Staff

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.

Learn more about Jocelyn here.

Email Jocelyn.

 

 

 

TARA SMOCK, photo+1DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Tara is a native of Norwich, CT, and has lived in Woodstock for the past five years. She and her husband, Steve, have been married for eleven years and have two daughters. Tara holds a Master’s Degree in Education and taught elementary school for ten years. Now she enjoys being a stay-at-home mom and spending time volunteering in her daughters’ classrooms. Tara is an active member on the executive boards of both the local MOMS Club and Woodstock PTO. In her spare time Tara enjoys reading, counted cross-stitch, and cooking. Email Tara.

 

A-DIR-Murdock, KatherineKATE MURDOCK, CO-DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES

Kate has grown up in this church family since she was a little girl. She has been a youth leader and church school teacher, and is excited to be serving now as co-director of youth ministries, along with Anne Sorensen and the youth from East Woodstock Congregational Church. Kate is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she majored in Human Development & Family Studies, concentrating in Early Childhood Development & Education.  She works as an Infant & Toddler Teacher for Early Head Start.  She lives in Thompson with her husband John and daughter Emma.  In her free time she enjoys running, jewelry making, cooking and reading.

 

STAFF-Boylan, Ellen-2ELLEN BRADLEY, OFFICE MANAGER

Ellen has been the office manager for seventeen years.  She plays guitar and bass with the Hill Church Hillbillies and The Skillet Lickers, and sings in the 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 and cribbage, reading, creative writing, and playing her guitars. E-mail Ellen.

 

 

Bradley, EdwardTED BRADLEY, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND SEXTON

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 is also the Assistant Director of the Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut, sings with the Norwich Diocesan Choir and plays stand up bass and guitar 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.

 
LA-DIR-STAFF-Nixon, LeilaniEILANI NIXON, ORGANIST

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.