Staff

Scott Haulter

Lead Pastor

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 second degree black belt and has participated in two amateur MMA competitions), softball, riding his motorcycle, and playing Barbies with his two daughters…ok, maybe enjoy isn’t the right word for that one.

Holly Haulter

Children's Director

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. She also serves on the leadership team of “Bloom!,” an international ministry to church-planters’ spouses. But most often, you can find her chauffeuring her two daughters, Isabella and Peyton, around town to their various school, social, and sporting activities.

Kathie DeFord

Director of Administration

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—Brian serves as an elder and leader of the Men’s Ministry; Kathie serves as a leader of the Women’s Ministry, Connection Group Leader, and staff member. 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).

Evan Tanner

Worship Minister

Evan was born and raised in Hampton Roads, Va. He met his wife Katie while attending Mid Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, NC while working on his degrees in Biblical Exposition, Youth and Families, Family Life, and Worship and Music. Evan has served in vocational Ministry since 2013 and loves working with people and connecting others with God.
Evan loves the outdoors, working with power tools, and music.