Eric & Melissa Peoples
Lead Pastors of Legacy Church
Eric and Melissa studied at Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY and took on a number of ministry roles working with youth, young adults, and small groups. In 1995, Eric joined the pastoral staff at Church of the Living God in Manchester, CT where he and Melissa launched one of New England’s first generation ministries, reaching youth and young adults ages 12-24.
Over a 19-year tenure, Eric branched out into additional roles as a worship leader and senior associate pastor, and pioneered the church’s overseas missions programs. To date, he has led hundreds of people on international trips to affect social change and provide humanitarian aid in over forty countries.
In 2014, the Peoples set out in faith to plant Legacy Church to serve the Farmington and West Hartford region with a vibrant, Spirit-filled church. Their vision is for a cross-cultural, cross-generational community that loves Jesus, embraces the Holy Spirit, and empowers people to make a Godly impact in every sphere of life.
Melissa is a Certified Life Coach, and spearheads Legacy’s small groups, women’s ministry, and administration. She has also taken an active interest in local government, seeking ways to further serve the Farmington and West Hartford community.
Eric continued his education at Regent University and Southwestern University, earning his Bachelors of Science in Biblical Leadership and Master of Arts in Executive Leadership. Eric is also a Certified Life Coach and is a life-long learner. Prior to entering the ministry, Eric was one of the nation’s top corporate reps for Xerox. This experience has helped expand his influence into the business sector, where he advises several high impact organizations. He also serves as an elder of Elim Fellowship in Lima, NY.
Eric and Melissa recently celebrated 27 years of marriage, which has been a faith-filled life of ministry, adventure, and miracles. They love traveling, sampling good French press coffees, reading books, and spending time with their three amazing children, Moriah, Lauren, and Christian.