Anthony Rodriguez has served as Valley Hope’s lead pastor since Fall 2011. Anthony graduated from Montreat College and stayed in the area to continue serving Valley Hope in its earliest stages, serving as a preacher and Vision Team member. He worked with teens in Asheville for two years before moving with his family to Cape Town, South Africa for a year. Upon returning from their year of missions abroad in 2009, Anthony resumed his seminary pursuits in earnest at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte while serving as a preacher and college ministry intern at Valley Hope. Anthony completed his MA in Christian Thought and was officially commissioned as pastor by the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic of the EPC in the Spring of 2012 and ordained as Teaching Elder in 2017. Anthony serves Valley Hope as a preacher and pastor and by leading the elder team. Anthony and the elders are responsible for discerning and communicating Valley Hope’s vision while caring for and equipping the people for the work of the Gospel in whatever context God calls them.
Anthony married his best friend, Erin, in 2006, following his graduation from Montreat. Together they have three beautiful daughters, Ryann, Alethia, and Hope and one son, Valor. Erin is a woman of strength and passionate prayer, caring for moms and young women even as she leads her own four young children. She is also a teacher in the three-year-olds class at Montreat Morning School.
The Rodriguez family loves Valley Hope and is thrilled to be in Black Mountain, continuing to invest in the community that has given so much to them.