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Jubilee Journeys

For fifty years, EO has Changed Individual Lives, Ministries, and the Church through Christian Travel. God has showered EO with His grace over the past half a century. From our humble beginnings in the Holy Land and Edinburgh, Scotland - through world conflicts, changes in travel and communications, and a worldwide pandemic - EO has become a leader in Christian travel around the world. Now, it’s time to celebrate and thank our many hosts, guests, and partners that have come alongside us throughout the years and anticipate the next 50 years of delivering Christian Journeys of a Lifetime!

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Holy Land

Walk in the footsteps of Jesus and watch the Bible come alive in the Holy Land

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Bible Land Cruises

Cruise Paul's Journeys and the Lands of the Bible across the Mediterranean

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Journeys in the Bible Lands

From Egypt to Turkey to Greece, it's time to take a journey to all the Bible Lands.

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Church Heritage

Discover the roots of the early church on our heritage land tours

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River Cruises

Sail along the Rhine, Danube, Mostelle Rivers and more on a River Cruise.

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EOX

These small group (6-16 people) tours are a new way for you to experience the world.

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Journeys of Paul

Learn about Paul's journeys through Italy, Greece, and Turkey on our land and cruise tours.

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Fellowship Cruises

Cruise to Alaska, the Baltic Sea, Canada, the Caribbean and more

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Culture & History

Expand your worldview on a journey to a new part of the world. Meet the people, be immersed in the culture, learn from their history, taste the food, and be awed by the variety of God's creation.

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Missions

Over 80,000 people have served in over 157 countries with the help of EO

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Music

Christian Music is the expression of our faith and a witness to the world

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Land Tours

From Ireland and Scotland to Africa and India, EO can guide you around the world

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Lina Abujamra

Lina AbuJamra founded Living with Power Ministries and is a popular Bible teacher, podcaster, and conference speaker. She's also the host of a radio show and the author of several books, including Fractured Faith and her new Bible Study Through the Desert: A Study on God’s Faithfulness. Lina is a pediatric ER doctor who practices telemedicine, and in her “spare” time, she provides medical care and humanitarian help to Syrian refugees and others in disaster areas. Learn more about her at LivingWithPower.org.

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Rev. Jorge Acevedo

Jorge Acevedo loves Jesus Christ and his Church. Touched by the grace of God at seventeen and rescued from a life of addictions, his greatest delight is connecting people to Jesus and the Church. He is married to Cheryl Montgomery. His son, Daniel, is married to Courtney and they have 4 children. Jorge and Cheryl also have a younger son, Nathan. Jorge is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in SW Florida. In August 2023, he will step away from the church to begin a coaching, consulting, writing, and speaking ministry. Jorge has authored or co-authored six books and has received numerous awards for ministry and evangelism.

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Bob Allums

Bob Allums (M.Div), Director of A Praying Life Ministries for seeJesus, has taught over 100 A Praying Life seminars around the world. Bob is also a co-presenter, along with Paul Miller, on seeJesus’ Launch Into Prayer Cards course. Prior, he served in pastoral ministry for 14 years. Anyone who has worked, worshipped, or even been in the same room with Bob for long knows that his one-of-a-kind laugh is nearly 100% contagious. Bob and his wife, Helen, have three married children and three grandchildren and live in central Florida.
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Rurel & Lisa Ausley

Rurel and Lisa Ausley met in seminary and graduated at the top of …. one others’ hearts. They are both pastors and have served together in ministry for over 40 years – the last 25 in Niceville, FL. Rurel, as lead pastor, grew Crosspoint from 1 to 6 campuses and 16 worship services a Sunday. They also built over 165 churches in the Congo (DRC). Now, he’s retired to “focused ministries” like discipling Congolese pastors. Lisa’s mission heart has been filled by serving on the Board of One Mission Society for 30 years. She also serves on the Asbury University Board of Trustees. She helped launch and serves the 2nd campus of Crosspoint. Raising 3 sons (Matthew, Andrew and Luke) was worth it, especially now that 3 girls and 5 littles are part of the story.
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Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

Journey Through the Bible Speaker January 4 - 14, 2024

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Gary M. Burge

After 35 years teaching in liberal arts colleges (most recently Wheaton College in Chicago), Gary Burge joined Calvin Seminary in 2017 as a Professor of the New Testament. He specializes in the gospels and the ancient cultural context that shaped them. He is a frequent visitor to the Middle East, having served in eight of its countries, and has led students through the Holy Land over 25 times. He studied at The Univ. of California (BA), The American University of Beirut, Fuller Seminary (MDiv), and Aberdeen Univ., Scotland (PhD). He has authored many books and articles on the New Testament and the conflicts in Israel/Palestine. His textbook, The New Testament in Antiquity, is used widely in American colleges, and his commentaries are regularly utilized by pastors today.

