Get To Know Our Staff and Leadership Team

Luke, Kate and their two daughters
Luke Schmitt is the Area Director for Young Life Chicago-Northside (since 2011) and the Associate Regional Director for Young Life Chicago-Urban (since 2013).  Schmitt received his M.A. in Christian Ministry from North Park Theological Seminary, a B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; an Urban Ministry Certificate from North Park Theological Seminary; a Youth Ministry Certificate from Fuller Theological Seminary and studied in the Christian Community Development Associaton Immersion program.
Luke's ministry experience includes 14+ years of youth outreach, discipleship, and community development in small town, suburban, and urban communities.  His Young Life staff experiences include time in Madison, WI, Wilsonville (Portland), OR, and Chicago, IL. 
Luke, and his wife, Kate, a GED Teacher at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, are parents of two girls and live in the Albany Park neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago.  They are members of River City Community Church in West Humboldt Park.

Contact Luke at
773-609-4565 and
Monica and her grandson
Monica McGrath is the YoungLives Coordinator (Young Life's ministry to teen moms) for our area and also holds everything together as our Office Administrator. She has 20+ years of volunteer experience in a variety of capacities within her local church, and she holds a B.A. in Christian Ministries from Trinity International University. She has been serving with Young Life Chicago-Northside since 2014, and is a member of New Life Community Church of West Lakeview.  Monica lives right on the border of the Albany Park and Irving Park neighborhoods​

Contact Monica at 773-609-4565 and

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Young Life High School Team Leader: Nichole Figueroa
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Wrigleyville WyldLife Team Leader: Dana Penley
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Young Life Chicago Northside | 2958 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60618-8206

Phone: 773-609-4565

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