Staff

Liberty Community Church is so more than what you see on-stage on Sunday morning. We're proud to introduce you to our amazing staff, the heart of this ministry.

  • Ralph Purificato

    Senior Pastor


    Ralph grew up in Hamden, CT, and joined the Hamden Fire Department in 1981. Shortly after getting married in 1980, he began feeling the Lord tugging on his heart. It was during this time he desired to find out all he could about Christianity and shortly thereafter he and his wife both dedicated their lives to the Lord.

     

    As the founding pastor of Liberty in 1996, Ralph had the challenge of juggling a full-time job as a firefighter as well as a full-time pastor. It wasn’t until 2002 that Ralph retired from the fire department to devote his energy to full-time ministry.

     

    Ralph and his wife, Reyna, have three children and live in Wallingford, CT.

    Contact info: Ralph@LibertyCommunity.com

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  • Joe Martucci

    Elder/Mens Ministry

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  • Erik Havumaki

    Elder/Teen Ministry

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  • Lyndsay Cuomo

    Praise Team  Co-Leader


    As the Praise Team Leader, Lyndsay's job is to manage the ins and outs of the Praise Team, such as scheduling musicians and vocalists, building set lists, and booking team conferences. She works closely with our Music Director, Tom, to choose songs, audition new team members and continually develop the team's mission and focus. 

     

    Lyndsay joined the Praise Team in 2014 and became Team Leader in 2016. She and her husband Michael live in Wallingford with their son, Christian and their dog, Jack. In addition to her family, she loves Jesus, music, Netflix and coffee!  

    Contact: lyndsay@libertycommunity.com

    Facebook: facebook.com/lyndsaycuomo

     


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  • Tom Oppelt

    Praise Team Co-Leader


    Hey! I'm Tom. I'v been here at Liberty since 2003. I love it. I'v been playing bass on the praise team since I came here. A few years ago I was asked to step up and be the music director. Now, I oversee the music here, making sure we're playing to the best of our ability with the talents we have. We strive to edify the church and please God with the music we play. Lyndsay and I try our best to pick out some good music  that rings true to what the bible, and subsequently our church, teaches. I attend Liberty with my wife Alli. I'm an electrician. When you can't find me at Taco Bell, I'm usually out golfing or riding...but my favorite hobby is lounging. If you have any questions, or want a good book suggestion, you can find me at church or email me at toppelt@gmail.com.


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  • Crystal Diaz Benitez

    Children's Ministry Director

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  • Victoria Graczyk

    Nursery Director

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  • Reyna Purificato

    Women's Ministries


    As you may have guessed by the last name, I am married to the pastor.  I joke that when God “called my husband”, I answered the call and said, “the number you have reached is not in service….”.   I mean, I would never imagine He would turn a living room Bible Study in 1996 into a church, and yet here we are, part of this great church family He has gathered.

    My favorite part about “Liberty Girlfriends”? – it’s definitely the girlfriends I get to hang out with and serve alongside.  Some lead or help in service ministries like our Sewing/Crochet ministry that does local and international outreach projects, or the team that coordinates Back-to-School and Christmas projects for our local Domestic Violence Shelter.  Others lead Bible Studies, Secret Sisters, host retreats and conferences, or give us Pasta-making lessons, all to encourage us and help us grow closer to Christ and each other.  There are plenty of opportunities to connect, to grow and serve here.  Visit Liberty Girlfriends on Facebook, and ‘like’ our page to stay in the loop.  libertygirlfriends@gmail.com


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  • Michelle Velez

    Hospitality Team

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  • Nick Rasso

    FaceBook Live Ministry


    I started coming to LCC back in 2012. I have been running the Facebook Live Ministry for 3 to 4 years. Happily married to my awesome wife Liz. Together we have three amazing children, Vito, Julia, and Jack. 

     

    Recording the sermons weekly. Converting them to live video stream on our LCC Facebook page. Having this ministry offers many benefits. Not only to our existing congregation, but also to the rest of the general public. If our congregation is on vacation, or unfortunately ill and unable to attend the service, the Livestream Video still allows them to not only listen, but also watch the weekly teaching. For the general public.. This feature gives them the opportunity to get a taste of our pastors style of teaching, along with our church environment, before deciding to visit in person. The teachings are saved to the FB page so that people can go back and rewatch a particular teaching.

     

    Contact info

    https://www.facebook.com/n.vitoraso

     N.VitoRaso@Gmail.Com

     

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  • Brian Mezick

    DR Missions


    Brian leads groups of volunteers from Liberty each fall on a short-term mission trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic. The mission team provides desperately needed mobile medical clinics, construction, and food distribution to the bateys and barrios of La Romana, DR. The trip is a special time for those from Liberty to serve others while growing together with their church family. Brian was also appointed by Liberty to serve on the board of directors of the Dominican Republic Mission Team, where he serves as the chairman of the non-profit organization that coordinates the missions work.

    You often seen him on Sunday mornings starting off the worship service with announcements and sharing about special events. Brian also helps with the men’s ministry and serves as an usher. He occasionally preaches from time to time. He has also been enlisted as the church bus driver!

    He was raised in a Christian home and attended West Woods Christian Academy. After college he returned home to CT and felt conviction to be in fellowship at a local church with other believers. Brian has been part of Liberty since 2009 and the rest is history. Brian lives in Wallingford and when he’s not serving the Lord, he’s out serving papers as a CT State Marshal.  Contact: mezick8501@gmail.com

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  • Larry Dvorsky

    Mens Ministry

     

    Larry leads the men’s Ministry at Liberty.  This involves working with the individual leaders of all of the men’s ministry groups (Bible study, Men’s dinners/breakfast, Camp Spofford retreat, etc.).

    He and his family have attended Liberty Community church since 2015.  When we decided to go “church shopping” after attending another church for close to ten years.  The first stop was Liberty and we have been here ever since!  The whole family has found value beyond attending on Sunday, whether it be children’s church, the youth ministry, women’s groups or the fellowship amongst the members.

    His family consist of his wife Cathy and kids Bob, Rebecca and Jacqueline .  The kids all attend a Christian school and are heavily involved in sports and music.  Larry enjoys back country snowmobiling, learning to play the guitar and hanging out with his family.

    Larry can be reached via e mail ldvorsky@arborenergy.com

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