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. Bart Connelly says:

    Feel Very Blessed To Read And Share This Posting Of The Cove ✝️😊

  2. Evelyn McKinnon says:

    Now I know what the Psalmist meant when he said, I’ve seen you in your sanctuary in Psa. 63. Abba Papa smiles when He sees His work going on at this place. God bless y’all in continuing His work.

  3. Jean Stoner says:

    How much are the rooms? I am coming when Jill Briscoe will be there. A friend is bringing me.

    1. BGEA says:


      Here is the registration and lodging info:

  4. Jean Stoner says:

    I will coming to the cove in September. I am handicapped in a wheelchair. Do you have handicapped
    Features. Ex. The height of the beds and a handicapped bathroom?

    1. BGEA says:


      Call The Cove toll free at 1-800-950-2092. They should be able to answer your questions.

  5. Pam Herrington says:

    I worked for Jerry Miller during the construction of the camp at the Cove. I taught @ Ben Lippen from 1982-1988 and worked in the camp during the summer. That first summer at The Cove was quite an adventure. Lots of fun with Jerry, Harry Dent, Harlow Brown and Steve & Penny! Sure is great to see the beautiful buildings and know that Mr. Graham’s vision is being fulfilled.

  6. Brenda Menge says:

    I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains and I had the pleasure of visiting the Cove. I want to visit again with my husband. Most beautiful, most serene places that exist. Billy Graham is a disciple of Jesus. Bren

  7. Denise Scott says:

    Beautiful, elegant, peaceful, warm inviting and I cant wait to get there. Amen Thank you, Lord for this gift to visit and study there. Denise

  8. Justin Jones says:

    I love Christ!! I really appreciate Billy Graham so much!!!


    buityfull place thanks god .

  10. Eduardo says:


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