The Development Team

Charitable giving to Montreat helps make good programs and hospitality into life-changing Montreat experiences. From May 1 – April 30, Montreat’s Development Team works with Montreat supporters to help ensure the success of this powerful ministry. Please stop by the Development Office in Freeland Hall or contact any staff member.

Montreat Conference CenterSeth Hagler
Vice President for Development

A former resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Hagler most recently served as senior class officer at Tulane University. He holds a masters in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, and a bachelor of arts in religious studies from Eckerd College.  Hagler has deep ties to Montreat, having attended the Presbyterian Association of Musicians’ worship and music conferences over sixteen years and participated in Montreat youth conferences as a youth, back home leader, small group leader, and planning team member. Hagler also served as clerk of session at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans and served on that church’s long-range planning task force. “Seth has a broader knowledge of the PC(USA)’s gifts and challenges than do most people,” says Heath Rada, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Mountain Retreat Association board member. “I believe he understands the importance of balancing Montreat’s bonds with the PC(USA) with healthy ecumenical relationships.”

Montreat Conference CenterJulie Lehman
Director of Montreat Fund and Major Gifts

Julie Lehman has been coming to Montreat Conference Center for youth conferences and church retreats since 1992, when she and husband, Rev. Michael Poulos, began youth ministry. A graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and Davidson College, Julie served ten years as Director of Development and Church Relations at Warren Wilson College and for a time was coordinator for Presbyterians for Earth Care. Julie is currently vice chair of the alumni board of Columbia Seminary and chair of the board of Mountain True, a regional organization working to protect the natural environment of Western NC. She is married to Rev. Michael Poulos, pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, and enjoys spending time with her two growing children and two dogs at their home in East Asheville.

John Hopkins 300x400John Hopkins
Director of Development Operations

John grew up in the summers at his family’s Montreat home on West Virginia Terrace. As a child, he went to Clubs, attended Worship & Music and Youth Conferences. His first job at the age of 14 was a dishwasher at the William Black Lodge and Assembly Inn. He went to St. Andrews Presbyterian College prior to attending Winthrop University where he received a degree in communications. John worked on the presidential political campaign in 2004 following college. After the campaign, he went to work for Duvall Investment Group in Charlotte, NC. He and his family moved to the area in 2011. When not working within the Montreat gate, you may see John around Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, as a member of the Evangelism Ministry Committee, working with the LOGOS kids on Wednesdays, or ushering. He is also currently serving as a ruling Elder.

Montreat Conference CenterChloe Duncan
Donor Records Coordinator

Chloe Duncan joined the Development staff in 2005 after previously working in a similar position at Montreat College for 14 years. She is a native of Black Mountain with many ties to Montreat. While growing up, her father was manager of the Montreat Store and her mom was the administrative assistant at the Historical Foundation. Chloe worked on the conference center summer staff in high school and college, and her first full time job was Reservation Clerk at Assembly Inn. She is a graduate of Montreat College and Appalachian State University. She, her husband David, and dog live in Swannanoa. Chloe feels blessed to work at the conference center and be part of such an important ministry.

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