Hi! I’m Scott eastman
A life-long resident of Green Bay, Scott grew up in the church beginning with St Mary of the Angels and Central Assembly of God. But it wasn’t until he was in his late forties that he came to understand and encounter Jesus more deeply. Pastor Scott spent five years on staff at Life Church, Green Bay who helped launch a downtown campus which eventually became UnChurch. Scott is married to Kate and together they have two children Raelee and Abram. Scott also has two grown children, Alycia and Jared. In addition to shepherding at UnChurch, Scott has been a portrait and wedding photographer since 2008.
Why UnChurch: “We’re convinced there’s a great number of our neighbors who, like me, grew up going to church but were never able to make the connection between their religion and a relationship. UnChurch is built around setting aside the accessories of religion and focusing on foundational truths and pathways that lead us to Jesus including biblical teaching, relational community, and hearts for service.”
Hi! I’m Tara Verhaagh
Born and raised in Green Bay, Tara was brought up in the Catholic Church. However, she found herself longing for more during her early adulthood. Tara’s faith was challenged and ultimately strengthened after two battles with cancer. Prior to joining UnChurch, Pastor Tara spent seven years serving in kids ministry at Life Church Green Bay, and also assisted in conducting numerous Alpha courses. Tara is married to Nick, and they are blessed with two children, Emmett and Scarlett. In her free time, Tara enjoys all things yarn related, creating handmade goods through knitting and crocheting.
Why UnChurch: “Community is so fundamental to our Jesus journey. By breaking down church into a simpler, first-century approach, we are creating an environment where people can not only grow in their relationship with God, but also in their relationships with each other. And ultimately, that will lead to strengthened relationships outside our walls and into our city.”
Hi! I’m CHRIS BELL
A Milwaukee native, Chris accepted Christ at a young age. During his youth Chris was involved in the men’s ministry, he was a junior armor bearer and faithful choir member. In 2017 Chris was ordained to be a reverend and since then he has preached nationally at various churches, colleges and nonprofit organizations. More recently Chris was involved in the marriage ministry, and creative team at Life Church prior to joining Unchurch. In addition, Chris is founder of a faith-based brand in De Pere. Chris is married to Brittany and together they have three children, Railynn, Kailynn and Zailynn.
Why UnChurch: “Other perspective is so important when learning the biblical truth about God. UnChurch allows this aspect by gathering in table discussion, which uniquely creates an open dialogue on thoughts and questions.“
Heather sits on our board of directors and also steers our mission and outreach efforts.
Why UnChurch: “When I think about going to church as a child, I remember the dress clothes, not talking to anyone, making sure to memorize certain prayers and knew when to sit, stand and kneel. Now I have a meal with friends, people that want to know more about Jesus! We ask tough questions and help each other through rough times. Jesus should not be a 1 day a week event but a lifestyle. Since I joined UnChurch, I have learned more than in my previous 45 years. I understand who I should be compared to who I was and everyday I want to be a better version of who He wants me to be.“
Holly serves on our board of directors as well as leading our Kids ministry.
Why UnChurch: “UnChurch is a community of people that love God with all their heart, mind and soul and you feel it as soon as you walk through the doors. That feeling has stayed with me everyday since the first time I attended. Since UnChurch I feel encouraged in God’s love – wanting to be the best Christian I can be, loving others with all my heart and discipling the children of our community.”
Mitch (Pastor Scott’s brother) is serving a one year term on our board of directors. He brings many years of experience of church operational leadership which helps us navigate the efforts to successfully launch a new church community.
Why UnChurch: “As a long-time staff member/attender/supporter at a local church I believe, everyone begins their Jesus-journey from a different place and in a different way. I believe that UnChurch has the ability to reach a segment of our neighbors who – for one reason or another – can’t find meaning or connection in the traditional church model. Consequently, I am confident that within their unorthodox style, UC points such people to a relationship with Jesus Christ through biblical teaching and supporting community.”
Dave directs our discipleship efforts which is the GO part of our commitment to “Love, love and go!”
Why UnChurch: “I’ve walked out of church services with friends as they ask, ‘What do I do with this?’, referring to the message that day. UnChurch provides a place where we can explore those questions of how does this apply to my life right here, right now through our relationships and discussion during and following each service.“
KC helps us coordinate live worship and music events. Oh, and she leads us every now and again!
Why UnChurch: “The intention of The Church is to be a body that moves and grows together. A church that loves each other and the people in the community it serves. To be a place where the Word and heart of God is on display, not anything else. A place where people don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk. That’s Unchurch.”
Food and hospitality are such an integral part of UnChurch. Ryan is our chef/food and beverage manager.
Why UnChurch: “I love UnChurch because it’s family. It’s people. I get to see everyone once a week but it’s so much more than that because we’re there for each other any day of the week. UnChurch reinstalled the treat your neighbor as you want to be treated in me. I’ve never had so much fun at church in my entire life that’s why I choose UnChurch.”
Carlos manages and directs our Audio, Visual and Lighting functions.
Why UnChurch: “After never feeling comfortable in a church, UnChurch was very welcoming and didn’t judge me for my lack of church attendance in the past. Going to UnChurch is fun, it doesn’t feel like church even though it is. I’ll always appreciate how they gave me the opportunity to learn and expand my knowledge of audio and visual production.”