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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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Church Heritage

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

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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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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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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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Fellowship & Retreat Cruises

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

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Domestic Journeys

EO can guide you around the United States of America.

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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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Leisure Travel

No matter the reason, let EO Leisure help you get away!

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Music

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

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Land Journeys

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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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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Rev. Dr. Michael Beck

Rev Dr Michael is Co-Pastor of Compassion UMC and St Marks UMC alongside his wife, Jill. He is also a professor, coach, planter, and author of 13 books. Michael is the Director of the Fresh Expressions House of Studies at United Theological Seminary, Director of Fresh Expressions for the Florida Conference, and Director of Fresh Expressions for the United Methodist Church. The Becks lead traditional congregations alongside a network of fresh expressions that gather in tattoo parlors, dog parks, salons, running tracks, community centers, burrito joints, EV charging stations, and digital spaces. Michael earned a Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary Orlando and a Doctorate in Semiotics and Future Studies at Portland Seminary with his mentor Leonard Sweet. He teaches as an adjunct professor at several United Methodist seminaries and is a global thought leader in Fresh Expressions and the missional church. 

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Rev. Jill Beck

Rev Jill Beck is Co-Pastor of Compassion UMC and St Marks UMC alongside her husband, Michael. She enjoys serving in the local church and believes it is God’s primary instrument for the healing of the world. She is a church planter, a cultivator of new ministries, and has a heart for the oppressed, the marginalized, and those struggling with addiction. Jill is the Director of Open Arms Village, a holistic women's sober housing program. While pastoring both inherited congregations and a network of fresh expressions, Jill serves her blended family of 8 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 pugs.

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The Venerable Father Mike Besson

Mike has served as Archdeacon for 5 years and arrived in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas after serving as a parish priest in the Diocese of Texas; he has been ordained since 2004. Mike has been married to his wife Ellen for 32 years and they have an adopted son, Lorenzo, who is 16 years old. They live in San Antonio. In 2013, Mike traveled to the Holy Land, which he counts as a life-changing experience. Seeing the scriptures come to life and visiting places he had previously only read about enabled him to understand the Bible in an entirely different way. Mike looks forward to traveling to the places associated with the Apostle Paul to experience the beauty of the area and to see the scriptures come to life again!

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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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Cory and Deb Burma

Cory and Deb Burma are gifted speakers with a passion for sharing Jesus and engaging people in God’s Word. Lifelong learners they have a special interest in the apostle Paul’s travels and inspired letters. Cory holds an M.Div. in Theology from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He has served in pastoral ministry for over 20 years, leading congregations in Wisconsin and Nebraska. Deb is an international speaker, a Bible study author for Concordia Publishing House, and a past EO guest speaker. They are blessed with three married children and one new granddaughter. The Burmas make their home in Columbus, Nebraska.

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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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Sara Crump

Sara Crump, interior designer, floral designer, artist, and speaker has worked in the design field for over 40 years. Her love of beauty has expressed itself in all aspects of her life. She provides insight into creating a lifestyle surrounded by design, flowers, art, entertaining and travel.

Sara Crump resides in Richmond, Virginia. Originally from Mississippi, She was recognized early for her artistic ability. Her love of art has continued throughout her life.

Sara studied at The University of Mississippi, The University of Maryland (BS degree in Interior Design), and privately. Sara’s love of travel has greatly influenced her art, with many of her paintings created on location in Israel and Europe. She is a member of the Virginia Plein Aire Painters and enjoys painting with other local artists.

She spends her time traveling, creating, volunteering and enjoying a close group of friends and family – especially her 3 daughters and their families. In 2023 & 2024, Sara was selected as a Richmond designer for Spring Tablescapes Showcase to benefit Little Hands Virginia. She is a member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Council where she serves on the Hirschler Flower committee, works as an Ambassador, is a Council Photographer and serves on the New Member Orientation committee. Sara is a member of First Presbyterian Church and previously served as an ordained Deacon for 2 Presbyterian churches. She serves on the Flower Guild and is chair of the FPC Art Show. She is a member of the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club where she serves on the interior design committee and is a Co-Chair of the flower committee.

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an award-winning author of several books including bestseller Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity. She is a board-certified internal medicine physician, work-life integration researcher, international speaker, and host of the I Choose My Best Life Podcast. She transparently shares how her past pain has been redeemed through the practical application of God's word.

