Category Archives: Special Events

Saturday Snapshot

We recently had three very special days with Cliff Barrows during his 10th annual “Christmas at The Cove with Cliff Barrows and Friends” event.

This year marks the end of his “official” involvement with the event, but as he has always been family and a ministry partner to the Graham family, he is sure to come back for many visits.   “We’ll never have another one like this,” Mr. Barrows said.

Click here for a recap of this wonderful celebration.

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Cliff Barrows and Tom Bledsoe at Christmas at the Cove.
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Sweet moment as Will Graham escorts Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Barrows away from the Training Center.

Women’s Bible Studies at The Cove

Ladies, it’s time to sign up for the free women’s Bible study at The Cove!

Both Jane and Kendra have been working diligently throughout the year to prepare their lessons and are looking forward to seeing each of you.

Take a look  at their videos below to get an idea of what to expect in January.

Jane Derrick — Is Peace Possible?
Tuesday mornings: January 6 – March 3, 2015
9:45am - 11:45 a.m.
11:45 – 1 p.m. (optional)
Jane’s study will have an optional $10 lunch available, but you must sign up the week prior to each meal by calling 1-800-950-2092.
Note: Class will not meet on February 24th

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register for Jane’s morning Bible study.

Click here if you do not see Jane’s video in your browser.


Kendra Graham — Compelled: Christ’s Relentless Love For You
Tuesday evenings: January 6 – February 17, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register for Kendra’s evening Bible study.

Click here if you do not see Kendra’s video in your browser.

Newcomers always welcome!  Bring a friend or two.

A Word of Thanks From Will Graham

Dear Friends,

We have much to be thankful for this year at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. We’ve been blessed beyond measure, and we are grateful to God and to each of you for that.

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Over the past several months at The Cove, we’ve had outstanding speakers who have shared with us clear and inspiring truths from the Word of God. Attendees at the seminars have commented to us that they felt the presence of God in this place, and their faith was deepened and enriched through the teaching here. They’ve left feeling more equipped than ever to walk in righteousness and reach those around them who need to hear of the hope of the Savior.

This is exactly what my grandparents, Billy and Ruth Graham, envisioned when they built this beautiful place, and I know that my grandfather is moved when he hears of what is happening here.

In addition to the seminars, we’ve had several concerts with nationally-known musicians who take time out of their busy schedules to stop in for an intimate performance at The Cove. Thousands have taken advantage of these events – called An Evening at The Cove.

One of the most moving events that has taken place this year was the National Law Enforcement Retreat in October, sponsored by the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. Police officers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom took time away from their very stressful duties to learn how to deal with the emotional and spiritual challenges they and their families endure on a daily basis. This was a wonderful time of ministry. Men and women who have seen and lived through things most of us could never even imagine, were able to let their guard down and pray, worship and heal together. Marriages were reconciled and families strengthened.

As we approach the end of November, we’re now looking forward to one of the prettiest times of the year: Christmas at The Cove. We hope you’ll have an opportunity to visit us in the coming days to see the beautiful decorations and take in some of the exciting events and sing-alongs on the schedule in the waning weeks of 2014.

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The beautiful creche at The Cove.

My friends, at Thanksgiving, I’m so thankful for you. Each of us who have the blessing of working at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove realizes every day the importance of your prayers and support. None of what I’ve just mentioned would be possible without you and God’s blessings. We are eternally grateful.

May you and yours have a happy Thanksgiving and a blessed Christmas!

Will Graham
Executive Director, The Cove

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Celebrate Christmas at The Cove


Come and enjoy the warmth and splendor of The Cove during the Christmas season!

Click the links below to find out more information about our
2014 Christmas events.