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Dr. David Buegler

Dr. David Buegler has extensive ministry experience serving parishes in Ohio and Michigan, as Superintendent of the Lutheran High Schools in Cleveland. He was Ohio District President for several years and served also as a Vice-President for the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. He is known for his leadership skills and motivational speaking. He will go back 500 years to the Protestant and Lutheran Reformation and relate the church from that time to the challenges of being the church today.  These are glorious days of modern reformation. “God used both cultures to accomplish His mission.”

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Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

Jaime Clark-Soles is Professor of New Testament and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She earned her Ph.D. in New Testament from Yale University. Among her areas of expertise are Women in the Bible and Immersion trips to Israel and Palestine. She speaks and writes widely for academic and popular audiences including contributions to Feasting on the Word, Disciple Bible Study, and Covenant Bible Study. She is the author of numerous books including Women in the Bible (WJK, 2020). Jaime served as the New Testament editor of the CEB Women's Bible. 

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Jim & Jen Cowart

Jim and Jen Cowart launched Harvest Church in Middle Georgia in 2000. Since then, over 4000 people have received Christ, and Harvest has grown into a vibrant body of Christ. The Cowarts have authored many books including Messy People, The One, Fierce, and Leading from Horseback. They love travel and experiencing new cultures and meeting new friends around the world. 

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Dr. David deSilva

A popular speaker on several of our cruises, David serves as Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary.  He has authored thirty-five books, including Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture (2nd ed., 2022), Discovering Revelation (2021), A Week in the Life of Ephesus (2020), Introducing the Apocrypha (2nd ed., 2018), a widely-used Introduction to the New Testament (2nd ed., 2018), and commentaries on Galatians, Ephesians, and Hebrews.  He is also a frequent contributor to adult curriculum and study Bibles.

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Rev. Brian Erickson

Rev. Brian Erickson is Senior Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL. Previously he served First UMC in Alabaster, AL, during a period of significant growth in membership and missions outreach. He was also chaplain at two United Methodist universities, where he taught classes in Wesleyan theology, Christian liturgy, and led service-learning classes to Harlem and Chile. Brian has degrees from Birmingham-Southern College and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. 

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Dawn Hand

The Rev. Dawn Hand, an ordained elder of The United Methodist Church, currently serves as Central Maryland District Superintendent. She held other roles at the Western North Carolina Conference and served in local parishes in NC and Washington, DC. She is a prominent advocate for social justice and has a special passion for young people. Dawn enjoys travel, music, sports, hiking, and cycling and has an adventurous appetite for food. She loves to laugh and suggests that God has a wonderful sense of humor for calling her to ordained ministry.

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Dr. Craig C. Hill

Dr. Craig C. Hill is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology. Previously he was on the faculty at Duke Divinity School and Wesley Theological Seminary. Dean Hill served as Chaplain at Christ Church College, University of Oxford and has been on staff at three United Methodist Churches. Dean Hill is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and books.

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Brian Kneser

The Rev. Dr. Brian Kneser has been an ordained pastor for over 40 years. He resides in Lakeland, FL with his wife Debbie. He received his MDiv from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, and DMin from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Kneser served as a Circuit Visitor and Vice President of the FL-GA District and on its Board of Directors. While pastor of a unique congregation near Orlando, FL, he served on the faculty of Concordia House of Studies as an Adjunct Professor of Old Testament. During this cruise, he will reflect upon concepts of the Reformation and apply them to the life of a Christian today. His guiding motto: “It’s Still All About Jesus!” 

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Rev. Paul Knight

Rev. Paul Knight has served Hope Church - Grand Forks, ND for 32 years. In that time, the church has grown from 50 people per week to over 1,000. He has also served in denominational leadership for the Evangelical Covenant Church. Paul is part of a weekly radio show and “loves being able to answer real questions and to consistently bring up the reality of Jesus’ love.” Pastor Paul is a pastor/evangelist at heart with a love for Jesus Christ, his people, and the Church. He and his wife Bonnie have three adult children and three grandchildren. 

