The Staff

scott staff-2Scott Taube - Lead Pastor, Elder

As a freshman in high school I sensed God’s call on my life to be in ministry. I attended Cincinnati Christian University from 1981-1985, where God also introduced me to Beth, now my wife of 31 years. After graduation we served in the Central Ohio area for the next 18 years. We were blessed with three beautiful daughters who love and follow Jesus, and were willing to move to Portland, Maine to plant a new church in 2003. In March of 2004, we launched Eastpoint Christian Church and have looked back only long enough to be grateful for all that God has allowed us to do and see and for the many lives changed by Jesus. I have much hope in my heart for the number of lives God is going to touch in the days ahead! I am richly blessed with family, a great team of elders, and an amazing staff to share ministry with. 

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260B5148-2Jeff Bland- Executive Pastor, Elder

I have been attending Eastpoint since 2005. It has been amazing to watch how God has grown His church and impacted the community of Greater Portland since then. My wife Wendy and I have 3 grown children who all live in the Portland area. Prior to joining the Eastpoint staff, I worked in the healthcare field as an administrator for both insurance companies and physician practices. I am thrilled to be part of the Eastpoint team filling the role of Executive Pastor, helping the church to manage the business aspects of ministry.

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260B5209-2Kurt Holmgren- Outreach Pastor, Elder

I've been attending Easpoint since the very beginning of the church and have served as an elder most of that time. My wife Lisa and I moved to Maine from Minnesota in 1984 after graduating from St. Cloud State University to take a job with Konica Photo Imaging where I worked for 21 years. We had two children and began attending church again. God then directed my path to The Root Cellar where I served as Director for 8 years. I'm very excited in my role here at Eastpoint as we purpose to mobilize our church to see transformation in the city.

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260B5182Larry Strondak - Discipleship Pastor, Elder

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:12

This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture that describes the essence of ministry. It is such an honor to serve God’s people and work to bring honor and glory to God. In 1986, I received a calling to minister to the people of Northern New England. Since then I have been blessed to participate in the planting of 5 churches in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. I have a BA in New Testament Studies from Saint Lawrence University and continue training at GCTS. My wife, Kim, and I live in Westbrook, ME and we have been blessed with 2 sons.

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260B5268-2Chris Flathers - Life Groups Pastor

While growing up at Eastpoint, I sensed God’s call on my life to pastoral ministry. From 2009-2013, I studied Biblical Studies at Colorado Christian University. During my time in college, God introduced me to Amanda. Upon graduation, we got married, and it has been such a joy to journey together and serve alongside one another ever since. From 2013-2015, I studied for my Master of Divinity at Denver Seminary while serving on staff at a church in Littleton, CO overseeing the middle school and college ministries. Once I graduated from seminary in 2015, I came on staff at Eastpoint. I am thrilled to be part of the team. By God’s grace, may I be a disciple who makes disciples, who make disciples.

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Graham Strondak - Young Adults Pastor

Growing up here in Maine, I developed a deep passion for the spiritual state of the people of Greater Portland. God has called me to help others wrestle with doubts, faith questions, and experience the freedom, purpose and passion that only comes through a deep and genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. In order to fulfill this calling I went to Johnson University in Knoxville, TN, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Church Leadership and Preaching. I am now working on my Master of Divinity at Lipscomb University online. I am crazy about my fiancé, Magdalyn. I also enjoy hiking, snowboarding, Frisbee golf, and many more things.

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Steve Yescott - Student Ministry Pastor 

My wife, Carey and I and our children, Kiley, Keeton, and Hadlee, have attended Eastpoint since September of 2007. I have served as the Youth Pastor since August 2011. Before that, I worked as the Area Director of Young Life in Scarborough for 3 years. Before moving to Maine, I was the Youth Pastor at a church in Boca Raton, FL for 7 years. I grew up in CT, and graduated from Gordon College in 1993.

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260B5278-Edit-2Josh Fournier- Musical Director & Student Ministry Pastor

My wife Beth and I live in Westbrook along with our kids, Elias and Emerson. I joined Eastpoint staff in 2015. I have been playing music since the age of 8.
I love working with students - I have volunteered with the student ministry here at Eastpoint since 2007. I am so excited to be part of the Eastpoint team and to serve Jesus in this capacity.

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260B5204-2Matt Geren - Children's Ministry Pastor

I've been coming to Eastpoint since the fall of 2005. I consider it a privilege to serve and feel like giving back in any way that I can. I went to the University of Maine in Orono for Elementary Education, never knowing almost 20 years later it would be used for God’s glory. I live in Westbrook with my wife Debi, her 2 children (Noah & Sydney) and my daughter (Hannah, in the summer as she lives in Florida during the school year.) In order to be more like Jesus, who was here to serve rather than be served, it's the one thing I can do.

