Meet the Team!

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 my to Beth, now my wife of 31 years. After graduation, we served in the Central Ohio area for the next 18 years. We are blessed with three beautiful girls 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! 

Contact Scott at scott@eastpoint.church

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. 

Contact Jeff at jeff@eastpoint.church

260B5209-2Kurt Holmgren 
Outreach Pastor, Elder
I've been attending Eastpoint since they 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 have 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. 

Contact Kurt at kurt@eastpoint.church

260B5182Larry Strondak
Discipleship Pastor
"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 five 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 and we have been blessed with two sons. 

Contact Larry at larry@eastpoint.church

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. We have a baby daughter, Hannah, who is an absolute joy to us. 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 a part of the team. By God's grace, may I be a disciple who makes disciples, who make disciples.

Contact Chris at chrisf@eastpoint.church

260B5222-2Graham Strondak
Young Adults Pastor
Growing up here in Maine, I developed a deep passion for the spiritual state of the people in Greater Portland. God has called me to help others wrestle with doubts, faith questions, and to 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 BA in Church Leadership and Preaching. I am now working on my Master of Divinity at Lipscomb University online. I am crazy about my wife, Magdalyn. I also enjoy hiking, snowboarding, frisbee golf, and many more things. 

Contact Graham at graham@eastpoint.church

260B5249-2Steve 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 at the Student Ministry Pastor since August 2011. Before that, I worked as the Area Director of Young Life in Scarborough for 3 years. Prior to moving to Maine, I was the Youth Pastor at a church in Boca Raton, FL, for 7 years. I grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Gordon College in 1993.  

Contact Steve at steve@eastpoint.church

260B5278-Edit-2Josh Fournier 
Musical Director and Student Ministry Pastor
My wife, Beth, and I live in Standish along with our kids, Elias and Emerson. I joined the Eastpoint staff in 2015. I have been playing music since the age of 8. I absolutely love working with students - I have volunteered with the student ministry here at Eastpoing since 2007. I am so excited to be part of the Eastpoint team and to serve Jesus in this capacity. 

Contact Josh at josh@eastpoint.church

260B5204-2Matt Geren
Children's Ministry Pastor
I have been coming to Eastpoint since the fall of 2005. I consider it a privilege to serve and feel like giving back in any way I can. I went to the University of Maine in Orono for Elementary Education, never knowing that almost 20 years later it would be used for God's glory. I live in Westbrook with my wife Debi, her 2 children (Noah and 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. 

Contact Matt at matt@eastpoint.church

260B5236-2Carey Yescott
Worship Arts 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)

 Contact Carey at carey@eastpoint.church

260B5205-2Jake Holmgren
Technical Director
I have been 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 used 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 there. God opened up doors and led me back to Eastpoint. I now have the honor of serving as the Technical Director at Eastpoint since May 2012, living in Standish with my wife Emily, and our sons Max and Noah. 

Contact Jake at jake@eastpoint.church

260B5216-2Scott Leighton 
Video Coordinator
I grew up 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 at Eastpoint in the 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. 

Contact Scott at scottl@eastpoint.church

260B5165Chris Albert Copeland 
Office Administrator and Children's Administrator
My family and I 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 wife to my amazing husband, Adam, and a mom to my two beautiful daughters and serving in the children's ministry. I am blessed each adn every week as I serve in the children's ministry. I have had the privilege of watching it blossom from 7 students to well over 200!

Contact Chris at chris@eastpoint.church

260B5142-2Kayla Stultz
Communication 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 one of the most incredible experiences to see where the church started and where it is now. God is so good! My husband, David, and I live in Windham and we absolutely love being a part of the Eastpoint family and serving together to do Kingdom work. I attended Liberty University and received my Associates in Early Childhood Education. I love working with such a talented staff. God is faithful! 

Contact Kayla at kayla@eastpoint.church

heatherstaffpic2Heather Nyquist
Discipleship Administrator 
I grew up in Northest 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 frisbee and photography! Tucker and I also currently volunteer with the Navigators on the USM campus. I am so excited to be in my role as the Discipleship Administrator at Eastpoint and use the gifts that God has given me in this position. 

Contact Heather at heather.nyquist@eastpoint.church

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, majoring in Preaching and Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry. While at Johnson, I got involved in several youth and children's ministries and organizations. Once I graduated from Johnson, I began a year-long internship at Eastpoint. I am excited to work with Eastpoint in this role. My hope and passion is to fully equip students to be life-long followers of Jesus Christ. 

Contact Fred at fred@eastpoint.church

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 1 son, and 3 grandchildren all in Indiana. I worked for 15 years in the RSU 21 facilities department, overseeing the 6 schools of the district. I really enjoy working with the Eastpoint team to manage the new facility and serve the community. 

 Contact Bill at bill@eastpoint.church

260B5232-2 copyMeredith Philbrook
Manager of Logistics
"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 cannot wait to see what He has in store! 

Contact Meredith at meredith@thepoint.community

260B5161Beth Flathers 
Financial Administrator 
My husband, Sean, and 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. I have a B.S. degree in Finance from Babson College. What an honor and privilege it has been to serve God in this ministry at various churches over the last 23 years.

Contact Beth at beth@eastpoint.church