The Cove Celebrates 25 Years of Ministry

By   •   December 4, 2013

Cove leaves
The Cove in the fall
Chatlos Memorial Chapel
Cove staff overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains
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.
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)
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
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
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 inside Billy Graham Training Center
Inside one of The Cove's two inns
A guest room at The Cove
Anne Graham Lotz praying
Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham's daughter) praying with a woman at The Cove
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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  1. Cristina says:

    This is wonderful .god is so good cause the things are imposible with. Men are possible with God

  2. Jocelyn Sheyyab says:

    What a wonderful blessing the few times I’ve been there an look to forward to many more times to be there with the peacefulness an beauty.

  3. Jean Marburger says:

    The Cove is so beautiful and would love one day to visit!! Just to see the autumn colors, you know how awesome our God is!! And to feel God’s presence and to study God’s Words would be a blessing!! To have people teach you and reveal a deeper understanding of God’s Word!!


    i would like to go there some day.. 🙂

  5. Vianne Pendleton says:

    Once you’ve been to the Cove, life will never be the same. The peace that envelops you immediately when you enter the grounds is palpable. Can’t wait to visit again. If you ever have the opportunity to experience the Cove, don’t hesitate!!! Thank you Dr Graham and Ruth for having the vision and sharing with us.

  6. Carol Trent says:

    To walk on this property is to feel the presence of Jesus. It’s the closest to Heaven I’ll ever come on Earth. Everything about this place is God breathed. You feel Him in the air, meetings, rooms, everywhere. You never want to leave. Thank you Billy for making this vision a reality.

  7. Cindy Meyer says:

    On my bucket list!!!! Going there someday!! Would love to live near there too!!!!

  8. Mrs Kenneth Adams says:

    The only vacation I care to take in my life is at the Cove. Lord willing, someday. 🙂

  9. Pam acres says:

    After reading the history of The Cove and seeing its beauty , I hope to one day visit it and spend quality time with God! I love being out in Gods creation I feel so close to him . Praying I can do this one day!

  10. Joyce Paul says:

    Our Lord is Great! His works marvelously! It is soul refreshing place. only by watching the Cove on computer, I feel the Mighty presence of Lord, how more be there…..Lord bless His people because He loves us! GOD BLESS Dr Billy Graham! AMEN

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