Dr. Benjamín & Irma Alicea-Lugo
With decades of commitment to serving New York youth, Irma and Ben are among the founders of the Seekers campus ministry. Dr. Benjamín Alicea-Lugo was called to the ministry in 1968 at the age of 16. He approached the Wilkersons at Teen Challenge for help to start a campus ministry. Hence, the Seekers Christian Fellowships was born at NYU (Dr. Ben’s school) and Bronx Community College (Irma’s school). A year later, Seekers opened campus ministry in high schools (Music & Art High School and James Monroe High School). The ministry moved to Bethel Gospel Assembly when Dr. Ben, Rev. Faith Brown and Rev. Ezra Williams joined forces to incorporate Urban Youth Alliance as the umbrella organization for Seekers. Dr. Ben has a Ph.D in Church History from Union Theological Seminary in NYC, is the Co-Editor of Praise y Adoración, a bilingual hymnal, and the Pastor of the St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Perth Amboy, NJ.