Growing up involved in his catholic church, Efrain Alicea always felt God’s call. However, it wasn't until 1991 that Efrain came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In time, he began to work with youth and other evangelistic ministries. Efrain also began rapping under the stage name, Brother E, doing concerts and making albums.
Back in 2008, while vacationing in the Grand Canyon with his wife, Erika, Efrain heard the Lord speak these words to his heart: “It’s time to open My church.” Alongside a dedicated core team, Elements Church was planted. The mission statement reads: Leading the urban culture to Christ by cultivating relationship.
The Elements Church is a committed group of people who believe in the vision of church as community. We use urban music, urban art and urban living to help people along their journey of hope, friendship and sanctuary in Christ.
Efrain is a father of 2 and a proud new grandfather.
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
Erika Alicea is a testimony to this Bible verse. Erika grew up in church and, as a teen, became a helper in Sunday School. After rededicating her life to the Lord in 1999, she soon became a Sunday School teacher herself and has been serving in this capacity ever since.
It was always a dream for Erika to give back to the Bronx community she came from. So for 12 years, Erika had the privilege of being a classroom teacher and reading specialist within the NYC public school system. She has now answered the call to homeschool her daughter, Isabel, and serve the homeschooling community.
"It is the desire of the Sharing is Caring Children’s Ministry to raise our children knowing the Gospel so they may have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, regardless of age, and that they, in turn, may be a light to their family, friends and community." -Erika Alicea
Randy & Marina
Associate Pastor & Worship Leaders
Randy Mason is a NYC emcee and art educator from the Bronx. As a father, husband, recording artist, author, educator and pastor, Ran draws from a deep well of unique & diverse experiences to tell stories through songs and sermons-
engaging communities, in a way that is real, relevant, meaningful and memorable.
Marina is an educator in the poorest school district in the USA, the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. Marina inspires children every day to learn, love, and live with respect and dignity, while giving the priceless and powerful gift of reading, as a reading recovery specialist. Marina loves the Lord, has a passion for God’s Word, and for ministry. Her experience growing up in the Bronx, excelling in academics, and athletics, all lend to her unique perspective and allow for a fresh take on the holy scriptures.
Randy and Marina are the parents of 6 beautiful children.
Celeste found the Lord at the age of 24 through a book that was recommended by a college friend. She has been serving Him faithfully ever since.
She was born in the Bronx and was raised in upstate New York and Western Massachusetts . Celeste returned to the city to finish her education and graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Sociology. Celeste says, “I’ve always had a heart for the BX and its people.”
1 Corinthians 12: 4-7 says, “There are different kinds of gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve but the same Lord to serve. And there are different ways that God works through people but the same God. God works in all of us in everything we do. Something from the Spirit can be seen in each person, for the common good.” Celeste truly believes there are no small tasks in God’s kingdom and that includes the day to day operations of a church.
When Carmen Sanchez was in college, she felt she had everything she could ever want in life. Yet, there was a void deep inside and it wasn’t until a friend invited her to a Bible Study on campus that she realized an intimate relationship with God was what she was longing for. It was then that she dedicated her life to Christ.
As a new Christian, Carmen started attending church, in particular, Tuesday night prayer because of its more intimate setting. Those simple prayer nights deepened her relationship with God and developed within her a lifestyle of prayer.
Over the years, Carmen has used her creative talents to help others deepen their relationship with God through various ministerial roles, including Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, and Small Group Facilitator. However, leading prayer nights is very dear to her heart. Carmen is passionate about knowing God more intimately and understands firsthand the power of a simple prayer. She also enjoys the outdoors and hearing from God through nature.
"The family is the nucleus of civilization.” -Will Durant
At Elements church everyone is family. Come and visit soon. We'll save a seat for you.