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We are real people, living in a real world, serving a real God. We are a community of people who are striving together to discover God's purpose and plan for our lives.  Proverbs 27:17 states that "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. " So, we believe that life is better together! 


We strive to be a church without walls, as Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken.  At LifeWay, we want to reach the "One", the One who is feeling disconnected, the One who is far from God.


We highly value our relationships with one another. We look to grow through fellowship and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all of the lost and broken, and lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus.



LifeWay Church exists to "Reach The One" in the greater Hartford area and beyond, to help them connect with God, others, and community.


LIfeWay Church does not just exist for the people who are here, we exist for the people who are not here yet. We want you to be a part of reaching the one who is lost, absent, or disconnected.


We love God passionately. We will do anything short of sin to "Reach the One". We are spiritual contributors not spiritual consumers. We desire to grow. We laugh hard, loud and often. We believe in life-changing encounters. We put His Kingdom first. We believe you belong. We believe the best of each other.


What do we believe about God?
What do we believe about Jesus Christ?
What do we believe about mankind?
What do we believe about the Bible?
What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?


Pastor Steve Cianci

Steve Cianci

Lead Pastor

A Newington native, Steve Cianci is co-founder and lead pastor here at Lifeway. He and his wife, Tina, have been married for over 20 years and have 2 boys, Michael and Silas. Pastor Steve is a church planter and musician with a heart to reach people with the love of Jesus.  When not with his family or sharing the gospel, Pastor Steve is often found playing retro video games and listening to podcasts.

Pastor Joel Rissinger

Joel Rissinger

Pastor Emeritus & Co-Founder

Pastor Joel has been in ministry for over 30 years as a pastor, speaker, writer, and chaplain. He has a heart to see lives transformed through Jesus Christ.

Pastor Christine Crowley



Executive Pastor

Pastor Christine has served in ministry for over 20 years alongside her husband, Family Pastor Tim Crowley.  She has 5 children and is a nurse by day and pastor by night & weekend. Christine's passion is to see the local community come to know the love of Jesus.  In her free time, she has been seen eating several bowls of Lucky Charms while binge watching van life videos.

Matt Raineault

Life Groups Pastor

Pastor Matt has a heart for community and a passion for discipleship.  He is committed to helping people connect, grow, and thrive in their faith journey. Pastor Matt believes that life is better together and works tireliessly to create meaningful and authentic relationships within our church community.

Tina Cianci

Tina Cianci

Worship Leader

A Montreal, Canada native, Tina’s love for music has been a lifelong journey which started out with a little girl singing solos in church.  As her love for music grew, she stepped into her role of leading worship. Tina is married to lead pastor Stephen Cianci and has 2 sons, 2 cats, and a dog named Ruger she has plastered all over her social media.

Pastor Tim Crowley

Tim Crowley

Digital Media and Online Campus Pastor

Born and raised in CT. 5 kids. Beautiful wife. Called by God to serve Him ministering to people, especially young people.

Kristy Koyama

Kristy Koyama

LifeWay Learning Center Director & Head Teacher

Born and raised in Newington, Kristy has been working with children and families for over 20 years. Kristy has been attending LifeWay Church for 6 years and leads our Guest Services department. She has been the Head Teacher at LifeWay Learning Center for 2 1/2 years.

In her down time, she loves spending time with her family, listening to music, and cooking.

Jose and Evette Rivera

Children's Pastors

Pastor Jose and Evette are inspiring children to grow in faith and love in a safe and joyful space where kids can learn, laugh and experience God's love in exciting ways.