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Brian Ebel

Brian Ebel began his career in business before hearing and heeding the call to ministry. He and his wife, Mandy, are Michigan natives who moved to Kentucky in 2002. Their children are Sarah, Margaret, and Luke. Brian has a B.S.B.A. from Aquinas College, an M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Theology from the London School of Theology. Brian has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Theology and Preaching at Asbury Theological since 2012. Brian and Mandy have served churches of every shape and size, and they focus their ministry toward making learning enjoyable, making new ministries and opportunities exciting, and transforming local churches. This is Brian and Mandy’s fourth trip with EO, and they remarked, “We love to see the truths of Scripture come alive for people as the Holy Spirit opens their eyes to the fact that real events happened in these real places, to really change the world.” Brian is currently the Senior Pastor of St. Luke Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He has been serving at St. Luke since 2019.

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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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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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Dr. Todd Lake & Dr. Joy Jordan Lake

Dr. Todd Lake is VP for Faith-Based Engagement & Church Relations at Belmont University, Nashville. Previously, he served as Dean of Chapel and Dean for University Life at Baylor University. He has a degree in German Studies from Harvard and in Theology from Boston College, and has lived and studied in Germany. Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake is a best-selling author of historical fiction. She and her husband, Todd, have Master of Divinity degrees and served as co-pastors of an interracial church in Cambridge, MA, and as chaplains at Harvard, in addition to teaching at several universities.

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Bishop Gary Lillibridge

Bishop Lillibridge served as the Ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, based in San Antonio, from 2004 until his retirement in 2017. In addition to his work in West Texas, he has served on several boards and commissions of The Episcopal Church. He was appointed to a leadership role by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Bishops, which consisted of 800 Anglican Bishops from around the globe. He also served as an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of the South in Tennessee. His undergraduate degree is in education (1978), which has resulted in a life-long devotion to education and formation. He is a popular and thoughtful speaker and teacher, and assists with the teaching ministry of St. Benedict’s Workshop as one of his many interests in retirement. He and his wife, Catherine, live in San Antonio and spend much of the summer in Maine, where he serves as clergy-in-residence for a seasonal chapel.

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Bishop Emeritus Mike Lowry

John Michael (“Mike”) Mike Lowry was raised in Northern Illinois and graduated from Taipei American School in 1968. Mike began his ministry with the Society of Friends (Quakers) sharing in pastoral leadership for Rich Square Friends Meeting in the Spring of 1972 while a student at Earlham College. He graduated from Earlham in 1972 with B. A. in Political Science and Religion. He earned his Masters in Theology (M. Div.) from Perkins School of Theology in 1976. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1985.

Mike and Jolynn married in 1976 and will celebrate their 48th anniversary in August of 2024. They have a son Nathan & daughter-in-law Abigail and grandsons Simon and Adam; daughter Sarah & son-in-law Steven and grandchildren Grace and Sam.

Mike was elected to the episcopacy of the United Methodist Church at the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in July, 2008. He served for 13 & ½ years as the Resident Bishop of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. During his tenure Bishop Lowry served the larger connection of The United Methodist Church on the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops (2012-2016), Presiding Bishop for Path One New Church Development (Discipleship Ministries 2009-2016), and President of the South-Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops (2010-2011). He has provided leadership on a variety of institutional boards including serving as a member of the United Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, the United Methodist Publishing House Board of Directors, the Texas Methodist Foundation Board, the Texas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, the Texas Health Resources Board of Directors along with service on the Perkins School of Theology, S. M. U. Executive Board, the Board of Trustees for Southwestern University, and the Methodist Children’s Home Board of Trustees.

At the time of his election and consecration as bishop in July 2008, he was serving as executive director of New Church Development and Transformation in the Southwest Texas Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to that, he was senior pastor at University United Methodist Church in San Antonio which grew from 4,800 to 5,700 members during his tenure. His previous appointments include United Methodist Churches in Austin, Corpus Christi, Harlingen and Kerrville and, while a student, serving Plymouth Park in Irving, Texas. He has held numerous offices including Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry.

Bishop Lowry was awarded the B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics by Perkins School of Theology (1976) and the Harry Denman Evangelism Award from the Central Texas Conference-Foundation for Evangelism (2015). Churches under his leadership have received numerous awards and recognitions including the Habitat for Humanity Award (2004), the President’s Award from Huston-Tillotson University (2004), the Churchmanship Award from the San Antonio Community of Churches (2003) and the Moore Award Evangelism Award three times.

Upon retirement January 1, 2022, Bishop Lowry became the Bishop in Residence at United Theological Seminary and later Bishop Emeritus at Large. He currently serves United as a member of the Board of Trustees and an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Ministry program. Upon retirement he and his wife Jolynn moved to the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia to be near family.

Mike Lowry joined the Global Methodist Church as its first bishop upon the inception of the GMC as Bishop Emeritus. He served on the Transitional Leadership Council of the Global Methodist Church until September, 2023. With Jeff Greenway he co-authored the Multiplying Methodism: A Bold Witness of Wesleyan Faith at the Dawn of the Global Methodist Church. Additionally, he has written numerous articles and chapters for various books. Mike retains his deep passion for Christ and for the transformation of the church as mission post of the advancing Kingdom of God.

