Michelle Thompson

Co-Executive Director


Michelle grew up in a rural town plagued with poverty, drug abuse and domestic violence. Michelle used her voice as editor in chief of her school newspaper to champion the causes of those who were oppressed and won a scholarship to pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She interned with United Way and worked for several non for profits before joining the team 15 years ago. Michelle founded the children's ministry and expanded the youth mentoring program and until recently served as the Student Ministries Director. She is trained and licensed in Trust Based Relational Intervention, a trauma informed counseling module that is the framework for the children's and youth ministry. Michelle is passionate about teaching and training in trauma informed care. Michelle now serves as the Executive Director. Michelle and her husband have been foster parents in Garfield Park for 8 years which lead to the adoption of three precious boys. Michelle, her husband Curtis and their 5 children have called west Garfield Park home for the past 13 years.

Michael Lancaster

Community Engagement Director 


Michael is a native of Chicago’s westside community, Garfield Park, where he and Jacqueline, his wife of 10 years, live and serve. Michael is currently a minister at Reborn Community Church. Michael has served as a volunteer for Reborn Ministries for the past 10 years. In 2020, Michael accepted the position of Community Engagement Director serving the adult community. Michael has a passion to see men, women, and families thrive in life.

Julia Quintero

Executive Adminstrative Assistant & Board member


Julia was born and raised in South Texas, and became a resident of the City of Chicago in 1997.   She received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in June of 1990.  She is a single mother to one daughter.  Julia has more than 30 years experience working with attorneys at law as a legal assistant. She came to serve as Pastor Jamie's administrative assistant on a part time basis in March of 2014 and became his full time assistant in May 2016. She has a passion for serving others and has been part of youth groups and women’s ministries throughout her life with Christ. She is a part of Reborn Community Church's Media Team. 


Samantha Jakus-Arnold

Childrens Director

Juaquin and Emily Martinez

Youth Mentor

Jacqueline Lancaster

Youth Mentor

Board of Directors

James Thompson - President/Co-director

Pastor Jamie and his wife, Andrea grew up in a poor, urban westside community of Chicago. As many strive to break free of the broken community they grew up in, the Lord began to grow a passion in Jamie to stay and serve those in his community. While attending Moody Bible Institute, he started and directed a sports ministry to gang members for eight years. He served as a youth minister for four years before being ordained as a pastor at Armitage Baptist Church. In 2005 Jamie and his family moved to Garfield Park to plant Reborn Community Church and establish Reborn Ministries. Jamie and Andrea are blessed to raise four boys in Garfield Park. 


Curtis Thompson - Treasurer

Julia Quintero - Secretary

Kurt Kohen - Board Member 

Jessica Glenney - Board Member

Gloria Ortiz - Board Member

Michael Barnett - Board Member

Akin Akinlawon - Board Member

Paul Arnold - Board Member