Minister & Staff

Rev. Alison Patton : Pastor

Rev. Alison Patton

Alison has been our pastor since May of 2012. She received her Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1999 and was ordained in 2000. Alison has particular expertise in developing all-ages worship services, leading retreats, and pastoral care. She is frequently invited to serve on UCC Connecticut Conference committees, preaches at wider church events, and has co-led youth and children camp weeks at Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, CT since 2010. Alison is a contributor to the UCC Daily Devotionals series. She lives with her family in Jesup House, our historic manse on the church grounds.
Dr. Heather A. Hamilton : Director of Music

Dr. Heather A. Hamilton

Heather has been our Director of Music since 2011. She started playing piano at the age of 6, and remembers sitting under the grand piano coloring while her mother had voice lessons. These days she lives in Westport and is the owner of Hamilton Music Services, teaching beginner through advanced piano, as well as theory, history and composition to children and adults of all ages. In addition to the piano, Heather also plays the organ, percussion, cello (her favorite musical instrument) and clarinet. She is well-known in the local music community as a conductor, accompanist, and educator. Heather holds two masters degrees in Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is a frequent guest lecturer in the arts throughout Fairfield County. She enjoys all kinds of music, and her favorite composer is whichever one she is listening to at the moment.
Dana Johnson : Director of Children's Ministry

Dana Johnson

Dana joined the staff in August of 2016 but has been a member of our church family for a long time. She has served Saugatuck Church as a Sunday School teacher for almost twenty years, as a Christian Education Board member for six years, and is currently a volunteer High School Youth group leader and mission trip expert. Dana holds a B.S. in Education from USC and a M.A. in Education from California State University in Los Angeles. She recently completed training in Vermont as a facilitator for adventure education, team building and leadership. Dana's out of the box and hands on approach to Christian Education are well received by our youth and we are looking forward to the energy and dedication she brings to all areas of programming.
Marcia Harrington : Office Manager

Marcia Harrington

Along with all the things you would assume an office manager does, Marcia is Saugatuck’s “Knowledge Base” — if she doesn’t know the answer to your question, she can direct you to the person who does. Marcia is available during our regular office hours, usually 9:00AM – 3:30PM.
Sandy Young : Bookkeeper

Sandy Young

Sandy joined our staff in the spring of 2017. She has an extensive background in financial management having 30 years of diversified bookkeeping experience in the private sector and not-for-profit organizations. She is the co-owner of a fitness studio in Westport, and currently serves as treasurer of the Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA.)