Our Story

A Vision to Do Ministry and Church in a Different Way

The Beginning

Cove Church began in the home of John Tanner.  He and his wife Kathy moved to Huntsville with a dream to plant a church that was different.  Those few families who gathered together in 1996 grew and in 1997 began meeting in Hampton Cove Elementary School.  The ministry model thrived and lives were being changed.  Before they knew it Cove Church was in need of its own facility.  And in 2001, Cove Church moved into its current location.

The Vision

Along the way John sought God’s guidance on keeping to the original vision of Cove Church, which was to focus on authenticity and not religiosity and always provide a place for those who are new to the faith. The method for discipleship was a new one at that time…small groups.  Small Groups have always been at the heart of Cove Church.  These groups breed honest conversations and relational ministry, two essentials of discipleship.

Developing a Campus

In 2006, Cove Church built The Well, which is primarily a Student Ministry facility, but also houses the staff offices.  This building has given the Students at Cove a home and provided a baptistery for dozens of people to experience the step of faith know as baptism.


As Cove continued to grow, God’s vision for Cove has grown as well.  In 2011, we launched a campus in the Chase Community of Northeast Huntsville.  It is our hope and belief that God’s vision for Cove is to impact the Tennessee Valley through reproducing Authentic Christ-Centered Communities. We believe that Cove is just getting started in fulfilling that vision!

Our Beliefs
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