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John F. Kutsko

John F. Kutsko is the executive director of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). He holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and an MA from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan. He is also an affiliate professor of biblical studies at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He has taught writing and publishing workshops for the Forum for Theological Exploration, is a consultant for the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA), and is on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of General Education and Biblical Archaeology Review.

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Babbie Masion

Babbie Mason is an award-winning singer, songwriter, author and speaker. The recipient of 2 Dove Awards and numerous nominations for the Dove, The Grammy, The Stellar and The Emmy Award, Babbie’s melodious voice is a mainstay on Christian radio, television, internet and the silver screen. She has recorded 26 solo projects, authored 9 books, and written countless chart-topping Gospel and Christian songs. Babbie pours into the lives of the next generation of songwriters, music artists and entrepreneurs as an instructor at several Christian colleges and universities. She hosts Babbie’s House on TV and an internet radio station – www.babbiemasonradio.com. 

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Rev. Dr. Gary Mason

Rev. Dr. Gary Mason is a Methodist minister and directs a conflict organisation based in Belfast called "Rethinking Conflict." Prior to this, he spent 27 years as a Methodist clergy person in parish ministry in Belfast and has played an integral role in the Northern Irish peace process. He had a key role in establishing the Skainos project which is a world class urban centre developed in a post conflict society as a model of co-existence and shared space. It is acknowledged as the largest faith-based redevelopment project in Western Europe. Mason is a close advisor to Protestant ex-combatants on the civilianisation efforts of paramilitaries. He was instrumental in facilitating negotiations with paramilitaries and government officials in Northern Ireland, and in 2007 his contribution was formally recognised by the Queen. 

In 2009, Mason’s church was the stage from which Loyalist paramilitaries announced their weapons decommissioning. Mason has lectured in political and academic forums throughout Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and the U.S.A. on lessons from the Irish peace process. He has been interviewed on CNN, BBC, ITV and various radio programs. He holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Ulster, completed his theological studies at Queens University and has a Bachelor’s in Business Studies from the University of Ulster. Gary is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University in Ireland. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, lecturing on reconciliation, peace building and the history of the Northern Ireland conflict, racism, sectarianism and conflict transformation. Gary is a faculty advisor and partner to the Negotiation Strategies Institute a Harvard University programme on negotiation.

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Carolyn Moore

Carolyn Moore is the founding and lead pastor of Mosaic Church in Evans, Georgia. She is also the author of several Bible studies, and two books. As a founding member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (serving as both Chair and Vice-chair), she has been deeply involved with the formation of the Global Methodist Church. Carolyn and her son-in-law co-host a podcast called The Art of Holiness, bringing conversations about supernatural ministry, practical holiness and intergenerational encouragement into the church. She is happily married to Steve Moore, a retired high school history teacher.
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The Rev. Dr. Brett Opalinski

The Rev. Dr. Brett serves at Candler School of Theology as Assistant Dean of Methodist Studies and assistant Professor – Practice of Spiritual Formation & Church Leadership. He is an ordained United Methodist Elder and served in local churches for over twenty years. He is a graduate of Candler and Iliff School of Theology/University of Denver. He is committed to helping local churches (and The Church) engage the world in a way that makes the Kingdom of God visible. His research interests include Methodist history/theology, Monasticism, Celtic Christianity, Contemplative Spirituality, and New Monastic expressions of church community.

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Bishop Ricardo Pereira Díaz

Bishop Ricardo Pereira Díaz was born on June 9, 1956, in Rancho Veloz, Las Villas, Cuba, which is currently known as the Villa Clara province. He grew up in Potrerillo, Holguin province, where he attended primary school. He attended a junior high school in Rafael Freyre, Holguin province, and the High School in Camagüey province, where he began working as an Assistant Pastor. He received his theological education through the courses provided by the Cuban Annual Conference. He got a Bachelor's degree in Theology; he was granted a PhD and a Doctorate of Divinity at the Latin American College in Miami Headquarters.

