Our Staff

Tom Griffith

Lead Pastor

Tom and his wife Brenda have been married for 35 years and have 4 children. Tom has been serving as the lead pastor at River of Life Church since 1985.  Tom also is the Director of the Pierce Fellowship at the Gordon Conwell Boston Campus, providing mentoring and spiritual formation to seminary students. Additionally, he serves the prayer movement in Greater Boston and New England, often facilitating Prayer Summits in this region.  


Tom received his Bachelor’s Degree (University of Florida); Masters of Divinity (Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary); Doctorate of Ministry (Gordon Conwell).

Denise Clark

Church Administrator

Andrew Fassett

Transition Coordinator

Andrew and his wife Kelly and their baby Abigail live in Dorchester in an intentional Christian community house. Andrew served as an officer in the Marine Corps for seven years prior to attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Boston Campus where he earned his Master of Divinity. 

He is passionate about equipping people to live out God's mission in their lives. He is excited about where God is leading River of Life and what the future will hold. 


Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree (RPI); Masters of Divinity (Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, CUME)

Leadership Team

The staff and leadership here at River of Life is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out to them. Feel free to email any of our leaders and you also are always welcome to call our office at 617-942-3586

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Joe Reed

Joe is married to Natalie and they have three wonderful kids. He is passionate about seeing God's kingdom multiplied all over the world. His desire for making disciples led him and his family from their home in Indiana to South Africa and now to Boston. He followed the Lord's lead in founding a non-profit, Exponent Group, at the end of 2018 in partnership with other ministries to activate leaders and go from addition to multiplication in disciple making. 

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Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass is a grandmother who loves her family and friends, bike-commuting, being outside especially in hot weather, cooking, and helping us all grow in pursuing our unique purpose and in following Jesus.  She and her husband Jeff are (still) happily married after 37 years, having lived in Roxbury for the last 33 years.  They became part of River of Life when two churches and a ministry merged in 1994.  One grown son is a professional artist in Boston, the other lives with his family in the UK.  Professionally, she helps nonprofits focus on improving outcomes for the people and places they exist to engage.  As an independent consultant working out of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, she helps nonprofits get clear on their intended impact and program strategy and learn to gather and use data to improve outcomes.  

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Stacie Mickelson

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Andrew Fassett

Andrew and his wife Kelly and their baby Abigail live in Dorchester in an intentional Christian community house. Andrew served as an officer in the Marine Corps for seven years prior to attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Boston Campus where he earned his Master of Divinity. 

He is passionate about equipping people to live out God's mission in their lives. He is excited about where God is leading River of Life and what the future will hold. 

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440 Centre St.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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