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Lynda Jane Patterson (6 February 1974 – 20 July 2014) was a New Zealand Anglican priest and educator. She was the 13th dean of ChristChurch Cathedral in Christchurch from 2013 until her death in 2014. She was the first woman to hold that position.

Patterson was born in Northern Ireland. She taught at Mansfield College at the University of Oxford. After visiting New Zealand in 2002, she began to live there. She was first living in Auckland where she learned Māori. She also studied for the ministry.

Patterson died from natural causes on 20 July 2014 in Christchurch, aged 40.[1]