Senior Pastor – Rev. Robert “Bob” Fritch
Rev. Robert “Bob” Fritch, a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH, has been Senior Pastor of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Jamaica since 1991.
In 1991 Our Saviour was a church faced with closure, but Our Saviour has grown to be the largest of the 60 Lutheran Churches in the Borough of Queens and in 1998, Our Saviour was named one of seven of the fastest growing churches in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, made up of over 10,000 Lutheran Churches.
In 2016, Pastor Bob was named “Clergy of the Year” by the Christ for the World Chapel, a multi-faith ministry at JFK Airport and the church was featured in the “Lutheran” magazine’s cover story.
Pastor Bob has traveled extensively in Guyana, preaching in many of the Lutheran Churches there, has led two study-tours to Guyana which included eight Lutheran pastors, both ELCA and LCMS, and he led a mission trip in 2013 to Guyana to help with the building of a shelter for women. Pastor Bob has presented workshops throughout the Metro NY region, and as far away as Detroit and South America, on evangelism and church marketing and has been published in many books and articles throughout the years.
His wife, Cynthia Chambers is a faculty member at St. John’s University, working in the Library and the Department of Theology.
Associate Pastor – Rev. John T. Heidgerd
Associate Pastor John Heidgerd was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament on May 21,2017. “I am so pleased to begin my work as Pastor with such a vibrant and warm congregation”, says Pastor John, who looks forward to working closely with Pastor Bob and learning about the Our Saviour Community.
Pastor John has had a long career as a financial executive, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia where he received the Master of Divinity degree. Prior to that Pastor John also served as Chief Financial Officer for Lutheran Social Services of New York, following a 25-year career as a financial executive in the Gannett Company.
He and his wife Ann Marie reside in Bedford Hills NY and have two adult children: Tyler, 26 who works as a fitness trainer in Mount Kisco, and Davin, 22, who is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, and is employed in Tucson as a Staff Accountant for Sundt Construction. Ann Marie works as a pre-school teaching assistant and parish administrator.
Pastor John has always been an avid baseball fan and having grown up in The Bronx, follows the New York Yankees. He writes regularly on matters of faith in his blog, The Soul Café.
PreSchool Director – Roslyn Raymundo
Roslyn Raymundo graduated from Queens College with a BS in Elementary Education in 2009 and received her MA in Elementary Education in 2011. Roslyn has also recently acquired additional teaching certification in Birth through 2nd grade. Roslyn joined the staff of Our Saviour Lutheran Preschool in September 2013 as a UPK teacher/Director in Training. She is looking forward to a long, bright future at Our Saviour!
Office Manager / Volunteer Coordinator – Kurena Dilchand
Our Saviour Office: 718-739-7452
Our Saviour School: 718-739-7452
Church Fax: 718-739-3964
Church Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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