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'Welcome, Rev. Leah!' ; Fauntleroy Church installs new senior pastor | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Saturday, November 19, 2016 | Scattered clouds, 51.8 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter West Seattle weighs in on potential impacts of Trump Administration By Lindsay Peyton Earlier in the week, students across Seattle ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Westside Snow Report 11-19-16 By Greg Whittaker West Seattle is experiencing a baby boom. ... Amanda's View: Addiction, face-to-face, part two: Tricks and triggers By Amanda Knox   I accelerated into the mostly empty parking ... Police blotter Week of 11-14-16 Robbery on 56th Avenue S.W. A woman residing on the 3200 block ... News 'Welcome, Rev. 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Leah!' ; Fauntleroy Church installs new senior pastor 11/19/2016 updated 28 minutes ago By Conrad Wesselhoeft "Well, it's official!" said Rev. Leah Atkinson Bilinski, at the end of Saturday's service installing her as Fauntleroy UCC Church's new senior pastor. "It's hard to get rid of me now." Bilinski was installed by a delegation of clergy from the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. About 200 church members attended the ceremony. Bilinski has served as Fauntleroy's "unofficial" senior pastor for about a year. She becomes the twelfth person in the church's 108-year history to hold the senior leadership role. It was most recently held by Rev. David Kratz, who retired in 2013 after 27 years as senior pastor. "We're delighted to welcome Fauntleroy's new pastor," said Eric Wetzel, a church member who headed the search committee. "We're excited to welcome a great leader to our community." The 300-member Fauntleroy UCC Church abides by the credo: "Whoever you are, and wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here." Bilinski is an ordained minister with a Master of Divinity Degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Before coming to Fauntleroy, she served as co-pastor of St. Peter’s UCC Church in Washington, MO, and as acting pastor of Ebenezer “Stone Church” UCC in Gerald, MO. She and her husband, Jaime, have a daughter, Naomi. We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. Please send us your news tips, photos or ideas of how we can better cover your neighborhood. Email us at WestSeattle@robinsonnews.com or TEXT news tips to 206-459-6717 Receive updates on news and events in the West Seattle neighborhood via Twitter! 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