Pastor Ken and Wanda Anderson


He is theologically a teacher and his beliefs are grounded in (Matthew 22:37-39) ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ And "To do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.”

Our Congregation

Our congregation is proud of our beautiful church’s distinctive architecture and history. The church has been nicknamed “God’s Castle in the Woods”. This year will mark 163 years since the church was formed. About half of the families in the congregation now can trace their roots back to the founders of this church and some are descendants of the church’s namesake, Elizabeth Henson. She was an early pioneer who moved to the area in 1830 Even though she lost her husband the next year, she and her five children survived and thrived in this area which was basically wilderness at that time. After the Civil War took one of her two sons, in 1868 she donated the land to build the first church at the current location. The beautiful church we enjoy today was built during the Great Depression and was completed in 1931. This year will be the church’s 90th year in service to the Cove Creek community. We strive to honor the past and embrace the future. The attendance and membership of Henson Chapel is small but the church is very welcoming to all who enter its doors. Everyone is very friendly and always willing to extend a hand to those in need.

Moravian Christmas Candlelight Love Feast

in 2019

We had great community support for the Moravian Christmas Candlelight Love Feast at Henson Chapel last year.

Outdoor Christmas Celebration in 2020

God was with us for this event because how often do we have a sunny, 60 degrees day with no wind in the middle of December in the mountains. Our Outdoor / Drive-in Christmas Concert with the Almost Moravian Band and Carol Singing by the Choir was how we adapted to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Santa’s Workshop

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves handed out boxes from Santa’s Workshop with crayons coloring books and Stockings filled with candy. The families were able to have a socially distant visit with Santa.

Community Easter Sunrise Service and Easter Egg Hunt

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We provide a Guest Fishing Permit that allows visitors to fish from the trout stream on the church property without a fishing permit.


Girl Scout Troop #10289 meets one Saturday per month. The Troop currently has girls in Brownies thru Ambassador Scouting.

Drive-Thru Trick or Treat

Last year we provided a contact free Drive-Thru Trick or Treat on October 31st with Halloween characters giving out coloring books, games, treats and candy with lights music, a mechanical spider. The spider lady shared the story of David and the spider web with the children. We had a tremendous response from the community and many of the families expressed their appreciation to the church for providing a safe alternative to Trick or Treating. Everyone had a wonderful time with about 76 kids participating, so we hope to continue this ministry in the future.

Blessing Box

We provide a Blessing Box at the church picnic shelter. Anyone can “Take what you need, Leave what you can & Be Blessed”. It stays stocked with non-perishable foods, books and various necessities.

Please join us for worship

Sunday School meets Sundays at 9:30 AM in-person and online via Zoom
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Meeting ID 898 7367 4336 and Password 622153

Worship at 11:00 AM In-person or Online via Facebook Live

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We are located 9 miles west of Boone in the

Cove Creek Community

at 120 Henson Hollar Rd., Vilas NC 28692

on Old Hwy 421 - 1.5 miles past the Historic Cove Creek School

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