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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November 19-29, 2018

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

Plans are now in the works for a late-fall Pilgrimage Tour to Israel-Palestine with New Life Christian Church. Temperatures will be cooler this time of year. Details are forthcoming. Stay tuned! 

  Bethlehem rides high above the wilderness.

Bethlehem rides high above the wilderness.


January 8-16, 2019

Jesus Trail (engagement level: extreme adventure)

This 8-day journey in Israel-Palestine features a hike across Lower Galilee. It is designed for intrepid travelers who desire a more intimate and focused view to the land featured in the gospel narrative. Travelers must able to walk for distances up to 10 miles per day carrying a small pack. Vehicle support is provided and will return the group each night to a hotel. Interested parties should contact me directly at markziese@gmail.com. The trip is priced from JFK in New York at $2,588. Clink the link here or the picture below for itinerary.

  A crisp winter morning in Galilee is the perfect time to walk.

A crisp winter morning in Galilee is the perfect time to walk.


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 19-june 4, 2019

northwest christian university - eugene, oregon (Engagement level: College study-tour)

This 17-day trip for students and friends of Northwest Christian University highlights the geography, archaeology, and culture of Israel/Palestine. Designed with young legs in mind, it features several challenging hikes including the Jesus Trail across Galilee.

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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)

Seth Bryant, Lead Minister at New Hope, is planning a venture to Israel/Palestine. We are working to develop an itinerary in alignment with the ministry goals of team. Dates are reserved; details are forthcoming.

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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. Contact me directly for other details at markziese@gmail.com.


December 28, 2019 -Jan 6, 2020

Trip pending - 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. Contact me directly for other details 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. This trip is fully booked.

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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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