Military Chaplains Have Fresh Encounter With God at The Cove

By Todd Sumlin   •   December 3, 2020

Wideshot of people worshiping at the Military Chaplain Retreat
Military chaplains and their spouses from across the U.S. gathered recently at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. The Military Chaplain Retreat, offered by the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, gave these faithful workers a special time to experience God’s refreshment and encouragement.
Attendees walking in snow
The retreat took place from November 30 to December 3 in Asheville, North Carolina. Attendees reveled in this year's beautiful snowfall.
Anne Graham Lotz
Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, was one of the speakers. Lotz is an author, speaker, and the founder and president of AnGeL Ministries.
The Tommy Coomes Band provided inspiring worship music.
There was comradery in praising God together.
People walking inside with masks on
The chaplains and their spouses wore masks in keeping with COVID-19 safety precautions.
Dr. Gary Chapman at podium; large wreath
Chaplains and their spouses heard from Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the popular Five Love Languages series who teaches at marriage conferences throughout the U.S.
Couple eating in the dining hall
As part of the retreat, couples enjoyed meals and fellowship together. The Cove is known for its scrumptious food.
Chaplain Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Doug Carver at podium
Chaplain Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Doug Carver was one of several speakers at the four-day conference.
Man worshiping with arm raised
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People having their picture taken in front of large Christmas tree
The Cove is beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the trees make for lovely backdrops.
Man and woman listening
The event was open to active-duty military chaplains as well as National Guard and reservist chaplains.
Table with many colorful candy choices
This fun table of candy and snacks was a big hit. Attendees picked out their favorites to enjoy.
Dr. Richard Blackaby, president of Blackaby Ministries International
Dr. Richard Blackaby, president of Blackaby Ministries International, shared encouragement from God's Word.
Man and woman praying
Praying together.
Two men talking
The event provided opportunities to see old friends and make new acquaintances with a common interest.
License plate that says "CHAP E" from Missouri
Chaplains traveled long distances for the retreat. Registration information for the 2021 event will be available online in the coming months.