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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

Erick Sorensen

Associate Pastor

Erick is Hillside's part-time Associate Pastor. In addition to his work at Hillside, Erick serves 1517 as their East Coast Representative of Relations and Development. Erick is married to Melissa, and they have three boys together. He earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Brethren Seminary and had served as a Pastor in Fontana, California, Staten Island, and Manhattan, New York. He is a 1517 Contributor, a conference/itinerant speaker, co-host of 30 Minutes in the New Testament (a 1517 Podcast), and also serves on the board of Fifth Act Church Planting. Erick also vlogs regularly about Law & Gospel on YouTube. You can contact Erick 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

Jenna & Jordan VanEps

Youth Ministry Directors

Jenna & Jordan are the directors of Youth Ministry at Hillside working alongside a team of adult volunteers to serve students grades 6-12. Jenna and Jordan have been volunteering with youth ministry for over ten years. Outside of youth ministry, Jordan works as a physical therapist in Succasunna and Jenna works as a behavior analyst with children with special needs. Together they parent their adorable children and HUGE doggie Taz. Their love of all things sports, games and outdoors will serve them well with the youth of Hillside. You can contact Jenna 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 newly married to his lovely bride, Katie, 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 is presently pursuing 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