Site Visit: Billy Graham Training Center

By Natalie Dupuis, March 30, 2015

Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina, is 1,200 acres of natural beauty and part of the ministry of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Groups can use its training facility for daylong meetings, or stay overnight in one or both inns on the property. The training center has 12 meeting rooms including a 460-seat auditorium. Porches overlooking the Smoky Mountains can be used for small receptions or breakout sessions.

The Pilgrims’ Inn and Shepherd’s Inn have 127 rooms and six suites between the two buildings, each with two queen beds. Guests eat family-style meals in the training center dining room and enjoy 24-hour complimentary beverages in the main lobby. The crown jewel of this property is the Chatlos Memorial Chapel with its soaring 87-foot steeple, antique pews from the Royal London Society for Blind People, handcrafted wrought-iron chandeliers and transcendent natural light.

The Cove has served as a conference location for Samaritan’s Purse, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, among other faith-based groups. To meet at the center, the group must agree with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s statement of faith and have a specific Christian reason for meeting. If a meeting is determined to be a good fit, organizations will find the center cost-effective, as it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that does not charge taxes for guest groups. Additionally, parking is free and gratuities are not necessary

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