COVID-19 UPDATE: Currently we have two Sunday Morning Worship Services to accommodate social distancing - 9:45AM and 11:15AM. On Wednesday Nights, our children and youth meet from 6:30-8:00pm, and we have a Prayer Meeting for adults at 7:15PM. When you visit, please be aware that 6ft social distancing is in practice across the facility, and mask wearing is highly encouraged. In addition, please checkout our Sermon link and Facebook page link for current content and updates. God bless you until we can meet again!

On the west side of the beautiful mountain city of Asheville, NC is a local body of believers in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at Starnes Cove Baptist Church. We are founded for the purpose of serving the kingdom of God in our community according to the teachings of the scriptures. We seek to provide a warm and caring fellowship in what can be a cold and cruel world. It has been said that we have a very encouraging congregation.

     The Mission of Starnes Cove Baptist Church is to worship God, to bring people to Christ and into a loving fellowship of believers, and to disciple them for service and ministry to others.

Our mission is to carry on the work of Jesus who said:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are downtrodden,
[19] To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
- Luke 4:18-19

We are a mid-size congregation, large enough to provide ministry for all age-groups, but small enough to know one another and be known. We are members of the Southern Baptist Convention, NC Baptist Convention, and the Buncombe Baptist Association.

Exit 44 off I-40 West; Turn Left onto Smokey Park Highway; Go to first light and turn left onto Old Haywood Road; Go past Cracker Barrel about ½ mile to Starnes Cove Road and turn left. The church is about ½ mile on the right. (For a map, click on the Directions tab at the top of the page.)

149 Starnes Cove Road
Asheville, NC 28806


* 9:45 am
Sunday School

* 10:50 am
Worship Service

5:00 pm
Youth Activities… Much music and Bible Study


5:30-6:30 pm
Church Family Suppers (on a donation basis)

* 6:30 pm-8 pm
TeamKids & YouthJam

6:30-7:15 pm Adult Choir Practice

* 7:15-8 pm Prayer Meeting

* Nursery (Infants through 3 years old) is provided during these times.

Special Announcements

Dr. Paul Sanchez has answered the call as Senior Pastor for Starnes Cove Baptist!
During Sunday morning services on June 21st he received an overwhelming 93% of the votes! He, his wife, Joy, and children, Dixie and Jackson will be moving to Asheville soon and he will begin his official duties as senior pastor on July 19th. Paul has a Doctorate of Philosophy from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; a Master of Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; a Master of Arts in Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Evangel University (formerly Central Bible College). He has served nine years as a senior pastor and has five years of interim, associate and other ministry related experience. Paul has served in bilingual ministries, as well. His wife, Joy, works alongside Paul in his ministry supporting him and their family as they both work to further the Kingdom.

July 2020 Weekly Prayer Theme


5 Free from death
Hebrews 2:14—15; John 3:16

12 Free from the law
1 Corinthians 6:12; Romans 8:21

19 Free from sin
Romans 6:22; Romans 8:1

26 Free from slavery
Galatians 5:1; Galatians 4:3—7




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