Hector Custodio, PhD
Outreach Supervisor - Brentwood/Central Islip
"He aquí mi secreto: solo con el corazón se puede ver bien. Lo esencial es invisible a los ojos." - El Principito
Rev. Dr. Hector B. Custodio (better known as Pastor Benny) was born in East New York, Brooklyn and is of Dominican descent. He dropped out of school in the 6th grade and spent twenty years of his life as a wrongfully convicted man. Thanks to many mentors and his own determination, while in prison, he earned his GED and his BA degree. In 2006, he was accepted into the New York Theological Seminary Master's degree program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. He graduated in 2007 and became the coordinator of Rising Hope, a college level program, at Fishkill Correctional Facility.
On September 27, 2011, he was finally released. Since his release, Pastor Benny earned his CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol Substance Abuse Counseling) license, became a NYS Chaplain and is a member of the New York State Chaplaincy Task Force (NYSCTF). Pastor Benny is an ordained minister who currently works with the mental health, substance abuse, and re-entry population. Subsequently, he is the Senior Pastor at Immanuel-First Spanish United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, NY. Pastor Benny is currently establishing his not for profit organization, Never Forsaken Re-entry Ministries, Inc. and has earned a Doctorate in Ministry from the Andover Newton Theological School. Pastor
Benny enjoys being a part of the human repair business and his mission is to put the Department of Corrections out of business...one mind at a time!
Benny joined the STRONG Family in March 2018 as a Suffolk-based Outreach Supervisor.
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