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Longtime Kingston pastors leaving for Seattle; will be honored Aug. 12
KINGSTON — Scott and Leilani Montagne announced their resignation July 15 from Bayside Community Church in Kingston, where they have served for the past 30 years.
The Montagnes accepted assistant pastoral positions at Calvary Christian Assembly in Seattle beginning at the end of August.
The Montagnes’ last Sunday at Bayside will be Aug. 12. A reception honoring them will be held from 4-6 p.m. in recognition of their 30 years of service to the church and community.
The reception is open to the public. Contact Bayside’s office for more details, 297-2000.
Scott first accepted the position of senior pastor at Bayside in 1982, with his wife Leilani serving as music coordinator. In 1982, Kitsap County had a population of 150,000, 75 percent less than today’s. Bangor had been operational for one year, and the church’s membership was 39. The Montagnes saw Bayside Community Church through two major building projects — in 1986 and 2006 — and were instrumental in founding ShareNet, Kingston’s largest food bank and thrift shop.
Scott served as chaplain for North Kitsap Fire & Rescue since 1986, and was a founding board member of Kitsap Rescue Mission, which aids homeless people throughout our county.
A talented pianist and vocalist, Leilani led Sunday music at Bayside, organized countless community concerts and choirs, and taught private lessons. Her arrangements are captured on more than 20 professional recordings.