New Here

New Here

New Here

Bruce Hillman

Lead Pastor

Bruce E. Hillman, Jr. is 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 former pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Henning MN. Additionally, Bruce serves on the Fifth Act Church Planting board and is a contributor to Christ Hold Fast. Bruce enjoys cooking, reading, all things British, and conversations with good friends.


Erick Sorensen

Associate Pastor of Hillside

Lead Pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church NYC

Erick is Hillside's part-time Associate Pastor. In addition to his work at Hillside Erick is planting a church (Epiphany Lutheran) in Manhattan and spends his week between here and the city. 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 and Staten Island, New York. He is a Christ Hold Fast Contributor, co-host of 30 Minutes in the New Testament, and also serves on the board of Fifth Act Church Planting. In the Fall of 2015, Erick moved his family into the heart of Manhattan to plant Epiphany Lutheran Church.


Ruth Egeler

Ministry Coordinator

Ruth is our Ministry Coordinator. She takes care of the day to day tasks in the office and controls the flow of information throughout the office. If you are calling the church, you are probably talking to her!


Meghan Poblete

Director of Youth

Meghan is the coordinator of Youth Ministry at Hillside working alongside a team of adult volunteers to serve students grades 6-12. She has been involved in youth leadership for nearly ten years and holds a bachelors degree in Youth Ministry from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. In her free time, Meghan enjoys reading, baking, and hiking with her husband Jason and their dog Lucy.


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.