CAC Concerts

Christmas at The Cove with Cliff Barrows & Friends
Featuring The Collingsworth Family

Christmas at The Cove with Tommy Coomes Band
December 8, 2014

Christmas at The Cove with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
December 11, 2014

Christmas at The Cove with Point of Grace
December 12, 2014

Christmas at The Cove with Sara Groves
December 13, 2014


SeniorSalt Carol Sing

Come and celebrate the birth of our Savior with an inspiring devotional and your favorite Christmas carols. (click dates below for more details)

SeniorSalt Carol Sing at The Cove
with Ron Whittemore with David Gaines


Ladies….Be sure not to miss out!!

Womens christmas luncheon

Come and enjoy a festive afternoon of music, a message from Kendra Graham, and a delicious meal. Open to women ages 15 and above. *Space is limited. Click here for more Info!


This year, give a gift with eternal benefits.  Cove gift certificates make the perfect gift for your loved ones.   To order call 1-800-950-2092.


Nativity Scene at The Cove

Ladies…Join Us for a Women’s Day Away with Lisa Harper!

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Women’s Day Away with Lisa Harper
Thursday, November 13, 2015.
The Nearness of King Jesus: Our Radically Accessible Savior

$49 per person (includes program and lunch)

Jesus chose to put down His royal scepter and pick up a wet towel to wash human feet. He chose to endure indignity, pain, and temptation so as to be with us, His beloved. Come study the affectionate embrace of your Redeemer and enjoy a more intimate relationship with Christ. Allow Him to infuse you with more compassion for the lost and lonely people around you.

Turn your visit to The Cove into a mini-retreat! You can extend your stay by taking advantage of the “Come Early” & “Stay Over” opportunities during this event. To register, call 1-800-950-2092. Click here to learn more about this Women’s Event at The Cove.

About Lisa Harper

Lisa Harper is a popular author, Bible teacher, and creator of the popular Renewing the Heart conferences. She is a featured speaker on the Women of Faith tour and a key contributor to the Becoming Devotional Bible for Women.

Visit our website by clicking here.

Cliff Barrows – Celebrating 25 Years of Ministry at The Cove

Earlier this week we had an amazing time of worship and celebration as we celebrated the goodness of God and the faithfulness of one of His servants, Cliff Barrows.  Mr. Barrows was honored for 25 years of ministry at The Cove.

0039 smThrough laughter and tears, a full auditorium listened as Cliff shared fond memories of his time at The Cove and some of his experiences over the years with the Billy Graham Crusades. Guy Penrod, Tom Bledsoe and Pete Briscoe were all a part of this wonderful celebration.

A special one-of-a-kind bird house replica of Chatlos Memorial Chapel at The Cove (hand-made by Cove employees) was presented to Mr. Barrows and his beautiful wife Ann in recognition of their many years of faithful service. The presentation was made by Will Graham, Executive Director of The Cove and grandson of Billy Graham. Will thanked Mr. Barrows for his ministry and shared his affection for his “Uncle Cliff”.

Cliff later said that he and Ann had decided to place the treasured birdhouse right on their kitchen table where they will be able to enjoy it at all times.

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Barry and Jim are the two talented Cove employees who created the beautiful birdhouse.
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Barry working on the birdhouse in The Cove woodshop.

Above all of the festivities, it was the Lord Jesus Christ that was given all of the glory that night and the sweet presence of the Lord was surely in that place.

On behalf of all of us here at The Cove, thank you Mr. and Mrs. Barrows. Thank you for ushering us into the presence of Jesus all of these years. We look forward to creating more memories in the years to come. We love you very much!

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The Cove Honors Pastors for Pastor Appreciation Month

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month! 

What better place for the shepherd to hear God’s voice than in the quiet and peaceful mountain setting of The Cove.

We are pleased to invite pastors and their spouses to attend the Pastors’ Institute event at no charge (program and meals). As an additional blessing, the cost of meals and lodging will also be covered for those who would like to arrive a day early to enjoy some extra quiet time with God.

If you are a pastor, we hope you will allow yourself some time to get away and take advantage of this opportunity. 

If you are not a pastor, but your pastor has been a blessing to you, please encourage them to register for this free event. 

