WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The Reverend Sarah Sarchet Butter Senior Pastor at Village Church in Wellesley The Reverend Sarah Sarchet Butter, the new Senior Pastor at Village Church in downtown Wellesley, loves when people recognize her at the supermarket, a restaurant, or at a school function. "Please say hello," she encourages, whether you're meeting her for the first time in church or in the community at large. Some religious leaders like to put geographic distance between their home lives and their professional roles, but for Butter, it's the blending of the two that is among the greatest rewards of being a minister. So when the family decided to leave the suburbs of Chicago for the sub- urbs of Boston so she could accept the call to serve in Wellesley, they knew they wanted to buy a house in town as well. "The Holy Spirit is a matchmaker," she said of her appointment that began full-time in August. "It's been love at first sight for all of us." Her husband, John, is a physician and now teaches and practices internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston. Their daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline, are enrolled in Wellesley public schools, but Butter is cautious about sharing too much about them. "It'll cost me," she says with a laugh. Years ago, her kids struck a bargain that if she mentioned them in a sermon, or in the media, she would have to pay a royalty because it was, after all, their story. They settled on the price of $5. Butter is delighted to report "all have been happy with this arrangement." Originally from Michigan, Butter attended Alma College there and majored in biochemistry preparing for a career in medicine. Instead, God surprised her with a call to ministry, and she went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Later, with a passion for learning how to lead, manage, and grow complex organ- izations — including churches — she made an unconventional move to pursue an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Moving from the Midwest to serve an historic New England church established in 1798 is quite a change, but a very welcome one at this stage in her vocational journey. Butter has over 25 years of pastoral experience. Ordained in 1992, she served congregations in Cincinnati and Chicago. For the past 12 years, she had been serving as Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette in Illinois. A life- 82 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 Our Religous Leaders "I am joining a wonderful, experienced team here."

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