Take a moment to get to know our small but dedicated church staff.
Rev. Dr. Steve Runholt, Pastor
Steve grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where, as he likes to say, the deer and the antelope play and the buffalo still literally roam. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in psychology. He spent the next five years living abroad, first as a student at Oxford University (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), then as a Hunger Corps Volunteer in Kenya, with Food for the Hungry International. In 2000 Steve graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he won the Presbyterian Leadership Award and the Mary Long Grier-Hugh Davies Prize for Preaching. A lifelong learner, Steve capped his academic aspirations with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Duke Divinity School in 2013.
Steve is married to Robyn Castellani, and together they serve as staff to Huck and Lucy, two exuberant standard poodles. Apart from his family and his ministry at Warren Wilson Presbyterian, Steve loves the outdoors – hiking, cycling, paddling and birding are all favorite activities.
Steve has served as the pastor of the Warren Wilson Church since July 2005. He previously served as an Associate Pastor at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, and as a Lilly Resident in Parish Ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.
Rev. Sarah Grace Montgomery, Associate in Ministry
Sarah Grace Montgomery was raised in Decatur, Illinois, attending First Presbyterian Church for as long as she can remember. Having had a meaningful faith formation experience growing up in the church, Sarah Grace felt called to pursue a degree in Christian Education and ventured off to Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina.
After graduating from Presbyterian College in 2005, Sarah Grace served as Director of Christian Education at churches in Charlotte for 12 years. During that time, Sarah Grace felt a tug toward Pastoral Ministry and pursued a degree at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte. In February of 2018, Sarah Grace was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament and began serving as Associate Pastor at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church. Sarah Grace has a passion for Faith Formation and ministries with Children and Youth, as well as finding ways to serve those in need in the community at large.
Sarah Grace has been married to Michael Montgomery since July of 2005 and they have been blessed with two children, Margaret and Owen. Sarah Grace enjoys cooking, yoga, volunteering at her kids school, and living room dance parties with her family.
Donna Eagle Joslin, Church Administrator
Donna Eagle Joslin was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri, moving to North Carolina to attend Warren Wilson College in 1976. Completing her degree in Fine Arts, she did graphic work in Asheville until moving to Raleigh where she worked, and became Art Director for Southeastern Screen Printing. She returned to the mountains in 1989 to manage Seven Sisters Gallery in Black Mountain, and continued there until 1996 when she left to start her own small landscape design business. Her business, Eldergardens focused on helping older gardeners continue their quest to grow beautiful spaces on their property, even when their bodies could no longer handle the hard work.
In 2002 Donna was asked by Warren Wilson College to help create and run a unique Gallery/Shop in downtown Asheville called, The Warren Wilson Store. This unique shop ran until 2006, the year Donna was hired by Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church. She continues to work at the church as Church Administrator, Work Crew Supervisor and Facilities Manager.
Donna and her husband Blake have two wonderful kids, Josh and Emma and live in a beautiful spot not far from the church.
Joel P. Rogers, Director of Music
Joel started as a young musician at the age of thirteen playing the piano for all services at Northwoods Baptist Church in Walkertown, North Carolina. He attended Brevard College as a music major with an emphasis on voice, piano, and organ before transferring to Appalachian State University for his pursuit in with a major in church music.
Joel always had a passion for the theatre. He decided to leave school and worked as a theatrical music director and actor ending up in Florida. Eventually he completed his undergraduate degree (BFA) in Musical Theater Performance and Northern Kentucky University before moving to Memphis for graduate school where he finished his terminal degree (MFA) in Theatrical Direction with an emphasis on Musical Theatre.
After finishing school, he taught at Bethel College, a small Cumberland Presbyterian college in Tennessee, and after two years, took a position in Chico, California at California State University. More recently, Joel decided to move back to North Carolina to teach at Mars Hill University before deciding to retire from teaching.
He now is working on an Associate Degree in a nursing program at AB-Tech. Joel continued serving in different churches throughout his life journey and now has found his home with us.