Click here for all the details and register by calling 1-800-950-2092.

Note: Pastors must complete a resource application form to register for this event. Applicant must be actively serving in pastoral ministry (this includes those serving in part-time ministry as well as bi-vocational). Resources will cover Pastors’ Institute registration fee for pastor & spouse and lodging and meal costs for optional Come Early (October 15).


Christian Blogger Retreat

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Join us on November 17-18, 2014 for a special conference at The Cove in Asheville, NC, specifically designed for bloggers, social media and marketing professionals. This two-day conference will offer something for everyone- from the beginning blogger to the seasoned social media and marketing professional. It will be a time of learning, equipping and inspiration, all in the refreshing environment of The Cove.

Renowned speaker and bestselling author Jon Acuff will be keynote speaker and there will be sessions from multiple experts on topics such as Pinterest, blogging, effective use of photography and more.

Each day will include time spent in prayer and Bible study. Attendees will leave encouraged, with a new inspiration to impact the world around them for Christ, through their existing platforms.

Worship will be led by the amazing Stephanie Seefeldt.

Come experience The Cove and leave inspired and ready to make a difference online.

Click here for the full line up of speakers, a schedule and registration information. Call 1-800-950-20920 to register

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World Medical Mission, 2013 Prescription for Renewal, BGTC at The Cove

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Hispanic Men Hungry To Hear From God Come to The Cove

The Cove-Retiro de Hombres- Spring 2014A pastor of 25 years, Eduardo Jimenez, was going through a difficult time in ministry, and it felt like his world had begun to cave in around him. 

It was 2011 and his wife of 32 years had come to him after having struggled for several months in their marriage. 

“She felt abandoned.  She said I focused more on my ministry than on her,” Eduardo recalls.  She asked him to make a decision. 

“I felt like a little boat in the ocean without direction.  I didn’t know where I was going.”

Eduardo had prayed for a place to get away.  A place where he could step away from the daily distractions and hear from God. 

“I had to make a decision.  I couldn’t wait.” 

He first heard about The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, located in the mountains of Asheville, NC, in the 1990’s while living in Miami, FL, but he never visited.  It was now, living in Raleigh, NC, just four hours from The Cove, that God reminded him of this place of retreat. 

Eduardo called The Cove and booked a Personal Spiritual Retreat. 

He asked his wife to wait for him to go to The Cove and be with God.

His wife, who Eduardo credits with being a very godly woman, said yes.  She told her husband she would wait and pray. 

A few weeks later he made the trip from Raleigh to Asheville.  “When I came to The Cove, I felt the presence of God, from the gate, all throughout the property.” 

With tears in his eyes, Eduardo whispered, “I felt like God was telling me, ‘I am waiting on you.’”

small Meandering road DSC_0096The first day of his retreat, Eduardo stayed in his room and fasted.  At the end of the day, he felt God calling him to the woods.

God told me, “I didn’t bring you to this place to be locked up in a room, I want you outside, in the woods. There I will teach you.”

He spent the following day in the woods from 9 am to 9 pm, walking the trails, meditating on the Scriptures on the prayer pillars and spending time with God.

On his last day Eduardo spent the entire morning and afternoon hiking the 3-1/2 miles to the overlook.  “This time was tremendous,” he said. “There are no words.”

What he experienced at the overlook that day “Was so good, I wanted more.  I told God I will continue to come here to hear from Him.”

Eduardo returned home a different man.  “I was transformed,” he said.   

Since that time, Eduardo has come four times on a Personal Spiritual Retreat. 

On one of these visits, God laid on his heart to invite men from his Hispanic church in Raleigh to come to The Cove with him.  He felt called to bring these men to be with God in the woods.

You can see the passion in Eduardo’s eyes as he shares the birth of this idea, to the planning, to the execution.

“Sometimes with Hispanic families, money is an issue,” he says.

