co-lead pastor

Ben has been a member of Riverfront Family Church since 2010 and joined the staff in 2016 as co-lead pastor.  When not at RFC, Ben is the Executive Director for Forge City Works, a non-profit agency in Hartford CT focused on food access, culinary job readiness training, and using food-based social enterprise to transform people, neighborhoods and the city. Ben is also and adjunct instructor at the University of Theology and Spirituality (UTS) and the Graduate Academy of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Supervision.  Ben completed his MDiv from UTS and is currently pursuing his D.Th., Doctor of Theology in Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy.


Ordained for ministry by the Next Leader Association, Ben is passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion in the church, mentoring younger leaders, developing leadership gifts and helping people use their leadership skills in a variety of settings including business, community and non-profit sectors.  Ben is single and lives in Hartford.

Community Involvement:

  • Executive Director, Forge City Works (Hartford, CT)

  • Board Member, St. Timothy's Church (Storrs, CT)

  • Commissioner, City of Hartford, Hartford Food Policy Commission

  • Board Member, Southern Downtown (SoDo) Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ) (Hartford, CT)

  • Board Member, Hartford Chamber of Commerce


Make an appointment w/Pastor Ben

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co-lead pastor / children & family ministries

Jen came to Riverfront in 2011 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 four energetic kids, who keep her busy with sports, impromptu dance parties, and lots of Lego building.




teaching 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 urban education in New Haven for three years prior to coming on staff at Riverfront. Liza lives in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford with her husband Arunan and together they are busy with one crazy dog and five young children through birth and adoption. Liza also serves as Senior Pastor at Center Congregational Church, also in Hartford.




executive director

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.



nasheen duffus & amara goffe

lead teachers 

Nasheen and Amara supervise our nursery and PreK/K program Noah's ark. Both work in professional childcare settings outside of church.




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.