Bishop Pereira began working as an Assistant Pastor in 1973 in Camagüey. He was first appointed Pastor of the Cuban Annual Conference in 1975 in Las Tunas province. He served in Las Tunas, Pilon, and Niquero, which are in the eastern region of Cuba, and later served as Assistant to Bishop Armando Rodriguez in El Vedado, Havana. He worked as a District Superintendent in Pinar del Rio for twelve years. During his faith journey, he served as President of the National Youth and the National Methodist Men´s organization. He chaired the Evangelism Area for the Conference and the Discipleship. He was elected Bishop in March 1999. Currently, he is the Senior Pastor of the Methodist Church in Marianao, Havana, the largest church in the Conference with 3700 members. The Methodist Church in Cuba has been growing by 5 to 10 percent annually. New missions and churches have been opened in municipalities and territories where there was no presence of the Methodist Church. Under Bishop Pereira’s leadership, the Methodist Church has impacted on all the provinces and municipalities with the Gospel, having either a church or a mission. Likewise, from 1999 to date, the Church has grown from 98 pastoral positions to 545 and from 8,000 to 57,371 members.

Bishop Pereira is married to Pastor Maritza Proenza Ortega, who currently serves as the vice president of the Cuban Methodist Women’s Ministry. They have two sons, Ricardo Pereira Jr. and Yosvany Pereira, who are both pastors.

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Rev. Phil Print

Rev. Phil Print is the Lead Pastor of Crossroads Church in MN - a multi-site church with 4 campuses, 45 staff members, and over 3,000 attendees.  More importantly, he’s a husband, father, grandfather, and follower of Jesus.  Phil is a graduate of Bethel University and Denver Seminary. Phil has been an adjunct professor in the preaching department at Bethel Seminary for 12 years. He enjoys pickleball, fishing, hanging out at coffee shops, and turning people on to God, His Church, and His Word.

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The Rev. C.K. "Chuck" Robertson

The Rev. C.K. “Chuck” Robertson is an internationally respected speaker and past EO Guest Speaker. He is a visiting professor at various seminaries, and senior review leader for Paul’s epistles for the recently completed NRSV Updated Edition of the Bible. He travels the world in his work for The Episcopal Church. Chuck has written many books including Barnabas vs. Paul, Conversations with Scripture: Acts of the Apostles, and Jesus & Paul: Global Perspectives, as well as books on religion and popular culture, including Theology & Batman. He is also producer of the recent documentary, A Case for Love.

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Rev. Tim Runtsch

Tim Runtsch has served as Senior Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Fort Collins, Colorado, since July of 1990. The church has grown from just 21 people to over 3,000 since he was assigned there as a mission planter. He also serves as a member of the Lutheran World Relief/Corus Inter Board of Directors and as the current chair of the network of larger LCMS congregations. Tim travels regularly to Ethiopia to offer training to pastors. He is husband to Ann and dad to Elisa (21) and Micah (18). He is a Broncos and Rockies fan, travel junkie, and a budding oenologist (look it up in the dictionary!). He loves life and ministry in Colorado!
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Rick Rusaw

Rick Rusaw serves as President of Spire Network, whose mission is to encourage and equip ministry leaders. Previously, he served as Lead Pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, CO for 28 years. He is the author of three books. Rick has a passion to help churches see beyond themselves and engaging their communities. He and his wife Diane are avid worldwide travelers. 

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Mark & Carla Scott

Dr. Mark Scott serves as the Lead Minister of the Park Plaza Christian Church in Joplin, MO and Professor at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO OCC). Previously, he was Academic Dean at OCC and served churches in MO, CO, IL, and IA. He has degrees from OCC, Lincoln Christian Seminary, and Denver Seminary. Mark has authored numerous books and is a weekly contributor to Christian Standard. In addition to speaking at events around the country, Mark has traveled to 4 continents for ministry and enrichment. Mark and his wife Carla have 4 children, 16 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
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Rev. Dr. Gregory P. Seltz

Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz is the Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, DC.  Previously, he was the Speaker of The Lutheran Hour radio program with over 1 million listeners across North America. He has also served at Concordia University Irvine, Life's Journey Ministries and in congregations in New York city, Dallas and Tampa.

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Rebekah Simon-Peter

Rebekah is passionate about reconnecting spiritual leaders with their God-given powers to co-create miracles with the divine. Her award-winning group coaching program, creating a Culture of Renewal® has energized church leaders across the country to reclaim their calling and to grow their ministries. Known for teaching leaders how to bring out the best in the people who frustrate them the most, her work transforms church leaders and the congregations they serve.

Rebekah is the author of Forging a New Path: Moving the Church Forward in a Post-Pandemic World, Dream Like Jesus®, The Jew Named Jesus, Green Church, Green Church Leader Guide, and 7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church.

A dynamic speaker, Rebekah has engaged and challenged audiences around the country. When she’s not on the road, you can find her on the hiking trail with her dog Beau or concocting in the kitchen with her wonderful husband Jerry Gonzales.