Many of the men work in construction, landscaping and agriculture jobs.  “These are not 9-5 jobs with a paid vacation.  It is hard for them to plan to be away.  Sometimes their bosses will not let them go,” Eduardo’s son Angel explained. 

Despite the obstacles, Eduardo admits, “If God poured this on my heart, I knew He would do something.” 

God provided. 

Leading up to the retreat, church members began putting away $25 a week, as most of them could not afford the expense all at once. Those that were more financially stable and felt lead also gave, in addition to their own, to support those who could not afford to go. 

It all came together and it was clear that God’s mighty hand was blessing this ministry.     

The Cove-Retiro de Hombres- Spring 2014In April, Eduardo and his son brought 12 men to The Cove to spend time with God. The message they wanted to impart to the men was: To be men after God’s own heart and to focus on establishing their identities in Christ.  Acts 13:22 Eduardo acted as their guide and interpreter.  The men spent lots of time (all day) in the woods, they studied God’s Word and shared life stories, they prayed and worshiped in the Chapel and enjoyed a time of fellowship with one another unlike any other they had ever experienced.   

God worked mightily in the lives of these men as they set aside time to be with Him. 

Eduardo says he will bring more men in the future. 

The Cove-Retiro de Hombres- Spring 2014“It all began at the overlook.  God transformed my life there.  And now I have a call to bring more Hispanic men to The Cove.  I know 100% God will talk to them.” 

Eduardo’s prayer is that God will provide the proper tools and support to spread the word about this opportunity for Hispanic men.  He says that there are English speaking churches all over the country that have small Hispanic subset congregations. His hope is that these English speaking pastors will learn about this opportunity and share with Hispanic pastors and their congregations, who may be going through a difficult time as it was in his case.

Eduardo is sure that God will restore their hearts and will give them a fresh vision to continue to do God’s will in their lives. Psalm 37:23

If you would like more information on future Hispanic retreats like this, you may contact them directly here:
(919)  602-8403
Twitter: @TheCoveHispanic


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Discipleship Multiplication Training at The Cove

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On May 8-10, 2014, pastors and small group Bible study leaders are invited to participate in the Great Commission Discipleship training program at The Cove. 

Participants will be equipped to experience and model a lifestyle of consistent spiritual growth, personal witness, and relational ministry in their own churches and communities.  

What happens when trained in this New Testament disciple-making process? 

Spiritual multiplication! 

Pastor Bill Boldt from Southern Heights Baptist Church in Kentucky, who attended a training earlier this year shares his “multiplication” experience here:

“My wife and I were there in January along with our youth minister and we were truly blessed. Since we have come back the three of us are now mentoring two individuals each and the success we are seeing in these people’s lives is incredible. They are witnessing and learning the Word of God at a marvelous rate and growing in the Lord.

We have made it a requirement of all of our new incoming members to go under the guidance of a mentor for at least seven weeks to go through the Call to Joy and then if they desire to go on, into the Call to Growth. I have one who has just started the Call to Growth after going through the Call to Joy and says he cannot get enough of God’s Word. He is very thirsty. He was a twenty year functioning alcoholic with a huge smoking habit. He has quit both of those vices and is now 5 months clean and growing in Christ.

We have now formed a team of Paul’s at our church and they are almost ready to begin mentoring others. We are sending six more to The Cove in May to return and be a part of the mentoring team. It has really taken off in our church and we are excited about what the Lord is going to do in the future. I believe that after 2-5 years of this style of mentoring our church will look entirely different and will have depth that it has never had before.

Thank you for the work you have done.  I look forward to our folks return when they come in May. God is so good.”

Take this opportunity to invest in your church while immersing yourself in the beautiful mountain setting of The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.

For more information, such as schedule of events and cost breakdown, click here

To register, call 1-800-950-2092.

NOTE: Advanced Training sessions will be available for those who attended the Basic training in January.World Medical Mission, 2013 Prescription for Renewal, BGTC at The Cove