Who We Are

The Presbyterian Heritage Center (PHC) is an independent non-profit organization supported by individuals, churches, and foundations.

We opened our facility in May 2008 in the Spence Hall, originally built in Montreat for the Historical Foundation of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches. The PHC is the successor to the Friends of the Historical Foundation whose mission was to support the ongoing Historical Foundation operation in Montreat. The Historical Foundation had been closed by the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in 2006.

The PHC conducts a learning center, research library, changing museum exhibits and online web site, all of which are visited by tens of thousands every year. We have custody of Presbyterian and missionary artifacts, documents, periodicals, books, photographs, and film archives. We are the only Presbyterian historical facility not aligned with any single denomination. The PHC is independent. We collect and preserve records and materials of all Presbyterian & Reformed Church denominations.

Mission Statement

The Presbyterian Heritage Center at Montreat is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization operating as an innovative and interactive learning center and research facility both onsite and online. The mission is to:

1. Educate young people and adults about the heritage and history of churches sharing the Presbyterian and Reformed faith through exhibits and programs, so they may understand and appreciate what God through Jesus Christ has done with and through His People and seek to discern Godʼs will both today and in the future.

2. Discover, collect, document, preserve, exhibit, and make available records, artifacts, photographs, film, books, and other information, both onsite and online, about the history of the Presbyterian & Reformed churches, the church universal and about Montreat.

3. Increase understanding and appreciation of the history of national and worldwide missions, as well as, to promote the importance of present and future missions.


Board of Directors

Richard A. Ray

Montreat, NC

William Scheu
Vice Chair 

Montreat, NC

Hugh Q. Alexander, Jr.

Montreat, NC

Sue Diehl

Montreat, NC

John N. Akers

Montreat, NC

Mason Blake

Montreat, NC

Terry Brown Butler

Mt. Pleasant, SC

Martha D. Campbell

Montreat, NC

Scott Candler III

Decatur, GA


William E. Dudley

Signal Mtn., TN

Paul H. Grier

Greenville, SC

John Hinkle

Montreat, NC

Jen Haddox

Waynesburg, PA

Mark Mueller

Franklin, TN

Henry Neale

Montreat, NC

Charlie Newton

Atlanta, GA

Jackson Sadler

Asheville, NC

Eloise Shepherd

Atlanta, GA

Judy Shuford

Montreat, NC

Lorenzo R. Small

Charlotte, NC

Brad Smith

Columbia, SC

Kay L. Stockdale

Swannanoa, NC

Letta Jean Taylor

Kiawah, SC

Roy Taylor

Atlanta, GA

Tom Widmer

Montreat, NC

Alva Whitehead

Florence, SC


Anne Chesky

Executive Director



Lucy Dusthimer

Docent & Researcher 


Lisa Harrold

Registrar & Docent

Mimi Helms

Docent & Researcher

Beth Fountain

Director of Development

Nancy Midgette

Director of Research

Celia Pratt

Docent & Researcher


Walter Somerville

Chief Financial Officer

Ann Vinson

Director of Library & Database 

Advisory Board

Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount

Former President
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Richmond, VA

Barbara T. Cain

NC Presbyterian Historical Society & Certified Archivist

Rev. Dr. William E. Dudley

Former Moderator, Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC)
Signal Mountain, TN

Rev. Dr. J. Howard Edington

Hilton Head, SC


Rev. Hunter Farrell

World Missions Initiative
Pittsburgh, PA

Rev. Dr. Joan S. Gray

Former Moderator, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Nathan O. Hatch

Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell

First Presbyterian Church
Colorado Springs, CO (ECO)

Dr. Elsie Anne McKee

Professor, Reformation Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, NJ

Dr. Susan Hardman Moore

Professor of Early Modern Religion and Director of Postgraduate Studies
University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Dr. Heath K. Rada

Former Moderator
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Montreat, NC

Rev. Dr. Randall T. Ruble

Former President, Erskine College (ARP)
Due West, SC

Rev. Dr. Jim M. Singleton, Jr.

Associate Prof. of Pastoral Leadership, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
South Hamilton, MA

Rev. Wayne Sparkman

Director, Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) Historical Center
St. Louis, MO

Rev. Dr. Scott W. Sunquist

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
South Hamilton, MA

Rev. Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw

Former President
Austin Theological Seminary
Austin, TX