Our Story

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 [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, where we are now, a group foster care program with whom Isight has enjoyed a great ministry relationship.

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 commissioned as a pastor 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.