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260B5236-2Carey Yescott - Worship Director

I have been serving on staff since May 2008. A few of my greatest joys are being a wife, a mom to my three daughters, Kiley, Keeton and Hadlee, and having the privilege of serving God through leading the Worship Ministry at Eastpoint. Each week as we enter into the throne room of our God together it is my prayer that we will encounter our Savior and be changed in His presence. To God be all the Glory. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

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Jake Holmgren - Technical Director

I have been a part of Eastpoint since the fall of 2004, and have felt called toward ministry since I was a senior in high school. In 2007, I left to go to college at NESCom in Bangor, Maine. I knew right from the start that I wanted to use my skills gained in college, to further His Kingdom. I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors in Live Sound Engineering, and headed to Florida that fall to work as the Tech Director in a church. God opened up doors to lead me back to Eastpoint. I now have the honor of serving as the Technical Director at Eastpoint since May 2012, living in Portland with my wife Emily, and son Max.

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260B5216-2Scott Leighton - Video Coordinator

I grew in Cumberland, Maine, and graduated from Middlebury College in 2009 with a B.A. in Film and Media Studies. I spent much of the last 8 years exploring our country as an outdoor educator, a sea kayaking guide, and a videographer. Since joining the staff in spring of 2017, I have loved enhancing the worship experience through video. Storytelling is a passion of mine and I am incredibly humbled to use those gifts daily and to be a part of such a welcoming and loving community.

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260B5165Chris Albert Copeland - Office Administrator

My family began attending Eastpoint in 2006 and I joined the staff in 2013. I grew up in Portland and love being part of a church that serves the community I was raised in. My greatest joys are being a mom to my two beautiful daughters and serving in the children’s ministry. I am blessed each and every week as I serve in children’s ministry. I have had the privilege of watching it blossom from 7 students to more than 100.

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260B5142-2Kayla Stultz - Communications Specialist

I have been a part of Eastpoint since the very beginning when I moved here with my parents, Scott and Beth Taube, to start the church. It has been an incredible experience to see where the church started and where it is now. My husband David and I live in Windham and we love being a part of the Eastpoint family and serving together. I attended Liberty University and received my Associates in Early Childhood Education in 2016. I love working with such a talented staff. God is so faithful!

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heatherstaffpic2Heather Nyquist - Discipleship Administrator 

I grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont (Derby, VT) and graduated in 2014 from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. My husband Tucker and I moved to Maine shortly after getting married in September of 2015. We have been attending Eastpoint since March of 2017 and have enjoyed getting connected in the community here! Since graduating college I have been working in administrative roles in ministry with the Navigators and in the corporate work force. We have enjoyed exploring the coast of Maine, and I enjoy hiking, Frisbee and photography! My husband Tucker and I also currently volunteer with the Navigators on the USM campus. I am so excited to join the Eastpoint staff as the discipleship administrator and use the gifts God has given me in this position!

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260B5198-2Fred Thompson - Resident Middle School Director

During the later parts of my High School days I started attending Eastpoint. I quickly sensed my calling to work with students. From 2012-2016, I attended Johnson University in Knoxville, TN with a Major in Preaching/Youth Ministry/Biblical Studies. During My time at Johnson I got involved in many different Youth/Children’s Ministry/Non-profit organizations. Once I graduated Johnson I started a yearlong Internship at Eastpoint. I am Excited to work with Eastpoint as their “Middle School Director Resident” for this following school year. My hope & Passion is to fully equip students to be life long followers of Jesus Christ.

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260B5225-2Bill Simpson - Facility Manager

My wife Bev and I have been attending Eastpoint since 2009, and we are constantly amazed at what God continues to do through the ministry here.  We have 3 grown children; 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren in Indiana, and a son in Maine. I have spent the past 15 years employed by the RSU 21 facilities department, overseeing the 6 schools of the district. I am excited to join the Eastpoint team to manage the new facility and serve the community. 

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260B5232-2 copyMeredith Philbrook - Guest Services Coordinator

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres...1 Corinthians 13:6-7

I grew up in Central Maine and have made a really cool journey back to Maine after a big adventure in NYC! To summarize, I followed my career aspirations to NYC over a decade ago and built a successful career in the fashion industry. While NYC became home to me, about 5 years ago I felt God gently nudging me to leave the busy, stressful and competitive culture in NYC. So in another big move, I did what any woman would do and moved back to Maine to be a Lobster (person, I guess?) Person! After a summer of slinging lobsters I decided to take some time, simplify my life, seek God's purpose and plan for me, and took a job at Becky's Diner where I waitressed for the past 2.5 years. I have been attending Eastpoint since moving back to Maine and from my first Sunday I just knew it was a special place. I am beyond humbled and blessed to work at The Point and be a part of what God is doing in our community! I just know it's going to be BIG and I can't wait to see what He has in store!


260B5161Beth Flathers - Financial Administrator

My husband, Sean, & I and our 3 children began attending Eastpoint in the summer of 2004. After volunteering for 2 years, I came on staff in 2007 to oversee the financial operations for the church. What an honor and privilege it has been to serve God in this ministry at various churches over the last 23 years. I have a BS degree in Finance from Babson College.

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