Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove postponing scheduled events due to coronavirus pandemic

ASHEVILLE, N.C., March 15, 2020 – Following yesterday’s executive order by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to stop mass gatherings of more than 100 people, the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove will be postponing all scheduled events.

“This decision does not come lightly, but we want to take measures to help ensure the health and safety of our staff and guests during this difficult time,” said Will Graham, executive director of The Cove and vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “We are taking every precaution to make sure our facilities follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health agency guidelines. We plan to reopen as soon as we can to continue the important work of providing Biblically-based training and programs for our guests.”

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, including the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and visitor’s center, will be closed to the public beginning Sunday, March 15. Announcements about reopening these facilities will be made at a later date.

“As a Christian I know if a person puts their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, He becomes our hope and our refuge, even in difficult times,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “He is ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life’ that we want to share with people in our communities and to the far corners of the world. ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’ (2 Timothy 1:7).”

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove remains committed to providing evangelism and discipleship training and programs and will reschedule events as possible.

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About The Cove: Nestled in the scenic mountains of Asheville, N.C., the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove offers guests a unique and serene experience for purposeful growth through Bible training; in-depth seminars; personal spiritual retreats; concerts; programs for seniors, women and church or ministry leaders; and many other inspirational events throughout the year. The Cove also serves as a conference and retreat center for Christian churches and non-profit ministries. Facilities can accommodate small groups, such as board meetings and church staff retreats, as well as large groups up to 450 guests. For more information, call (828) 771-4800 or visit You can also connect with The Cove on these social media sites (@thecovenc): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.


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