Our staff may be reached by calling the church office at (860) 928-7405.


Gardner Spencer, Jocelyn B. & Matthew-2REV. JOCELYN B. GARDNER SPENCER, PASTOR

Jocelyn enjoys doing a little bit of everything, but she particularly loves leading worship, preaching, and creating education and formation opportunities for people of all ages.  Jocelyn believes that what we do in the church has the power to transform our lives and our world, to make us into agents of justice and beauty, mercy and joy, and she loves being part of such holy transformation.

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Melissa has served an array of congregations in New York City, Boston, and Connecticut.  While she loves all parts of church life, she most enjoys joining folks of all ages in exploring the Sacred, organizing family events, and leading intergenerational worship.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and recently finished a Master of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological School.  She loves to knit, paint, work on her 100-year-old fixer-upper, and occasionally get into some light mischief with her dog Oscar.





Ellen has been the office manager since 1999.  She plays guitar and bass with the Hill Church Hillbillies, The Skillet Lickers, the Praise Band, sings in the choir, plays in the Handbell Choir, and sings in the Norwich Diocesan Choir. She is a certified member of the local Community Emergency Response Team, with additional training in hurricane assistance and flu pandemic management, and is also a licensed phlebotomist.   In her free time she enjoys cooking and baking, chess, cribbage, shooting pool, reading, creative writing, hanging out with her family and pets, and playing her guitars. E-mail Ellen.





Ted has been music director here since 1995.   He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance and Sacred Music at Rhode Island College. After graduating college he spent twelve years manufacturing, rebuilding, and maintaining harpsichords and pipe organs.  He has organized numerous Messiah Sings, special concerts, and has involved the church music program in many community and ecumenical functions.   He sings with the Norwich Diocesan Choir and plays stand up bass and guitar and sings with the Hill Church Hillbillies and The Skillet Lickers.  Ted is also the church sexton. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, hiking and brewing his own beer. E-mail Ted.


Leilani has been the organist at the Hill Church since 1995.  She began her organ studies at Eastman  while she was an undergraduate at the University of Rochester and later studied at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.  She has been organist of several churches in the Chicago area before moving to the Quiet Corner in 1988.  She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and enjoys participating in master classes and playing in member and solo recitals.  She likes to hike and kayak when she is on vacation where she’s frequently found in music stores searching for new music.