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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 Gregory Palmer

Bishop Gregory Palmer is a long-time friend of and traveler with EO Tours. He is a dynamic and engaging speaker who will inspire you in your Christian walk. He has served in United Methodist congregations and Conference appointments from Iowa to North Carolina. He was president of the General Board of Higher Education and, from 2008-2010, was president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church. Since 2012, he has led the Ohio West Area of The United Methodist Church. He has been married to Cynthia for over 40 years and they have 2 children. They enjoy cruising and look forward to being with us on this river cruise. 

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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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Callie Picardo

Callie Picardo is an author, preacher, teacher, and encourager. She loves the Lord and has a passion for prayer, discipleship, and generosity. She currently serves as Vice President for Development at United Theological Seminary, on the preaching team of Mosaic Church, and as President and Founder of Deep Roots Financial Coaching. She holds a BA in Business from Rhodes College, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries from United Theological Seminary, and is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry degree. She and her husband Rosario co-host The Better Together Podcast with Callie and Rosario Picardo, have co-authored two books, and are navigating parenthood with three young girls.

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Rosario “Roz” Picardo

Roz, a first-generation Sicilian-American from western New York, has an extensive educational background, including a BA in Religion from Houghton College (2003), a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary (2007), a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary (2014), and an MBA from Dakota Wesleyan University (2021). He began his ministry as a military chaplain in his senior year of college, serving in both the Marine and Navy Reserves. Roz has dedicated his career to the local church, taking on various roles from custodian to executive pastor, notably at Ginghamsburg Church and as a founding pastor of Mosaic, a multicultural church in Dayton, Ohio. Beyond pastoral work, Roz is a national speaker, author of 9 books, leads Picardo Coaching LLC for church planters/pastors, and contributes as a faculty consultant and affiliate faculty member in United’s Doctor of Ministry program.

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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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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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Bishop Connie Shelton

Bishop Connie Mitchell Shelton was elected to the episcopacy on November 2, 2022. Her assignment as Resident Bishop, Raleigh Episcopal Area, North Carolina Conference, commenced January 1, 2023.

Bishop Shelton encourages congregations to stay on mission! Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world is the mission that tethers us to the way of Jesus. Discipleship begins and ends in relationship with the Triune God and one another. Connecting, inspiring, collaborating, and discerning are values Bishop Shelton upholds for the people called United Methodists in eastern North Carolina. Claiming Wesleyan theology and practice, Bishop Shelton envisions disciples joining God's transformational work of peace-building in every community.

Bishop Shelton's experience includes pastoral appointments in rural, urban, small, medium, and large membership churches in Mississippi, executive director of The United Methodist Hour radio and television ministry of the Mississippi Conference, director of Field Education at Duke Divinity School, director of Connectional Ministries of the Mississippi Conference, and as a District Superintendent.

Her immediate family includes her husband of 37 years, Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton, and their two adult daughters, Bailey and Jessica. The Shelton’s delight in an expansive family, both genetic and through baptism

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Daniel V. Speckhard

Daniel V. Speckhard is the president & CEO of Corus International, an ensemble of humanitarian and social impact organizations including Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health.

A former U.S. Ambassador to Greece and Belarus, Daniel has had a long and distinguished career in government service under both Republican and Democratic administrations. Daniel's previous positions have included serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO where he coordinated bringing seven new members into NATO and strengthened relations with Ukraine, Russia, China, Japan, and the Middle East. He was awarded a service medal for his crisis management work supporting peace in the Balkans. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Iraq during the heightened fighting, surge in U.S. forces, and the largest reconstruction effort since the Marshall Plan. He also served as a senior advisor to Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley company at the forefront of using technology to drive innovative change across the government, commercial, and non-profit sectors.

Recognized as a visionary and experienced problem solver in the international development and humanitarian space, he has brought innovative approaches to the complex and interrelated challenges of poverty, health, and the environment in fragile and insecure settings. He has deep experience working at the nexus of economic development, international security, and political change, particularly in support of people experiencing poverty and marginalization. In the wider policy arena, he served as a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution and a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Future Europe Initiative and Eurasia Center. He currently serves as a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) within the Project on Prosperity and Development program

Daniel has a master’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in public policy and administration, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and started his career in government as a Presidential Management Fellow.

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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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Rev. Dr. 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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Georgiana Timofte

Georgiana Timofte, since seven years old, has dreamed of traveling the world and immersing herself in different cultures. At 16 her dream became reality. Now, she has over 20 years experience in the travel industry and has worked with EO for over 8 years. Born in Romania and raised in Italy, her multicultural background has fueled her passion for exploring new places and meeting people from all walks of life, while constantly discovering new horizons.

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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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