Current and Prospective Chaplains Receive Crisis Training at The Cove

By   •   June 20, 2018

Chaplains in rocking chairs facing the mountains.
Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) take in a view of the mountains during a recent chaplain training conference, held annually at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.
A woman and a man talk on the porch.
About half of those who attended the conference are current RRT chaplains there for more training. The other half do not serve with RRT but are interested in chaplaincy.
A couple of people pose for a photo.
Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain Kevin Williams and his wife during some down time at The Cove.
5 people standing for a picture.
A handful of the 350 people who attended training at The Cove.
Once trained, volunteer chaplains may deploy to natural or man-made disasters at a moment's notice. They go to offer emotional and spiritual care to those experiencing some of life's most difficult trials.
Three people standing in a circle, praying.
Chaplains prayed with those who are interested in chaplaincy. Many who aren't already chaplains applied to become chaplains as a result of the conference.
A young woman reading in a rocking chair.
RRT staff member Allie LaBruna takes a quiet moment during her time in the North Carolina mountains. The Cove offers seminars, Bible studies, concerts, personal spiritual retreats and more throughout the year. Learn more.

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  1. Teri Beeler says:

    During my first time attending The Cove this summer, I was so excited to be able to attend, stay at the cozy Shepherd’s Inn, meet gracious people, met new life-friends, take a CISM course for chaplaincy training, hike beautiful trails all around the property, eat lots of delicious food and worship the Lord. The best of all was I felt as if I was on holy ground the entire time! The property is so peaceful to see the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, miles of trees, even fireflies (lightning bugs) light up the June night sky and hear/see nature at its best. God provided this divine appointment for me and many others as we all had the same goal—do what God has called us to do—Share Hope in Crisis offering emotional and spiritual support. I’ll be back!

  2. Mary Hand says:

    Great time at the Chaplain Training at The Cove last week!! So enjoyed the training and the food

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