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New Here

New Here

Bruce Hillman

Lead Pastor

Bruce E. Hillman, Jr. is the Lead Pastor at Hillside. He holds a BA in History and Political Science from Quinnipiac University, (Hamden, CT), an MDiv. from the Lutheran Brethren Seminary (Fergus Falls, MN) and an STM in patristics from Drew University (Madison, NJ); his research involves Augustinian studies and early Christianity. He has served as Selectman to the City of Torrington, CT, and is the former pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Henning MN. Additionally, Bruce serves on the Fifth Act Church Planting board and is a 1517 Contributor. Bruce enjoys cooking, reading, all things British, and conversations with good friends. You can contact Bruce via email at

Ruth Basile

Ministry Coordinator

Ruth is our Ministry Coordinator; overseeing all of the various ministries we have here at Hillside. She creates the graphic media and takes care of facilitating communication regarding these ministries to the congregation, as well as maintaining our website and newsletter. Ruth holds a BS in Elementary Education and has worked in a variety of professional settings. Ruth has five children, three of which are semi-adulting, and two still at home to keep her young. She unwinds by enjoying painting, cooking, gardening and spending time with her husband, Frank and children. You can contact Ruth via email at

Vinnie Sottile

Director of Music

Vinnie is the Music Director here at Hillside. He is responsible for planning and leading our Sunday worship experiences.  He enjoys playing the piano and has multiple credits as a music major for three years at the College of Staten Island.  He holds a BS with a major in Nursing.  Yes, he is a nurse, so he has some compassion.  He is married to his lovely bride, Katie, both are proud parents to their son Liam, and they enjoy both outdoor and indoor adventures together. You can contact Vinnie via email at

Sabrina Rodriguez

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Sabrina is the Coordinator of several children's ministries here at Hillside. She manages a group of volunteers for weekly Sunday School classes (ages Pre-K thru 5th), our Wednesday evening Hillside Kids program (grades K-5th), and summertime Vacation Bible School. Sabrina holds a bachelors degree in Psychology, Minor in American Sign Language and has obtained her Master's Degree in Social Work. Her zest for life is contagious and her voice is one like the angels! You can contact Sabrina via email at

Michelle Iannicelli

Church Secretary

Michelle is the glue that holds the office together. She is in charge of the day to day activities that go on here at Hillside and handles all of it with ease and grace. If you call the office, you will most likely be speaking to Michelle! Michelle and her husband, Jim and son, Matt have been attending Hillside for over 17 years and have been actively involved with numerous ministries here. Michelle brings a wide range of professional experience to her job as well as bringing her happy disposition to all that work alongside of her. You can contact Michelle via email at