Below is a list of study-travel opportunities on the horizon. These 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 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. This trip is fully booked.

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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 17-28, 2020

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, Indiana. Graduate or undergraduate credit available through Johnson University. Departures from Knoxville, Indianapolis, and Orlando are planned. Alumni and friends of Johnson University are welcome! If interested, contact me directly at markziese@gmail.com or see the link here.


MaY 24-June 7, 2020

mt everest (Engagement level: 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 9-20, 2020

Peachtree Christian Church, Atlanta, Georgia (engagement level: Pilgrimage tour)

This pilgrim group is drawn from the congregation of Peachtree Christian Church. Reverend Jarrod Longbons will lead his group on a 12-day experience to develop one of the core values of Atlanta’s historic “cathedral for the city”: “to practice an ancient faith that is still relevant to our modern day.” For pricing, brochure, and registration form, see the link here.


June 22-July 2, 2020

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

Plans are now fixed for a return trip to Israel-Palestine with New Life Christian Church. Pat Furgerson and crew bring dedicated excitement to the Land of the Bible. This trip is priced out of Washington Dulles, although other points of origin are possible. The plan is to circle the country starting in Galilee and ending in Judea. Overnights are split between Tiberias and Jerusalem. Contact me at markziese@gmail.com if you are not a part of the New Life community but would like to participate. We can make room for you.

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 fully booked.

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July 12-25, 2020

Wayne Mayers and Friends, Cincinnati, Ohio (engagement level: pilgrimage tour)

We are pursuing one of our most popular 10-day itineraries in Israel/Palestine here with an optional extension in Istanbul, Turkey. All are welcome. Additional details and online registration is available here.


October 18 - 29, 2020

Community Christian Church of Ft Lauderdale (engagement level: Pilgrimage tour)

Scott Eynon and folks are returning to the Heartland. Details TBA.

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December 29, 2020 - January 11, 2021

College Consortium (engagement level: Study-tour)

This high-energy trip is a cooperative venture with Walt Harper from Central Christian College and Tom Vollmer from Cincinnati Christian University. It will be a high-energy educational experience. Points of origin include St Louis, Cincinnati, and Knoxville. For pricing, itinerary, and other details see the brochure posted here.


March 16 - 27, 2021

Johnson University residents’ trip (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 Orlando, FL. 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 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)

Professor Jody Owens teaches courses in Congregational Ministry for Johnson University (Knoxville). His work with the Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation places him in a unique position to blend intellect and experience in the context of pilgrim travel. We are excited to have Jody aboard and hope you will join us. If you would like to be placed in this group, contact Jody directly at JOwens@JohnsonU.edu for more information. Once opened, this one will fill up fast, so don’t delay.

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June 21 - July 3, 2021

Lincoln/OMaha, NEbraska (Engagement level: Pilgrimage tour)

Details TBA

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July 2 - 13, 2021

Church of Christ, Leesburg, Virginia (Engagement level: Pilgrimage tour)

Keven Stuckey and fine folks of Leesburg are making plans to travel to Israel/Palestine. Details TBA.

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July 13-23, 2021

Shore Community Church, Auckland, New Zealand

Pastor Reuben Munn and a pleasant group of New Zealanders are making plans for a Jerusalem visit. Details TBA.

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Spring break, 2022

Johnson University Residents’ Trip (Engagement level: Pilgrimage 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 Orlando, FL. Graduate or undergraduate credit available through Johnson University. Departures from Knoxville, Indianapolis, and Orlando, Florida, are planned. Alumni and friends of Johnson University are welcome! Contact me directly at markziese@gmail.com.

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May 16-28, 2022

Jody Owens (Engagement level: pilgrimage tour)

Professor Jody Owens teaches courses in Congregational Ministry for Johnson University (Knoxville). His work with the Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation places him in a unique position to blend intellect and experience in the context of pilgrim travel. We are excited to have Jody aboard and hope you will join us. If you would like to be placed in this group, contact Jody directly at JOwens@JohnsonU.edu for more information. Once opened, this one will fill up fast, so don’t delay.

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June 4-13, 2022

First Presbyterian, South Charleston, OHio (engagement level: pilgrimage tour)

This one is in the planning stage. Details TBA. Point of origin, Dayton/Columbus, Ohio.

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June 14-25, 2022

OWENSBORO CHRISTIAN CHURCH, OWENSBORO, KENTUCKY (ENGAGEMENT LEVEL: PILGRIMAGE TOUR)

We are working with Pastor Scott Kenworthy on this one right now. Details TBA.

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March, 2022

Johnson University Residents’ Trip (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 Orlando, FL. Graduate or undergraduate credit available through Johnson University. Departures from Knoxville, Indianapolis, and Orlando, Florida, are planned. Alumni and friends of Johnson University are welcome! Contact me directly at markziese@gmail.com.


October, 2022

Scott Eynon and Community Christian Church of Ft Lauderdale (engagement level: Pilgrimage tour)

This one is cooking in the kettle. Details forthcoming.


March, 2023

Johnson University Residents’ Trip (Engagement level: Pilgrimage 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 Orlando, FL. Graduate or undergraduate credit available through Johnson University. Departures from Knoxville, Indianapolis, and Orlando, Florida, are planned. Alumni and friends of Johnson University are welcome! Contact me directly at markziese@gmail.com.


october, 2023

Scott Eynon and Community Christian Church of Ft Lauderdale (engagement level: Pilgrimage tour)

This one is cooking in the kettle. Details forthcoming.