The Staff


scott_newScott 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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Jeff Staff Photo 3 Jeff 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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kurt_newKurt 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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larry_newLarry 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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chrisf_new_finalChris Flathers - Life Groups and Young Adults 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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steve_newSteve 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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josh_newJosh 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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matt_newMatt 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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Liz Weeks - Early Childhood Ministry Director

I joined the Eastpoint team in 2015. I love serving our families with young children! We do our best, along with our awesome volunteers to create a safe and fun environment in our nursery and preschool areas.
My husband Matthew and I have two kids, Caleb and Lilly. We live in Windham with our dog Jasper.  I grew up in Portland and studied Early Childhood Development at SMCC.

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carey_new_finalCarey 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. I felt that Florida wasn't where God wanted me, and He opened up doors to lead me back to Eastpoint. I now have the honor of serving as the Technical Director at EP since May 2012, living in Portland with my wife Emily.

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chrisa_new_finalChris Albert - 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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staff_headshots_square-01Kayla Stultz - Communications & Discipleship Administrator

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 in the youth group 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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Our Interns:

(L-R) Bizzy Morrell, Worship Intern

Fred Thompson, Student Ministry Intern

Sarah Bragdon, Student Ministry Intern