Big Cove Church is a tale of two buildings, two worship services, and one Body of Christ. Formerly a Cumberland congregation, Big Cove Church voted to join the northern Presbyterian Church in 1906. This vote caused a split in the congregation which explains the other Big Cove Church (Cumberland) on Highway 431.
Our facilities are right off Highway 431 in the Big Cove/Owens Cross Roads area, two miles north of Hampton Cove. For over one hundred years, we were the "little white church on the hill," behind the pine trees, a block or two off the highway and fairly out of sight. Today, our new two-story brick building is visible to anyone traveling Highway 431 and open to everyone.
Throughout our 107 years of ministry, several special ministers have come and gone. Rev. Washio Ishii served the longest tenure as Big Cove's pastor, serving from 1963 until 1989. He was followed by Rev. Rosemary McMahan who served 2002-2015. Rev. Houston Hodges joined Big Cove as Parish Associate in 2006 and served in that capacity until 2017. Revs. McMahan and Hodges were followed by Rev. Kim Mitchel who has served as pastor since 2018.
In 2006, as a form of evangelism, the session voted to start a second service called "First Light." This casual worship experience at 9:00 AM offers a change from traditional services with the incorporation of guitar, drums, and banjo playing, Power Point, member leadership and weekly communion. At 11:00 AM, we continue to worship in a more traditional fashion, though nothing is ever "formal" at Big Cove! We are a "come as you are" congregation.
Big Cove Church is committed to its vision and mission statements.
Vision: Big Cove Presbyterian Church is called by God to: provide family to all, meet people where they are on their faith journey, train leaders, create disciples, and share the love of God wherever we go.
Mission: Big Cove Presbyterian Church values being an intimate, welcoming, and caring family of faith who worships God with all its soul and shines His light into the world.
Bic Cove Presbyterian Church is thankful to be a part of the North Alabama Presbytery. Our goal is to be a church that can assist others in the transformations that we have undergone and are still continuing to undergo. We are a family here, and we want to continue to grow both spiritually and numerically as we continue to serve Christ in the Cove and beyond.