Our Staff

  • Timothy C. Bourman

    - Pastor



    Our pastor has spent all of his professional years serving the people of New York City. He has served our church since 2008. He is a preacher, teacher, scholar, survivor, counselor, and so much more. He's married to Amanda. Timothy and Amanda have three daughters that they absolutely treasure as gifts of God.

    Our pastor carries out his ministry in both English and Spanish.


    Concordia Seminary - St. Louis, MO

    Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

    Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary - Mequon, WI

    Master of Divinity (MDiv)

    Martin Lutheran College - New Ulm, MN

    Bachelor of Arts (BA)


    Timothy is a regular contributor to the The Notable PodcastHe has authored other works for podcasts, journals, and books. His debut book, Deep as the Sea, is available for purchase. He continues to serve as the supervising pastor of pastoral interns (vicars).  In addition, he is a member of the North Atlantic District (NAD) Mission Board and the circuit pastor for the Hudson-Delaware Circuit of the NAD.

  • Ben Bitter

    - Vicar



    Our vicar was recently assigned to serve the people of New York City here at Sure Foundation Lutheran Church. Vicar comes from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI, where he studies for the noble task of being an overseer of God's flock. Vicar can be found running in the streets of Queens, playing in a pick-up basketball game, or enjoying the restaurant scene of Woodside. Vicar lives with his wife Emmalie in Queens. 

    Our vicar is bilingual in English and Spanish.


    Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary - Mequon, WI

    Completing his Master of Divinity (MDiv)

    Martin Luther College - New Ulm, MN

    Bachelor of Arts (BA)


    Ben has served in locations across the globe, from Linares, Chile, to Houston, Texas, from Fargo, North Dakota to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating college, Ben served as an English Teacher at Centro Educativo La Gracia in Linares, Chile. While there, he attended and assisted with the church Unidos Por La Fe. Recently, in 2021, Ben participated in a Summer Assistant Program at Christ the Lord/Cristo el Señor in Houston, Texas, working with a Pastor in the community. Before coming to New York City, Ben was the Bilingual Assistant at St. Peter/San Pedro Lutheran Church on the southside of Milwaukee, WI, preaching and teaching to anyone and everyone.