Meet Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Scott Stephans

Pastor

Pastor Scott has served as a United Methodist pastor in Indiana since 1978. He retired in July 2018 after forty years of faithful spiritual leadership. His call to ministry – to preach and teach and help followers of Jesus grow stronger in faith – still tugs on his heart. He has stepped out of retirement and stepped into the role of pastor at the North Bend UMC.

Becky is the lovely wife of Pastor Scott. They’ve been married since 1981. Hope is their wonderful daughter. She is a recent graduate of Asbury University.

Pastor Scott graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree in 1982. He graduated again from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2018 with a Doctor of Ministry degree.

On the top of his list of favorite things to do when not working are: playing golf with Becky, fishing, keeping up with Cubs baseball and Bears football and Wildcat basketball. When inspired and time permits, Pastor Scott loves to read and write and paint.

Pastor Scott’s life verse which has motivated his devotional life and much of his pastoral ministry is 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Wilbur Lin

Music Director

Taiwanese-American pianist and conductor Wilbur joined the worship team of North Bend United Methodist Church in October 2019. Currently the assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Wilbur regularly works with orchestras and opera companies here and abroad. A recent graduate of Riccardo Muti’s Italian Opera Academy, Wilbur’s recent highlights include conducting Verdi’s Macbeth at Teatro Alighieri (Ravenna, Italy), Die Zauberflöte with the Winter Harbor Festival & Opera (Winter Harbor, Maine), and an appearance with Canada’s Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and guest conducting El Salvador’s National Youth Orchestra, among others. He has also previously served as the choir director and organist of Immanuel United Church of Christ (Indianapolis, IN) and choirmaster and organist of Holy Trinity CoE Church (Horwich, UK).

Wilbur currently shares his time between Cincinnati, Ohio, and the San Francisco Bay Area and is a doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Church Office

Mail: P.O. Box 401, North Bend, OH 45052

Email: north.bend.umc@gmail.com

Phone: (513) 941-3061

Nicholas Gesell

Technology & Communications

Bio coming soon!

Martin Roy

Facilities

Bio coming soon!

Leadership Team

While not paid staff, the members of our leadership team are no less important and form the core of our church community.

Team Leader: Don Paulin

Recording Secretary: Dianne Koch

Personnel (SPRC): Vickie Paulin

Technology & Communications: Nick Gesell

Treasurer: Mike Himes

Financial Secretary: Joelyn Gandenberger

Facilities (Trustees): Martin Roy & Nick Gesell

Discipleship Ministry: Sharon Yost

Mission and Outreach: Lee Howard

Hospitality: Dennis & Gloria George

       Annual Conference Delegates: Nick Gesell & Kate Bernhardt (at large, equalization member)

       Communion Stewards: Betty Brown & Karen King

       Altar Attendants: Cliff & Suzie West