About Us

How it began...

In 2010, it became clear that a new season was upon Pastors Eric and Melissa. After much prayer and fasting, they received further prophetic words of what God would do in New England, specifically Connecticut. There were many incredible and undeniable confirmations: the vision they had long carried had become a “now” season.

In early 2014, Eric, Melissa, and their children Moriah, Lauren, and Christian stepped out in faith to plant Legacy Church. The Lord directed their steps to the greater Farmington area, home to the world headquarters of several large corporations, the UConn Health Center, and strategically located just minutes from the state capital of Hartford.

After months of behind-the-scenes preparation we held our “pre-launch” service in May 2014 at the Hartford Marriott Farmington hotel. The service was attended by over 100 people and was an important step in establishing our Sunday experience. Each week thereafter, our volunteer teams continued to work in excellence to hone our Sunday morning setup routine. Every detail was covered: staging, worship team equipment, Legacy Kids rooms, welcome areas, signage, and more.

In September 2014 we held our inauguration service. Friends and Kingdom family from all over the world came to celebrate the official launch of Legacy Church. The room was filled with a sense of purpose and expectation for what God would do in Connecticut.

Lives Changed...

Each week, we continue to find ourselves in awe of the testimonies of healing, salvation, and breakthrough happening in the lives of our church family. Attendance continues to climb, our children’s ministry is thriving, and our volunteer base is expanding. The commission to be a cross-generational, cross-cultural, and cross-relational church is coming to pass. You are invited to attend our next Sunday gathering, held each week at 10am at the Irving A. Robbins Middle School.**

Why We Exist

We’re here to help people
Know God,
Find Freedom,
Discover their Purpose, 

and Make a Difference.

Whether you’re new to church, have been a Christian for many years, or are looking for a fresh start, you’re welcome here. Our hope is to give you a place where you experience a fresh, enjoyable connection to God and a community of people. We keep our focus simple so we can have the biggest impact possible. Everything we do as a church is filtered through our focus on helping every person live the full life for which God created all of us.

Our Lead Pastors

Eric and Melissa Peoples are the Lead Pastors of Legacy Church. 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 the same now as then. That Legacy Church would be 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.

Prior to launching Legacy Church, Eric joined the pastoral staff at Church of the Living God in Manchester, CT in 1995 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.

Melissa studied at Elim Bible Institute & College in Lima, NY. She 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 received his Doctorate in Ministry and studied organizational leadership at Western Theological Seminary. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Biblical Leadership and Master of Arts in Executive Leadership at Regent University and Southwestern University. Like Melissa, Eric studied at Elim Bible Institute & College. He is a Certified Life Coach and lifelong learner. Before 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.

Eric and Melissa recently celebrated 32 years of marriage, which has been a faith-filled life of ministry, adventure, and miracles. They love traveling, sampling good coffee, reading books, and spending time with their three amazing adult children.

Meet the team

Dan Burgess

Worship Director
Dan is our Worship Director and Olivia serves in the Legacy Nursery as well as being a nurse in our local community.

Daniel & Sally Park

Pastors of Care & Outreach
Daniel and Sally are pastors overseeing the Care Ministry and Daniel is also the Pastor of Outreach and Missions.

Dave & Katelyn Waite

Family Life Pastor & Admin
Dave is our Family Life Pastor overseeing Legacy Kids and Legacy Youth and Katelyn works part-time in our admin department.

Lauren Wood

Executive Ministry Director
Lauren is the Executive Ministry Director overseeing various areas of ministry and administration at Legacy Church.

We are strengthened through our relationships

The Legacy Board

The Legacy Board is made up of pastors of respected congregations and ministries who love Legacy Church and are willing to provide spiritual wisdom and oversight to our lead pastors and the church.



Legacy Affiliations

Legacy Church is affiliated with Elim Fellowship in Lima, New York. Elim Fellowship is a missional family made up of pastors, missionaries, executives, churches, and ministries who's mission is to strengthen the leader, to equip the church, to reach the world.

Legacy is also connected with both Intentional Churches based in Nevada and the Grow Network through Church of the Highlands in Alabama.

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together at 10:00 am.