Steve Cianci is the founding and lead pastor of LifeWay Church (formerly Cedar Mountain Church) in Newington CT. He and his wife, Tina, have been married for 20 years and have 2 children.
After graduating Northpoint Bible College, he has served in various ministry capacities in the Hartford area, including, inner city outreach and Children’s and youth pastor.
Having a heart to reach people in the Greater Hartford area, Steve and Tina took a step of faith, called on some friends, and with God's help, launched Cedar Mountain Church on September 21, 2014.
Steve is passionate about people and music founding the band “Driving Reign” in 2007. DR has shared the stage with national artists, released 2 CDs, and played events in support of international relief organization, Convoy of Hope.
In addition to a pastor, Steve is a practice leader and IT Solutions Architect for Lighthouse Computer Services, a premier IT Solutions firm in the Northeast.
Pastor Joel L. Rissinger and his wife Karen have been married for more than 31 years and have two adult children, a marvelous son-in-law, and two gorgeous granddaughters. Pastor Joel is the Executive Pastor of LifeWay Church (formerly Mill Pond Church, where he served as lead pastor for eleven years).
Pastor Joel has been in fulltime ministry since 1992. In this capacity, he has led several congregations through major transitions prior to planting Mill Pond Church. He and his wife Karen, a School Psychologist have helped hundreds of couples through counseling, their popular “Marriage Time-Out” retreats, Iron Sharpens Iron Seminars, and other public ministry. “PJ” as he’s often called, is also a speaker, teacher, and coach for several organizations and loves to serve in this capacity. Among others, this includes acting as a presenter for the “Perspectives” Missions course, and as a seminar presenter for Life Innovations, Inc., and their popular Prepare-Enrich marriage counseling program. In addition to his pastoral and speaking duties, Pastor Joel is a Chaplain for several Corporations in New England where he coaches and encourages employees, offering spiritual guidance in the workplace.
Joel has a BA in theology from Ambassador University, as well as MAs in both religion and religious education from Liberty University. He is currently a D.Min. student with the Antioch School in Ames, Iowa. Karen Rissinger has her BA in Theology also from Ambassador as well as a Masters in School Psychology from the University of Hartford, CT.