The Cove Celebrates 25 Years of Ministry

By   •   December 4, 2013

Cove leaves
The Cove in the fall
chapel
Chatlos Memorial Chapel
Cove staff overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains
Cove staff overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains
chefs
Carefully preparing a meal for Cove guests
Cove from the air
Billy Graham's brother, Melvin, found the property that's now The Cove while flying over Asheville, N.C., in the 1970s.
Cove construction
Early Cove construction
Chatlos Chapel steeple
The 87-foot-tall steeple of Chatlos Memorial Chapel being transported on the back of a pickup truck
Chapel steeple
A crane lowers the Chatlos Memorial Chapel steeple into place.
Chatlos steeple
Ruth Graham chose the height of the steeple after deciding the architect's plan didn't make it tall enough.
Jerry Miller Cove
Jerry Miller making a presentation about The Cove
training center construction
Construction of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, built in 1991
Jerry Miller giving a TV interview on the site of The Cove in Asheville, N.C.
Jerry Miller giving a TV interview on the site of The Cove in Asheville, N.C.
Millers and Grahams
Jerry and Dee Miller with Ruth and Billy Graham at Christmastime
Billy Graham and Jerry Miller
Billy Graham laughing with his friend, Jerry Miller, who served as the first executive director of The Cove
Decision article 1985
The 1985 Decision magazine article announcing The Cove, which was originally to be called "The Billy Graham Lay Center"
Cove dedication
Billy Graham and Jerry Miller at the dedication of The Cove, on a rainy day in May, 1993
Cove dedication
Billy Graham speaking at the dedication of The Cove in 1993 (six years after The Cove held its first programs)
steeple
Chatlos Memorial Chapel steeple
Cove deck
The back deck of The Training Center, a popular gathering place
Dee and Jerry Miller
Dee and Jerry Miller on the deck of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove
training center
Front entrance of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove
Dining hall workers at The Cove
Dining hall workers at The Cove
Cove Christmas
Members of The Cove staff at Christmastime
Cove bear
Bear sighting at The Cove
Ruths Attic
Smiling faces at Ruth's Attic, The Cove's bookstore
Cove open house
The Cove's annual open house
inside chapel
Inside Chatlos Memorial Chapel
inside training center
The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove
praying
A group praying together on the deck at the Billy Graham Training Center in 1994
Cove dining hall
The dining hall inside the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove
auditorium
Auditorium inside Billy Graham Training Center
inn
Inside one of The Cove's two inns
A guest room at The Cove
A guest room at The Cove
Anne Graham Lotz praying
Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham's daughter) praying with a woman at The Cove
mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains
training center
The Billy Graham Training Center
training center
The back of the Billy Graham Training Center at night

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32 Comments

  1. Maria says:

    I had the chance to visit the Cove and it was the best time of my life, it’s a beautiful place!!..I pray I return someday soon.

  2. Lwin Lwin Thant says:

    So pleasant place for spiritual care and support. I would like to visit there.

  3. Malcolm Cook Jr says:

    I would like to visit this place someday.

  4. Paul Ho says:

    Praise God, our provider, – everything is so perfect.

  5. Ayalneh Abawa says:

    the blessed Dr graham is not only evangelist but also a great architect who built this heavenly area on earth, may god bless him and his family much

  6. Mathews Koshy says:

    I thank God for Dr Billy Graham. I pray that the Lord Jesus give him long life and health.

  7. Lawrence says:

    What the Lord has done through his sin Dr Billy Graham for mankind will never die till the Saviour Jesus Christ comes back again!
    The Lord God is the Lord at COVE!!
    Dr. Billy Graham never dies!!

  8. Neysa Rubiano says:

    The Cove , Que hermoso lugar \o/, se que algún día con la ayuda de Dios estaré allí ,lo se wow!!!:D Blessings..

  9. Sukanya Dare says:

    At first, I didn’t think I had time to read or to look at the pictures. But when I saw the first picture I felt GOD’s presence. It’s just like heaven, even though I have never seen heaven, it is amazing! I thank God for Dr. Graham and the family for all the wonderful work they do to bring the lost souls to Jesus.

  10. Laura La Rue says:

    I am delighted to have the privilege of going to The Cove, this week, with a group from our Church. We are leaving December 8 and will be visiting The Cove on December 12th. This photo gallery of The Cove’s story has me even more excited. To be able to come to The Cove during this 25th year of ministry is a wonderful blessing. God is so good!