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Lead Pastor

Scott Haulter

Scott grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He spent most of his childhood & early adult life outside of the church, but thanks to the persistent love of his youth minister, he eventually gave his life to the Lord and made a complete 180 turn—deciding to pursue a career in ministry.
He met his wife, Holly while attending Kentucky Christian University, where he received a degree in Bible and Preaching. Scott also has a Masters Degree in New Testament Studies from Johnson University. He has served in full-time ministry as a youth minister, a college & singles pastor, and, now, a lead pastor.
In the spring of 2008, Scott began to feel God’s unexpected call to establish a new church for people who don’t typically feel comfortable in traditional churches. Along with a launch team of about 25 people, Scott planted Catalyst Church in October of 2009.
In his free time, Scott enjoys martial arts (he has a 2nd degree black belt and has fought in 2 amateur MMA competitions) powerlifting, smoking cigars, watching “old” movies with his girls (All 3 of them) and playing corn hole.

Minister of Discipleship 

Richie Goad

Richie grew up in Pulaski, Virginia located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia.  He graduated from Johnson University in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Preaching & Youth Ministry and again in 2020 with a Masters Degree in New Testament Research with a focus on Peaching.  Prior to coming to Catalyst during the summer of 2022, Richie served in multiple ministry roles with Dublin Christian Church in Southwest Virginia for 10 years.  Richie is a huge sport's fan, especially when it comes to his beloved Virginia Tech Hokies!  He also enjoys music, travel, and spending time with family and friends.  

Children's Director

Holly Haulter

Holly was born in Ohio, but spent most of her life in the Winston-Salem area. She didn’t begin attending church until middle school, but once she did, she quickly became an active member of her youth group. She attended Kentucky Christian University, where she received a degree in Bible and Psychology and met her husband, Scott. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State.
In addition to serving as our Director of Children’s Ministry and helping with our Women’s Ministry, Holly works in private practice as a psychologist for children and adolescents. In her free time, she enjoys all things Pinterest-y (home decor projects, craftiness, and baking), as well as spending time with her two teen daughters. 

Early Childhood Director 

Amy McMahon 

Amy was born and raised in a small town in upstate New York. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo, where she earned her degree in both elementary and special education, as well as her master’s degree in reading instruction. After moving to North Carolina, she taught at an elementary school in Guilford County. She has since homeschooled each of her three children at some point. She was part of the Catalyst Church launch team and preschool volunteer team in 2009. True to its mission, she has found Catalyst Church to be, in her words, “real people loving real people for real, in pursuit of the real Jesus.” Aside from teaching, Amy enjoys hiking, ice skating, reading, and spending time with others.

Assimilation Director

Kathie DeFord

Kathie hails from the great state of Indiana. So, naturally, she’s a big fan of the Indianapolis Colts, roasted corn, and flat, expansive spaces. She attended Indiana University and owned/managed two car dealerships before having her son, Maxx. Kathie, her husband, Brian, and Maxx moved to North Carolina in 2005 and became part of the launch team for Catalyst in 2009. They have been active members of Catalyst ever since the beginning. Brian serves as a leader of the Men’s Breakfast. In her free time, Kathie enjoys meeting with other women for discipleship, volunteering at her son’s school, and pursuing her role as princess (according to Brian).

Connection Group Coordinator

Jennifer Lampert


Audio and Visual Engineer 

Ron Barrans


Worship Leader 

Wes Lauterbach



Richard Rogers



Brian DeFord 



Bill McMahon