Our Pastoral Team

Liza Arulampalam

Co-Lead Pastor

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.



Email: liza@riverfront.church

Phone: 860-540-4175 ext 2

Ben Dubow

Co-Lead Pastor

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. 


Email: ben@riverfront.church

Phone: 860-540-4175 ext 3


Jen Moyer

Co-Lead Pastor

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.


Email: jen@riverfront.church

Phone: 860-540-4175 ext 4


Board of Directors

Our Church is led by a small group of spiritual leaders who meet regularly to seek to shape our personal lives to be like Jesus and to learn how to disciple others in our church. Our goal is to create a big, happy extended family with a spiritual center. 


EMail: board@riverfront.church


Ellen Cannon

Executive Director

Email: ellen@riverfront.church

Phone: 860-540-4175 ext 1


Ellen arrived in December of 2014 and was very excited to join our staff after managing the office of small oil company in Colchester for a many years.  Her daughter Eileen, a Hartt student, has worked with our church for the past 4 years and Ellen was thrilled to join her working at Riverfront Family Church.  She lives in Marlborough with her husband Rick, and two other daughters Corinne and Mary Kate.  In her freetime Ellen enjoys running, following the Red Sox and UCONN Women's Basketball.

Rev. Nancy Butler

Founding Pastor

E-mail: nancy@riverfrontfamilychurch.com


Nancy founded RFC to combine the best of liberal and conservative churches.  From the liberal tradition, we learned inclusivity and intellectual honesty. From the evangelical tradition, we learned whole-hearted commitment to Jesus, personal devotions, and passionate worship. Nancy is married to her high school sweetheart, Greg. Nancy and Greg and the proud parents of two adult daughters and four grandchildren! Nancy was diagnosed with ALS in February 2014 and passed away December 7, 2016. You can read her obituary here.


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224 Farmington Ave

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