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7 Things You Should Know About The Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center

7 Things to Know About the Chapel for Blog

Whether you’re here to soak up His Word during a seminar or to visit and feel the presence of God on top of this mountain, the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center offers spiritual sanctuary to individuals and families on the grounds of the Cove.

The Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center at The Cove is used for presenting the ministry of The Cove to visitors and offers a place of prayer for those seeking the peace of God. Volunteers provide guided tours for anyone wanting to know more about the chapel and the life and ministry of Rev. Billy Graham.

 “There are two gorgeous chapels in eastern America. One is at Duke University and the other is here at The Cove.” – Billy Graham

There is no denying the beauty and wonder of this place.

Following are seven fun facts about our chapel and visitors center.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit, we hope that you too, will come and experience God’s blessings here.

1. The steeple is REALLY Tall

  • 87 feet tall with leaded copper, the steeple atop the chapel is as tall as 14 Billy Grahams!

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 2. The cross on top of the steeple is tall, too.

  • The gold-leaf painted cross towers at 8 feet tall on top of the steeple and is a magnificent reminder of the sacrifice
    our Lord Jesus Christ made for us.


3. The pulpit, which is located in the sanctuary level of our chapel, is from the Church of England. Isn’t that cheeky!?

  • Did you know that the pulpit in the Chatlos Memorial Chapel is believed to be over 400 years old? How amazing it is to think of all the messages from God spoken from this pulpit.



4. The pews in the chapel aren’t much younger!

  • The antique pews were originally used in the Royal School for the Blind in England and are over 200 years old!

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5. There’s a Prayer Room located directly beneath the steeple and the cross.

  • Ruth Graham asked for knee pads to be placed around the prayer table so that everyone would feel comfortable during their time of prayer and reflection.  Her thoughtful touches can be found throughout the The Cove property.


6. Ruth Graham chose two special Scriptures to be written in calligraphy, freehand, on the wall in the Prayer Room.

  • The Scripture on the north wall, Philippians 4:6-7, is an invitation to prayer, and the other, on the south wall, Ephesians 3:20-21, a reminder of Who you prayed to. Ruth Graham wanted every detail of the Prayer Room to point to God and give peace to those seeking refuge from the daily trials of life.



7. The illuminated globe in the Prayer Room is a reminder to pray for our brothers and sisters sharing the Gospel around the world.

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8, ESV).


When asked about their favorite part of the chapel, visitors often say they sensed God’s Spirit upon entering through the doors.

We, at The Cove, pray you feel God’s peace today, and we extend a welcome invitation to come enjoy and experience what God has provided for us here at The Cove through the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.

Click here for hours and directions.

Click here to see a full schedule of events taking place in 2016
at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.

Saturday Snapshot

Here at The Cove, we begin our days with staff devotions.  Earlier this week, we were blessed to have some of the guys from our grounds and maintenance crew lead us in worship.

Here’s a snippet from that wonderful time of worship.

Have a blessed weekend, friends!

We’d love to have you attend one of our programs or events, bring your group to The Cove, or just stop by for a visit, .  Click on one of the links below for more information.

Attend a seminar, concert, or personal spiritual retreat.
Host your own event at The Cove.
Take a free tour of the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.

Saturday Snapshot — Singing Unto The Lord

We had some very gifted visitors from Pennsylvania stop by our chapel for a tour last week, and wow! could they sing.  Enjoy the Grove City College Touring Choir here as they lift their voices unto the Lord in praise and worship.

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We posted another video on our Facebook page.  Head on over there and listen to another worshipful song they performed for us.

We’d love you to stop by and see us!  Click here for hours and directions to the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC.  Guided tours are free and open to the public.

God bless you!

Saturday Snapshot – A devotional

Today, we have a real treat for you!  Not just a snapshot, but a video.  Our grounds maintenance supervisor, Lucas, is sharing a special devotional with us today.  See how he explains how God’s pruning in our lives is like the pruning of a rose bush.

We hope this will be an encouragement to you today, whether you are in a season of dormancy, growth, or somewhere in between.

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We hope to see you in person at The Cove this year.  Click here to see what’s going on.

Saturday Snapshot

The deer are out in droves this time of year.

As you can see here, our “deer ones” understand that this place is a safe haven for them.   Ruth Graham was insistent that there would be no hunting allowed on The Cove property.

deer eating grass along the roa Feb 2016

This beauty spent about 20 minutes munching on ivy right outside our administration building.   She had a buddy nearby, not pictured here.

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There were about 10 in this group, along the road leading to the Chapel and Training Center.

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Have a blessed day!

Saturday Snapshot

Last weekend on Valentine’s Day, Brandon Heath performed a beautiful concert and had a little something up his sleeve.

He had received an email request from a fan who was going to be attending his Evening at The Cove concert on February 14th.  This fan asked if Brandon could help him pull off a very special surprise for his  girlfriend during the concert.

Here’s what happened…

First, Brandon told the crowd about an email from a fan asking if he could have a dance with his girlfriend during the concert.  He called the couple up and they proceeded to dance.  Very sweet and romantic!

About to be engaged couple dancing at Brandon Heath concert Feb 14 2016

But that’s not all…

Next, he dropped on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage, and she said yes!  You should have heard the crowd!  Everyone stood up and cheered!

Engaged at Brandon Heath She Said Yes Feb 14 2016

Here is the happily, newly engaged couple with Brandon Heath.  Take a look at everyone in the background…a standing ovation.

the happy couple

Well, apparently, this young man wasn’t the only one with a surprise question for his true love.

Just before the concert this lovely couple was also engaged.  He popped the question in the prayer room!  If you’ve been in the prayer room, you know what a beautiful and inspiring place it is.

engaged in the prayer room Feb 2016

Congratulations to both couples!  We’re glad we could be part of your beautiful memory.

Friends, please join us in praying God’s blessing and favor over these soon to be married couples.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. — 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13 

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Saturday Snapshot – Road Trip

Dozens of Cove staff got up early and drove to Atlanta this week to attend the Decision America Tour, a nationwide prayer rally in which Franklin Graham is sharing the gospel in all 50 states, and encouraging Americans to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation.

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Cove staff gathered and ready to hit the road!
DAT group from The Cove Feb 2016
Cheerful faces bright and early in the morning!
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Jesus is always the answer!
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We really do have the sweetest employees here at The Cove.
DAT group from The Cove Feb 2016 GA State Capitol with crowd
Georgia state capitol where the rally was held. Can you see us?

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Saturday Snapshot — More SNOW!!

You may have seen last week’s snow post, but wait until you see how beautiful it was when we got MORE snow!  It was serene and absolutely beautiful.

Enjoy the photos and see if you recognize the man shoveling snow at the end of this post.

BGTC front gate sign with snow
Welcome to The Cove!
chandelier with snow in background
Bringing the outdoors in.
These rocking chairs look inviting no matter what season we’re in!
Early bird gets the…
Snowy white chapel.


View from above the overlook.
Wil Graham shoveling snow Jan 2016
Leader with a servant heart, Will Graham, lends a hand in making our sidewalks safe.


Why not make a snow angel at work! Angie, our Guest Services Coordinator, knows how to have a good time!

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