Pastor John F.
Hannah exemplifies "a man after God's own heart" in the way that he
shepherds the approximately 19,000 members that call New Life Covenant Church
their home. He is affectionately known as the "Pastor of second chances and the
unchurched" because of his anointed ability to reach those who had previously
never stepped foot in church, as well as restore those who may have been hurt
in past religious experiences.
Pastor Hannah's vibrant, energetic personality, coupled with his willingness to go to any length to illustrate God's Word, make a great partnership in Sunday and Thursday services. His ability to maintain such a high energy level week after week likely stems from his many years ministering to youth all over the country. His undying passion for transforming the lives of urban youth is evident with over 74% of his church population falling under the age of 35. Pastor Hannah served as a Youth Pastor of a local church for many years and doors opened for him to evangelize America's youth, year after year. Locally, he also served as Executive Director of the Inner-City Youth Spring Break Conference (IYSBC) which grew exponentially under his leadership. Perhaps it is his years working for Cook County where he served as a Juvenile Probation Officer, or his years working with IYSBC that continue to drive his undying love for changing young hearts and lives for the better through Christ. He has a firm commitment to the development of every believer, regardless of age, which is apparent in his ministry today, evidenced by the vast number of young people in attendance each week at various services.
Having been reared in Chicago and worked with its youth in church and secular arenas, Pastor Hannah is sensitive to the ills and the needs of the city and is determined to bloom where he has been planted. He has refused numerous suggestions to move the New Life campus to other areas deemed safer, such as the suburbs. Instead, New Life operates two multi-million dollar facilities on the south side of Chicago, soon to be joined by New Life's new home, known as "The Temple." Sitting in a service where the millionaire and the ex-addict may be on the same row proves that it is not simply the cutting edge technology, but also the presence of God arresting the atmosphere that can be credited with making New Life one of the fastest growing churches in the country. While the numbers suggest a mega church, the spirit of the house and its members says: this is a family, committed to serving God and our community.
Pastor Hannah has been married to his wife, Anna, for twenty years and she serves alongside him, dedicated to creating an atmosphere for him to both minister and rest. In addition to being Senior Pastor at New Life Covenant, Pastor Hannah hosts the #1 rated gospel radio program, "The John Hannah Morning Show," for more than 13 years. He is also the 2012 Stellar Award Winner for Gospel Radio Announcer of the Year. Currently this show airs in Chicago, but is soon to be syndicated and heard in over twenty other cities. He may not have planned this career move when obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice from Alabama State University, but his obedience to the plan of God for his life has taken him further than any dream he had for himself. Included in that plan was becoming an author. Pastor Hannah's first book, What To Do While You're Waiting, was birthed after his own experience in waiting for God's plan to unfold in his life, rather than stepping out ahead of Him. The fruit of that waiting is evident as droves of people hungry for God's Word and His presence come through New Life, or watch online, each week.
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