Personal Spiritual Retreats

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat

with John Parrish, July 8-11, 2019


Come experience a Cove-Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat. Once your retreat begins, a trained Cove staff member will meet with you in a small group for orientation and help you customize your Personal Spiritual Retreat experience. Enjoy times of small group reflection, collective prayer, and satisfying conversations at meals to discuss how God is working in your heart. Spend time walking our mountain trails, in private devotions, journaling, and more. Call for more information. All reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the start of the event. 

Schedule of Events

About John Parrish

John Parrish leads Guided Personal Spiritual Retreats at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. His personal mission is to enable others to think deeply, choose wisely, live godly and to intentionally encourage others to do the same. John serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries on the staff of Missio Dei Church in Asheville, North Carolina, and is also an elder at this ACTS 29 congregation. 

In addition to assisting with Guided Personal Spiritual Retreats at The Cove, John also serves as a Pastor in Residence for various Cove seminars and events. 

John's love is to be a trainer, resourcer and encourager to Christian ministry leaders. He has previously worked with Evangelism Explosion International and served as the Director of Leadership Training for Serve International, a relational evangelism training ministry in Atlanta. He co-authored the book and video curriculum Best Friends: Developing an Intimate Relationship with God published by Word Publishers. 

Ordained as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America, John is a graduate of Covenant College (B.A), Lookout Mountain, Tennessee; Gordon-Conwell Seminary (M.Div.), South Hamilton, Massachusetts; and Arrow Ministries (2001), Vancouver, Canada. He completed his Doctorate in Ministry in Christian Leadership with Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

John and his wife, Phyllis, have two adult children and two grandchildren. John enjoys hiking on the Appalachian Trail, motorcycling on the Blue Ridge Parkway, fishing, reading and the History channel. The Parrishes live in Asheville, North Carolina. 

Women’s Mentor: Trish Lancaster Trish Lancaster serves as a women’s mentor for female Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat participants at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. Trish has a heart for encouraging women to make God-honoring choices in daily struggles as well as in great trials. Through practicing prayer as a lifestyle, she hopes to inspire others to have a deeper connection with God. She graduated from Furman University with a major in psychology and a minor in business. Trish has had a broad variety of work experiences which include management, training, retail, and the service industry as well as several years of homeschooling and homemaking. She currently works part-time at her church in the children’s department and as their Awana Commander. Her ministries include Moms In Prayer, Café Connect (casual coffee book club), and mission trips with the youth in her church. Trish and her husband have two children and live in the Asheville area.


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A Ministry of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

1 Porters Cove Road, Asheville, North Carolina, 28805
Phone (828) 298-2092

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