Our staff may be reached by calling the church office at (860) 928-7405.  Office hours are generally 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday.


Bio for Rev. Downer

A positive, joyful leader; Rev. Downer teaches, preaches, pastors, and ministers in spiritually-grounded, practical ways. An openly gay man, Rev Kev believes our challenges present opportunities to express, extend and experience grace, love, compassion and justice.  He welcomes and affirms all wherever you may be on your life or spiritual journey.

He grew up in the area; spent a decade as a business consultant; started an emerging church in Chicago; and pastored diverse congregations in East Hollywood Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Toronto, and Worcester.  He has worked with interfaith, eccumenical, and social-justice organizations; was a member of the Chicago LGBT Substance Use and Abuse Task Force and the LGBT Asylum Task Force.

He enjoys running, gardening, baking and exploring life’s journey with his spouse Toby and their two cats. You can address him in whatever way you feel comfortable, e.g., Rev. Kev, Kevin, Pastor Kevin, Rev. Downer, etc. and contact him on Facebook, his cell phone 774.764.1021 or by email RevKev.  


Ellen has been the office manager since 1999.  She spent many years playing guitar and bass with the Hill Church Hillbillies, the Junior Choir, The Skillet Lickers;  singing in the choir, and playing in the Handbell Choir.  She currently is a member of the Norwich Diocesan Choir. She also graduated from QVCC and is a licensed phlebotomist.   In her free time she enjoys cooking, canning, sewing, chess, cribbage, shooting pool, writing, gardening,  her pets,  jamming with family and friends, and spending time with her adult daughter.   Ellen and her husband Edward live in Union, CT.  Email Ellen.



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.