Our Pastoral Team
Liza has been part of Riverfront since day one, filling in with everything from youth group to dressing up as Doodle the Dog! After attending Emory University and Yale Divinity School, she was ordained in the American Baptist Church and worked in education for three years. She is excited to be part of the Pastoral Team at Riverfront, following in her mom’s (Pastor Nancy’s) footsteps. Liza lives in Hartford with her husband Arunan (handsome worship leader) and together they are busy with one crazy dog and four young children through birth and adoption. When not at church, you can find Liza wiping butts, cleaning up oatmeal and dancing to the Wiggles.
Ben has been a member of Riverfront Family Church since 2010 and joined the staff in 2016. He is the full-time Executive Chef / Director of Food Services for the Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC Charities), overseeing the community soup kitchen and culinary jobs training program. Prior to becoming a full time chef, Ben was in full-time ordained ministry for 12 years, working as a youth pastor, campus pastor, associate pastor, interim pastor, church planter and lead pastor. A graduate of UCONN (BA-Philosophy) and Connecticut Culinary Institute, Ben also studied towards an M.Div at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, before taking leave to plant a church in Storrs, CT.
Jen came to Riverfront four years ago after working for years in education, most recently as a special education teacher for kids with severe behavioral needs. At Riverfront, she continues to work with kids of all abilities, helping them to see that God wants to use each of them to change the world around them. While not at work, she lives in Hartford with her wife and their two energetic sons, who keep her busy with sports, impromptu dance parties, and lots of Lego building.