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Lester and Janeese Spencer

Dr. Lester Spencer is Lead Pastor at St. James Church in Montgomery, AL (until September 1, 2023)  and is also President Pro Tem of the Alabama Emerald Coast Conference of the GMC. Lester also served other large churches in AL and FL after earning degrees at Auburn University and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Lester has served or currently serves as President and on the Board of Directors of various ministry and mission organizations and has traveled extensively around the world.

Janeese Spencer is the CEO and Founder of Venture Life Coaching. She is an Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team as well as an ordained deacon (soon to be elder) in the GMC. She has over 30 years of experience speaking at conferences and retreats around the southeast. Janeese also writes and teaches Bible studies.

Lester and Janeese, have been married over 30 years and have 3 children and a son-in-law.

 

 

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Brad Strait

Rev. Dr. Brad Strait loves people – a hyper-extrovert who gets recharged hanging out with people. He is a global-hearted shepherd and loves traveling. He has studied, learned from, worked among, and laughed with people all over the world. Brad serves as Lead Pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colorado, and was Moderator of the 41st Evangelical Presbyterian Church General Assembly in 2022. He also teaches at Denver Seminary. He has also served as a Chaplain for fire and police departments and the Colorado House of Representatives.

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Clark Tanner

Clark is an Executive Regional Director of PastorServe. Previously, he led a mega-church for many years. His mission is to engage, equip, encourage and ignite pastors to become the leader God designed them to be. Clark conducts leadership seminars that coach and equip church leaders. He also loves helping redirect churches that have lost their focus and passion. Another focus area is succession planning for the local church. Clark and his wife, Glennie, enjoy sharing ministry together and live in Portland, OR.

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Rev. Matt Tuggle

Matt  serves as an Executive Minister at Highland Park UMC in Dallas, Texas where he leads HPUMC’s contemporary worship community, Cornerstone.  Matt is known as a gifted preacher and teacher, with a passion for helping people engage with the bible and a conversational style that helps people connect with his messages. Previously, he served churches in Georgia and Virginia. Prior to being in ministry, Matt worked in special education and as a nature guide. Matt is married to Amy and they have three children. Matt spends most of his time with his family or congregation, but also enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and reading.

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Amy Van Dyke

Amy Van Dyke, Lead Curator of Art & Exhibitions at the Museum of the Bible, has training and degrees in art history, secondary education, and museum studies. She has taught various courses in art, art history, and world history. She also developed and wrote a school-wide art curriculum. Amy has given several lectures, including “Biblical Art and Theology: How Artists Influence our Understanding of the Bible” and “How to Illustrate God: The Difficulty in Depicting the Divine.” Since joining Museum of the Bible in 2012, Amy has coordinated, written, or assisted with over 50 exhibitions. Her current work as lead curator of art and exhibitions involves developing content, coordinating and curating exhibitions, and researching, lecturing, and curating the art within the museum collections.

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Rev. Magrey deVega

Magrey deVega is the senior pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. He is the author of eleven books, most recently The Bible Year: a Journey through Scripture in 365 Days and Questions Jesus Asked: A Six-Week Study in the Gospels, both by Abingdon Press. He has been the featured speaker and workshop presenter at conferences nationwide and is the proud father of two college-aged children who share his love for reading, Marvel movies, and live theater.

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Laceye Warner

Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner is the Royce and Jane Reynolds Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies and Associate Dean for Wesleyan Engagement at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, NC. She earned her Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Trinity College, University of Bristol, U.K. Among her areas of expertise are women in church history and practices of Christian mission and discipleship. Warner is the author of numerous books and articles. Dr. Warner lives in Texas on a farm with her husband and daughter, where they care for a variety of creatures. She is also a licensed flower farmer and enjoys cultivating sustainably grown flowers for their local church and community.

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Phil Young

Pastor Phil Young currently serves as the Mature Adult Pastor at Lakes Church in Lakeland Florida. Having served in ministry for 45 years, Pastor Phil holds a Masters of Pastoral Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. As well as serving churches in Florida, Pastor Phil is a native of New York State and has served churches in New England and done mission work in Canada so he brings a unique faith perspective to people of the region. Plan to join him as he takes an in depth look at Paul's letter to the Colossians and how it relates to this region that was the birthplace of the Great Awakening of the 18th Century. Pastor Phil and his wife Janet have been married 42 years, reside in Lakeland and have 5 married children and 18 grandchildren.

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