Get To Know Our Staff and Leadership Team

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Luke, Kate and their daughters
Luke Schmitt is the Area Director for Young Life Chicago-Northside (since 2011).  He received an M.A. in Christian Ministry and Urban Ministry Certificate from North Park Theological Seminary, a Youth Ministry Certificate from Fuller Theological Seminary, a B.S. in Education, Science Minor from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; and is a Chicago Immersion graduate of Christian Community Development Association.
Luke's ministry experience includes 15 years of youth outreach ministry, discipleship, and community development in small town, suburban, and urban communities.  His Young Life staff journey includes time in Madison, WI, Wilsonville (Portland) OR, and Chicago, IL. 
Luke, and his wife, Kate, an educator at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, are parents of three girls and live in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side of Chicago.  They are members of River City Community Church in West Humboldt Park.

Contact Luke at
773-609-4565 and
Tony Brundage
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Seminary Student (MDIV) at North Park Theological Seminary
Part-Time Staff with the High School ministry
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Nichole Figueroa
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Full-time Nanny, Part-Time Young Life Staff, High School Team Leader
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Dana Penley
Wrigleyville WyldLife Team Leader
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Delilah Quintana is the YoungLives program coordinator for Young Life Chicago-Northside. She received a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida, and a Masters degree in Social Work at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is born and raised in Chicago, attended a Chicago Public High School. She is a member of the Chicago Tabernacle on the Northwest side of the city.

Delilah’s ministry experience includes 10 years as a volunteer youth leader, and 2 years YoungLives experience. She has devoted time to working in non-profit organizations with women of all ages experiencing unplanned pregnancies. Her passion is to work with teen moms and help them to know the love of Jesus.

Delilah enjoys being active and spending time outdoors, some of her favorite things are traveling, drinking coffee, books, playing softball and game nights.

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We are thrilled to welcome Nick Ravi-Johnson as Associate Area Director for the Chicago-Northside area!  Nick and his wife Sara both hail from the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, WA and Portland, OR) and have years of experience serving in multiethnic communities and helping young people discover the good news of Jesus Christ. Nick will serve as the director of our High School ministry and also provide area leadership in a variety of ways.
Contact Nick at

Young Life Chicago Northside | 2958 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60618-8206

Phone: 773-609-4565

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