helped start the Urban Life Skills Program ( The Urban Life Skills Program (ULS) is an intensive, community-based mentoring program for youth ages 10 to 24 that was recently recognized as the top mentoring program in the state of Illinois.

In 2013, Matt became the Executive Director of New Life Centers of Chicagoland ( New Life Centers connects youth and young adults to Christ and community through mentoring, education, and sports and has served over 5,000 youth and families with more than 750 volunteers. The team does street outreach, responding to shootings, and working to stop any retaliation, and works to bring hope and healing to our neighborhoods. Matt is excited to continue to advocate for some of Chicago’s most at-risk youth and equip and empower others to do the same.

Matt is part of the Pastor Panel, “How We Structured Our Church for Community Impact.”