Mobilizing North Carolina


More Light is working with Presbyterians across the state of North Carolina to repeal HB2, educate our faith communities about sexual orientation and gender identity, and share the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in our church. There are many ways to get involved in this work!

Our work in each presbytery

  • An Out of Order documentary screening
  • Trainings opportunities
    • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
    • Trans 101
    • Building an Inclusive Church
  • Skill building workshops
    • Effective Storytelling for Social Change
    • How To Build Relationships with Your Elected Officials
    • Writing A Letter to the Editor

Our work across the state

  • A day long community organizing training for LGBTQ people of faith and their allies in early 2017
  • Connect congregations working on Racial Justice, Trans Inclusion, and other important justice movements
  • Host dialogues and sermons about LGBTQ equality and inclusion and provide resources for congregations across the state

943736_10154224961008115_5479365601055389513_n-2How you can get involved

Meet our North Carolina Ambassadors

JulieBioPic2.pngJulie Lehman: Julie is on staff at Montreat Conference Center as the Director of the Montreat Fund and Major Gifts. She has been actively involved in social justice leadership in Presbyterian churches in the southeast for 27 years. She and her husband, Michael Poulos, studied theology at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, where Julie is currently serving as president of the alumni council. Julie and Michael, have been LGBTQ allies in their church and community throughout their ministry. They are active at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, where Michael serves as Associate Pastor. Over the past three years, they and their church and community have supported their second child through a gender transition. When they are not out marching, the family enjoys relaxing at home with their furry friends, Doby and Coco.

lindseyambassadorLindsey Altvater Clifton: Lindsey serves Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh as their Faith Formation Minister. She is a native of Greensboro where she lives with her wife, Laura, and their sweet (goofy) dogs, Maggie and Harvey. She’s also member of Guilford Park Presbyterian and a candidate for ordination under care of Salem Presbytery. Lindsey is a graduate of Elon University and the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University. She is a former high school English teacher and a self-proclaimed nerd who enjoys hammocks, a good book, playing outside, Vietnamese iced coffee, laughing until it hurts, bike rides, board games, learning to play the ukulele, and writing liturgy.

Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman: Taylor serves Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC as the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry. She’s been there since August 2011. Prior to that, she has served churches in Boston and Cambridge, The Academy of Preachers, and Montreat Conference Center in several different capacities. Taylor is a graduate of Washington University in St Louis and Harvard Divinity School. Her hobbies include film and digital photography, attempts at sewing, and fits and starts with yoga.

whitneyambassadorWhitney Fauntleroy: Whitney is a solo pastor in Wilmington, NC. Whitney confirmed her faith at Davie Street Presbyterian Church in the sixth grade and has remained connected with the PCUSA since that time. Whitney’s zeal for her faith began as a middle school student attending Presbytery retreats, camps, and conferences. She began to discern a call in to ministry during her junior year of high school while attending Montreat Youth Conferences. She is excited to work for a more equitable church and to pursue justice, fairness, and inclusion amongst all. Whitney enjoys traveling, listening to music and reading. She is a movie buff who self identifies as “indoorsy,” a fan of Duke Basketball, and dreaming about what it would be like to be best friends with various celebrities – Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, and Gayle King.