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.



The Rev. Dr. Debbie Pallatto-Fontaine currently serves as Transitional Minister at FCCW. Debbie was ordained in this church and has extensive experience in church ministry, spiritual formation, and global outreach. She has volunteered for Global Ministries teaching in China and South Korea and now devotes her time in Haiti where she is the Special Projects Administrator for the Be Like Brit Foundation. Debbie is responsible for teacher training and staff development at Brit’s Home, a home for 65 children in Grand Goave, Haiti. She began a school at the home which opened September 2019. Debbie also serves as a spiritual director and retreat leader. Please email Rev. Debbie at



Lisa is joy-filled to join the First Congregational Church of Woodstock as the Director of Family Ministries.  She and her husband Bob, recently arrived in Woodstock after a move from North Carolina.  Working with children of all ages, teaching cooking and sewing and leading both of her daughter’s (Emma, 25 and Alex, 22) Girl Scout troops from Daisies through Ambassadors, Lisa has facilitated God and Life programs, Sunday school classes and Godly Play and co-created Mission Possible, a middle school outreach ministry.

With a BS in Home Economics Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Lisa taught in Pennsylvania, Texas and North Carolina schools. Curiosity and desire to learn more about the Bible and our Christian faith prompted Lisa to complete an MA in Practical Theology through Pfeiffer University in 2016. Email Lisa at



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. Email 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. Email 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.