Below is a list of teaching trips on the near horizon. These travel experiences are arranged in conjunction with trip leaders from local churches, schools, or universities. If you would like participate in one of them but are not within their immediate circle of contacts, please send me a note (markziese@gmail.com) and I will help you explore possibilities. If you are a group leader/teacher who would like to customize a program of your own, let me hear from you. Naturally, all announcements here are subject to revision and adjustment.

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March 12-23, 2019

Johnson University (Engagement level: study-tour)

This study tour to Israel-Palestine will be conducted in conjunction with a program of ministry developed for students in a residency program developed in Indianapolis, IN and Louisville, KY. Graduate or undergraduate credit available through Johnson University. Departures from Knoxville, Indianapolis, and Orlando are planned. Teaching duties will be shared with Bill Wolf and Rafael Rodriguez.

Developing biblical knowledge, camaraderie, and a sense of personal mission are priorities for our Johnson University residents' trip.

Developing biblical knowledge, camaraderie, and a sense of personal mission are priorities for our Johnson University residents' trip.


May 25-June 4, 2019

New Life Christian Church, Chantilly, Virginia (engagement level: Pilgrimage tour)

Plans are now in the works for a Pilgrimage Tour to Israel-Palestine with New Life Christian Church. Details are forthcoming. Stay tuned! 

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june 4-15, 2019

Whitewater crossing, Cleves, Ohio (engagement level: pilgrimage tour)

The Whitewater crowd is making preparations for their third visit to Israel/Palestine. Led by James Hansee, Minister of Spiritual Formation and Missions, a focused experience can be expected. For more information, contact James Hansee at jhansee@whitewatercrossing.org.

James Hansee (right) and Senior Minister David Vaughan (left) offer a healthy balance of seriousness and fun.


June 16-26, 2019

FIRST CHURCH, BURLINGTON, KENTUCKY (ENGAGEMENT LEVEL: PILGRIMAGE TOUR)

This pilgrimage tour to Israel-Palestine has Cincinnati (CVG) as its point of origin. Travelers must able to walk unassisted over uneven terrain, ride a camel (?), and be ready engage the biblical world in a fresh way. Contact the office of First Church for more information at (859) 586-4673 or email Tommy Baker at TBaker@FirstChurch.me.

Camel riding in the Negev!

Camel riding in the Negev!


june 26-july 7, 2019

New hope Christian Church, roanoke, virginia (engagement level: pilgrimage tour)

We welcome travelers from New Hope Christian Church, Roanoke, Virginia, to Israel/Palestine in summer of 2019. Seth Bryant, Lead Minister at New Hope, has big plans for this group! Interested individuals may contact the church office for pricing and details. Phone the office at (540) 774-7567 or email office@newhoperoanoke.com.

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November 12-22, 2019

Fern Creek Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky (engagement level: pilgrimage tour)

Travel veteran Craig Grammer returns to Israel/Palestine for another pilgrimage tour! Departure cities are priced from Dayton (OH) and Louisville (KY). Other departure arrangements are possible. Click the image below for itinerary. This trip is fully booked.


December 28, 2019 -Jan 6, 2020

thrive church, lake nona, florida (engagement level: Pilgrimage-tour)

Travel veteran Greg Marksberry returns to Israel/Palestine for another pilgrimage tour! Departure cities are priced from Orlando (FL) and Atlanta (GA). Other departure arrangements are possible. Seats are available. If interested contact me directly at markziese@gmail.com.

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March, 2020

trip pending - Johnson University (Engagement level: study-tour)

This study tour to Israel-Palestine will be conducted in conjunction with a program of ministry developed for students in a residency program developed in Indianapolis, IN and Louisville, KY. Graduate or undergraduate credit available through Johnson University. Departures from Knoxville, Indianapolis, and Orlando are planned. Alumni and friends of Johnson University are welcome! Contact me directly at markziese@gmail.com.

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MaY 24-June 7, 2020

mt everest (Engagement level: why yes, my dear, extreme adventure)

We’re collecting the thin-air gang from previous romps to the top of Ararat, Rainier, and Kilimanjaro to try The Big Kahuna. No, our plan is not to summit Everest. That is beyond our bush league. But we will follow the approach of Mallory and Hillary and many others to the base camp on Everest’s shoulder. It is an epic trek over 5,000 meters through arguably the most spectacular alpine region on the planet. This trip is facilitated by our friends at Kandoo Adventures and is fully booked.

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June 22-July 2, 2020

New Life Christian Church, Chantilly, Virginia (engagement level: Pilgrimage tour)

Plans are now in the works for a return trip to Israel-Palestine with New Life Christian Church. Details are forthcoming. Stay tuned! 

The Mount of Olives offers a spectacular view to the city of Jerusalem.

The Mount of Olives offers a spectacular view to the city of Jerusalem.


July 2 - 13, 2020

Mosaic christian church, elkridge, maryland (ENGAGEMENT LEVEL: PILGRIMAGE TOUR)

This pilgrimage tour with Carl Kuhl and the Mosaic family is in the works Additional details will be posted as they become available.

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Spring Break, 2021

trip pending - Johnson University (Engagement level: study-tour)

This study tour to Israel-Palestine will be conducted in conjunction with a program of ministry developed for students in a residency program developed in Indianapolis, IN and Louisville, KY. Graduate or undergraduate credit available through Johnson University. Departures from Knoxville, Indianapolis, and Orlando are planned. Alumni and friends of Johnson University are welcome! Contact me directly at markziese@gmail.com.


May 16 - 29, 2021

First Church, Burlington, Kentucky (Engagement level: Pilgrimage Tour)

This pilgrimage tour with Tommy Baker and friends from Northern Kentucky is in the works Additional details will be posted as they become available.

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may 28 - June 10, 2021

Mountainview Christian Church, Greshem, Oregon (engagement level: pilgrimage tour)

This pilgrimage tour with Craig Ziese and dear friends from the Portland area is in the works Additional details will be posted as they become available.

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June 11 - 22, 2021

Jody Owens (Engagement level: pilgrimage tour)

Details TBA

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