Fikru Aligaz came to the United States as part of a refugee resettlement program in 1980 shortly before receiving the Lord as his Savior. He married his high school sweetheart, Martha Aligaz, in 1982. As an outgrowth of his experience in the church, he moved to Olathe, Kansas, where he earned a degree in church music from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Later, he earned an MBA degree from Pittsburg State University. He is the founder of Bethel Music Ministry and lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with his family.