About Covenant Village

Covenant Village is a full-service, nonprofit Life Plan Community in the North Carolina Piedmont. We have earned a strong, long-standing reputation in our hometown of Gastonia, NC, since first opening our doors in 1982. The lush greenery of our beautiful landscaping and carefully maintained surroundings would be our finest asset if not for the grace of God and the engaging people who call Covenant Village home.

Our welcoming residents radiate warmth and purpose by engaging in active pursuits, seeking new possibilities, and embracing new friends. Covenant Village leadership and team members keep the residents’ independence and needs at the forefront of all actions and decisions to ensure a secure and caring community. We are a family-friendly ecumenical community as eleven faith communities worked to bring about Covenant Village.

Covenant Village provides the charm, grace, and security of small-town living. It is surprising to realize that our quiet and serene campus, tucked away among lush natural splendor, is conveniently located 20 miles west of Charlotte with easy access to I-85 and the Charlotte Douglas Airport and only an hour’s drive to mountain retreats. We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to everything that Covenant Village has to offer.

Our Values, Mission, and Vision

Having a mission and vision and living by a core set of values are more than mere concepts. At Covenant Village, we put these words into action daily.
In everything we do, Covenant Village is the community where people live longer… and better together.

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Our Mission

As a nonprofit Life Plan Community (continuing care retirement community), the mission of Covenant Village is to provide a community where all members live as God intended, in a culture committed to respect, compassion, safety, and possibilities.

To be the community where people live longer better…together.

How we treat each other is essential to the function, integrity, and reputation of Covenant Village. CV CARES is an acronym for the Core Values that guide our care for all who live and work at Covenant Village. The principles of CV CARES grow out of an abiding commitment to individuality, inclusiveness, family, and love.

COMMUNITY – We are stronger, smarter, healthier, better together.
VISION – We ensure the long-term vitality of aging well by having the courage to always consider possibilities.
COMPASSION – We respond to the needs of others with ethical, selfless, and person-centered care regardless of age, differences, or situation.
ACCOUNTABILITY – We remain steadfast in our trustworthiness and fairness as we make decisions and interact with each other and the public.
RESPECT – We are committed to sustaining a community where people feel welcomed, valued, and recognized as beloved children of God.
EXCELLENCE – We take pride in our Village and deliver the highest quality of care, service, hospitality, professionalism, and leadership – at all times.
SAFETY – We protect the wellbeing of our members in all facets of life: physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, intellectual, environmental, social, and purpose.

Our History

Upholding our early promises and founding principles

Covenant Village resulted from a bold solution to a community need more than 40 years ago. The Rev. Dr. James G. Stuart, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia, imagined a church-sponsored home for the elderly as part of his Doctor of Ministry project. At the time, Dr. Stuart was leading the congregation through a strategic visioning process. One of the potential initiatives on his list was the idea of a home for older adults. Dr. Stuart, along with the leadership of congregant Bill Lawson, worked to garner First Presbyterian Church’s support of this home.

Eventually, Stuart and Lawson not only won over the congregation but ten other faith communities, who recognized the need to create Covenant Village and make it as accessible as possible to older adults. The nine congregations raised more than $2.5 million, providing seed money for the initial $4.5 million project. By today’s dollars, a similar project would cost more than $20 million.

Covenant Village welcomed its first residents to apartment homes in 1982. Since then, the campus has enhanced its service to mature adults with the addition of a second apartment building, common areas, duplex cottages, life enrichment amenities, and a licensed Health Center with a dedicated memory care wing.

Over the decades, Covenant Village has continued and strengthened its relationships with these supportive faith communities. By remembering our early promises and honoring our legacy, we are currently planning to launch a visionary, opportunity-filled expansion project that will continue to realize our founder’s vision.

The Nine Original Churches


  • First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Gastonia
  • First Baptist Church, Gastonia
  • First Presbyterian Church, Belmont
  • First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia
  • First Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain
  • First Presbyterian Church, Mount Holly
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Gastonia
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Gastonia
  • First United Methodist Church, Gastonia

Other Supportive Faith Communities

  • St, Michael’s Catholic Church, Gastonia
  • Temple Emanuel, Gastonia

Leadership Team & Board

Our dedicated team is committed to providing sound leadership and exceptional service to our community.

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Dedicated Staff

Our staff works to meet our residents’ aspirations and needs with creative and compassionate professionalism. We understand that this is much more than a workplace; it’s a home. A person-centered approach helps our team respect the freedom and independence our residents desire.

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Community Involvement

Covenant Village is a charitable, not-for-profit community organized to benefit the people who live here and their families. An ecumenical group of faith communities founded us on loving God and our neighbors. We honor that intent by supporting our residents as they stay involved in meaningful projects, social causes and engage in community involvement. Our service roots run deep. Our residents have much to offer the local community, and they gain rewards from their stewardship in return.

Partnerships and Affiliations

While Covenant Village is the beginning of what’s next for you, it is also the place from which you can keep contributing to the projects, people, and causes you love and support. We believe that learning continues and giving all you can to a broader community that still needs you.

Our residents have and remain active in community organizations as members and volunteers. Some of their favorites include:


  • African American Museum of History and Culture at Loray Mill
  • AIDS Council of Gaston County
  • American Red Cross
  • Animal League of Gaston County
  • BackPack Weekend Food Program Inc
  • Belmont Community Organization
  • Belmont Historical Society
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston
  • CAMP SUNSHINE
  • Cancer Services of Gaston County
  • Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County, Inc.
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • Dream Center Academy, Inc
  • Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County
  • Gaston County Public Library
  • Gaston Choral Society
  • Gaston County Art Guild
  • Gaston County Family YMCA
  • Gaston County Museum
  • Gaston Day School
  • Gaston Hospice
  • Gaston Literacy Council, Inc.
  • Gaston School of the Arts Gaston Skills, Inc.
  • Gaston Together
  • Gastonia East Rotary Club
  • Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County, Inc.
  • Heart Society of Gaston County, Inc.
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Highland Tech PTSO
  • Holy Angels, Inc.
  • Kintegra Health
  • Least of These Carolinas
  • Mended Hearts of Gastonia
  • Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Presbyterian Weekday School
  • Robinson Elementary School
  • Rotary Club of Gastonia
  • The Rotary Community Garden of Gastonia, Inc.
  • The Schiele Museum of Natural History
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
  • United Way of Gaston County
  • Community Foundation of Gaston County
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Hear from Residents

Covenant Village provides peace of mind for our residents with the assurance of having a plan for their future.

Over the years, we’ve had so many friends move to Covenant Village. Its reputation exceeds itself. It has a strong foundation built on sound principles and the best practices.

Dr. Carlos Vargas Covenant Village Resident

We visited several communities in both Carolinas, joining one waitlist and making a deposit at another. When it came time to move, Covenant Village ‘scored’ highest in areas that were most important to us.

Stephanie Parent Covenant Village Resident

I like knowing that when the time comes, Rick and I will be well cared for. We can enjoy our children and be fully present as a family to treasure every moment together, without worry.

Glenda Gaddis Covenant Village Resident

Every day, there is the feeling that the entire staff is glad you are at Covenant.

Sarah Wentz Covenant Village Resident