Valley Hope Church: Gospel. Community. Mission. Discipleship.
Worship time: Sundays @ 10:30am
Owen Middle School Auditorium
730 Old US Hwy 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778
Look for the signs road side.
Valley Hope is a people who want to see the kingdom of Jesus transform the Swannanoa Valley.
Valley Hope envisions that transformation happening through people shaped by:
“The Church exists for no other reason than to draw people into Christ.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity This vision expresses itself inwardly and outwardly. We’re together as a community moving ever inward towards Christ. Our community bears burdens and encourages each other onward. But we also passionately believe that Jesus is always finding those corners of our town where no one loves Him, moving so that everyone has the opportunity to love Him. We want to be right there with Him, wherever He’s going.
In 2004 a group of students and alum from Montreat College began meeting in a Black Mountain tavern called the Watershed for worship on Sunday mornings in hopes of reaching people not likely to darken the doors of your average church. They called this little movement of the Gospel Isight. Montreat Presbyterian Church [now called Christ Community Church Montreat, also of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church] generously and graciously agreed to support Isight with oversight, prayer, and finances.
In the Summer of 2007 Isight called its first pastor, Joshua Schatzle, himself a Montreat alum, who, at the time, was in Bakersfield, CA helping to launch a church plant there. At that time the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of the Mid-Atlantic ordained Josh, received Isight into their network of churches as an organizing church and agreed to financially support it until it grew into maturity.
We invite you to come and allow Jesus to embrace and change you, even as He constantly is doing to us.
Since that time Isight has undergone a host of changes as it continues to grow up into its own church. We met for a time at the Manor House/In the Oaks of Montreat College’s Black Mountain campus, but then moved to the campus of the Black Mountain Home for Children and most recently to Owen Middle School, in pursuit of more space and better connection with our valley.
Beginning in November 2011, the elder team was led by Anthony Rodriguez as Josh moved on to a new call in Illinois. Anthony graduated from Gordon-Conwell in May 2012 and has been ordained as Teaching Elder by the Mid-Atlantic Presbytery of the EPC.
In September of 2016, the members of Isight Church voted to change the name of the church to Valley Hope Church.
Our community is made up of young parents and their children, singles, college students, empty-nesters, and the kids and staff of the Black Mountain Home for Children, a full spectrum of people. Sunday mornings are filled with people who come as they are, whether a lifelong church member or exploring who Jesus is. We don’t have a dress code or expectations for our guests. We invite you to come and allow Jesus to embrace and change you, even as He constantly is doing to us.
In our natural state, we are “blind”, a metaphor the Bible uses for spiritual deadness [John 3:3]. The Dead can’t see; we need “spiritual eyes”. That’s why God sends Jesus; to bring sight to the blind and bring them to Life [Luke 4:18]. Isight Church is a people who’ve gained sight through Jesus Christ, are growing in light of that newly-given sight, and are helping others to gain sight in Jesus too.
And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road. (Mark 10:51-52)