Founders

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Apostle Ben Paz is the founder and Senior Pastor of Words of Life Christian Center in the Bronx, New York—which he leads in partnership with his wife, Apostle Teresa Paz. Although born in the Dominican Republic, Ben spent most of his early formative childhood years living in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, along with his maternal grandparents, mother, identical twin brother and younger sister. During his teen years, the family relocated to the Dominican Republic, where Ben became a highly sought-after interpreter for English-speaking missionaries, while he continued to passionately serve as a Youth Leader in his church.

At one particular youth camp he met a biology student named Teresa, who worked as a Researcher at the National Museum of Natural History. After a 5-year courtship, Ben and Teresa married, and settled in New York City in pursuit of God’s plan for them. Along with other neighborhood youth, they formed a weekly Bible study group that outgrew the small living room of its origin, and over the years evolved into Words of Life Christian Center.

Today they dedicate themselves to empower and equip leaders to transform the world. Ben is one of the co-founders of the City of Refuge Ministry Network, and the author of the Spanish language book “A Blessed Life.” Teresa is the Founder and Creative Director of the UNIQUE Women’s Conference series. In 2012 she published her first book: “ Diary of a Hungry Heart: Life Testimonies.” They reside in New York City, along with their daughter and son, Laura and Danny, and their beloved dog, Max.