On behalf of the entire Bethel Praise & Worship Choir, the Board Members and on my behalf, I want to warmly welcome you to our website. We hope you find our site simple to navigate, intuitive to your needs and complete with the information you desire. The Bethel Music Ministry is a ministry that is committed to providing opportunities to worshiping God in meaningful ways to strengthening and enriching the church members and brings non-believers into His kingdom.
Mr. Fikru Aligaz moved to the United States in 1980 through a refugee resettlement program. The same year he received the Lord in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. There he became a founding member of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church of Washington, DC. As an outgrowth of his experience in the church, Mr. Aligaz moved to Olathe, KS to pursue a degree in Church Music at Mid America Nazarene University. He received his BA in 1990.
While he was a student, Mr. Aligaz helped found the Ethiopian Christian Fellowship in Olathe, KS and served on the board of elders for four years. He also served as a Minister of Music and formed the first choir; he led praise & worship music for Sunday services.
In April 1992, Mr. Aligaz founded Bethel Music Ministry to reach out primarily the Ethiopian Community in United States and, proclaim Christ as the Savior through music to strengthen and enrich the spiritual life of its members and bring non-believers into His kingdom.
Mr. Aligaz traveled extensively all over the United States at the invitation of the local churches. He has supported, through music, the work of the annual Chicago conference (Ethiopian Evangelical Christian Association). Later he was also given the responsibility of directing the "United Choir". In August 1997, Fikru finished his appointment at E.E.C.A. to be able to concentrate on Bethel Music Ministry. He has recorded one solo and four instrumental gospel albums. In May 1998, for the first time through the support and cooperation over fifteen Ethiopian Evangelical Churches from twenty cities in ten states, Bethel Music Ministry has been able to assemble thirty-six members "the Bethel Praise and Worship Choir".
Mr. and Mrs. Aligaz reside in Olathe, KS with their beautiful daughters Lydia, Sharon and their son Emmanuel F. Aligaz. Lydia Aligaz is first year in graduate school and Sharon & Emmanuel are attending elementary/middle school and both loves playing musical instruments, reading, writing and helping around the house.
About The Ministry
The Bethel Music Ministry was conceptualized from the visionary directive given to our founder Mr. Fikru Aligaz. While a student at MidAmerica Nazarene University was given the go-ahead to start a music ministry to enrich the praise and worship music of Ethiopian churches in North America and the rest of the world. Bethel Music Ministry was formed in April 1992 as a not-for profit tax-exempt Kansas Corporation. The organization is led by board, which includes the president, treasurer, secretary and a trustee. We are a non-denominational evangelical organization.
Bethel Praise & Worship Choir
After a long gestation period, in 1998, over thirty men and women from different parts of the state as well as different walks of life came together to form the Bethel Praise and Worship Choir. One thing we all share in common is the Lord Jesus Christ and how he has, and continues to impact our lives and the lives of the people we minister. Since then, the Choir has traveled twice a year to multiple locations in the US including Atlanta, Columbus, OH., Dallas, TX., Denver, CO., Houston, TX., Olathe, KS., Los Angeles, CA., Minneapolis, MN. Phoenix, AZ. Seattle, WA., Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy.
It is the intention of this ministry to see believers, and worshipers in the church who seek the intimacy of the secret place with the Father. Also, to see people have their bodies touched, their minds renewed, and their wounded hearts healed.
No matter the size of the congregation, it is our desire to bring a fresh positive approach Just as the ancient Levites, priests, and musicians led the Israelites into battle with songs of praise and worship, a new generation is discovering the power of a broken and contrite heart, lifted up to God in expressions of love and adoration.
Day and night they never stop saying: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne"...the twenty-four elders fall down before Him, and worship Him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne. Revelation 4:8-11 (NIV)