Pastor Mike Newburger | Preaching & Pastoral Care

Pastor Mike Newburger is from Maryland and began ministering in New York City in 2010. He is a graduate of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. While interning with the Open Door Bible Baptist Church of Astoria, he learned about the many closing churches in the growing neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Pastor Mike began to ask the Lord to lead in the rescuing of one of these historic buildings. In 2015, the Union Baptist Church invited Pastor Newburger to start the church on a course towards restoration and revival. He and his wife, Kelly, reside in Greenpoint with their three children. 


Pastor Pete Montoro | Administration & Building Renovation

Pastor Pete Montoro has ministered in New York City for 25 years as the founder and pastor of the Open Door Bible Baptist Church of Astoria, Queens. In 1997, the church purchased what came to be called, "The Miracle on 35th Street." Pastor Montoro uses his many years of experience in NYC buildings to lead the restoration efforts at Union Baptist Church. He and his wife, Julia, reside in Astoria with six of their twelve children. 

Kyle Rodecker | Ministry Intern

Kyle, a native of Southern California, moved to NYC in 2019 after graduating from Heartland Baptist Bible College with a Missions major. He has come to Union to learn about urban ministry and Polish culture. Kyle would like to expand on his childhood foundation in the Polish language. During the week, you can see him working on the church property, handing out tracts in the area, and interacting with the Polish community of Greenpoint.


Ministry Interns

Looking to gain ministry experience? New York City is great place to grow in the grace and discipline needed for gospel ministry. We only accept interns from independent Baptist churches. Short term or long term internships available. A pastors recommendation is required. All interns are unpaid volunteers in compliance with NY state labor laws. Housing is not provided. Estimate $1000/mn with roommates or $1500/mn without roommates plus living expenses. Contact the church office for more information.