The new minister at Saugatuck Congregational Church will lead her first service Sunday.

The Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton, who begins work for the historic church this week, will lead the congregation's 10 a.m. Sunday service in Temple Israel.

The Saugatuck church services have been taking place at Temple Israel since last November when fire seriously damaged part of its Post Road East complex.

According to a church news release, since Patton's selection for the post several months ago she has stayed in touch with church Trustees John Walsh and Betsy Gillespie regarding the church's re-building efforts. Andrea Cross, the congregation's vice moderator, has worked with Patton on planning for her involvement in future church meetings and events, the release states.

Patton had previously served at First Church Simsbury since 2007 as associate minister for parish life and outreach. She will serve as conference preacher at the Connecticut Conference Fall Meeting this year. Before her Simsbury ministry, Patton was dean of community life and director of admissions for eight years at Chicago Theological Seminary. During that time, she was interim co-pastor at the Peoples Church of Chicago.

Patton -- both parents were United Congregational Church ministers -- received a master of divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1999. She graduated from Bates College in Maine in 1992, where she met her husband, Craig. Married in 1992, they are the parents of two sons, Tobey, 9, and Ian, 6.

Her office will be among the Saugatuck church temporary offices at 319 Post Road East.

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