NCU Students and Faculty Travel to Israel & Jordan

Date: July 8, 2013 - 8:15am

This summer, from May 13 to June 8, 2013, eleven students and four alumni joined Dr. Tracy Paino, Dean of the College of Ministry and Dr. Glen Menzies, Dean of the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies in Israel and Jordan on the 2013 Bible Lands Study Trip. The Assemblies of God’s Center for Holy Lands Studies conducts this unique educational experience to understand the Bible better within its historical and physical setting. It is an unparalleled opportunity for participants to encounter their faith where it began, in the lands of the Bible.

North Central University (NCU) partners with The Center for Holy Lands Studies (CHLS) to provide our students, alumni, and friends with an immersive and experiential biblical education that will uniquely resource their Bible study, reinforce biblical preaching and theology, and renew the faith and spiritual experience of ministers, educators, and laity.

The Bible Lands Study Trip is specifically designed for college and university students, educators, or those wanting an in-depth study experience of the biblical world. Participants study the text of Scripture within its historical, geographical, and cultural context, as well as interacting with world-renowned scholars including archaeologists and historians. On this trip students received lectures from noted experts that included Dr. Moti Aviam, Dr. Adolfo Roitman, Dr. Gabriel Barkay, Dr. Ian Stern, and noted archeologist Eli Shukron.

NCU students gain college credit by successfully completing BIBL 472-Bible Lands Seminar (3 credits). This course is a new requirement for those students in the Biblical & Theological Studies, Pastoral Studies, Evangelism & Church Planting, Children & Family Ministries, and Youth Ministries academic programs.

Participants had a chance to snorkel in the Red Sea, ride a camel through the desert in Jordan, hike through the sites at Petra, swim in the Sakne springs at the foot of Mt. Gilboa, enjoy Jeep treks through the wilderness of Bethsaida and Wadi Rum, experience water baptism in the Jordan River, take an evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, get muddy in the Dead Sea, participate in the Temple Mount sifting project, and an archeological dig in Beth Gurvin. There were so many more highlights to the trip, but you will have to ask someone who was there to tell you all about them.

Students who participated were Ian Evans, Jared Jensen, Kara Montanez, Rachelle Poppema, David Ritter, Lacey Simmons David Smiley, Chris Smith, Cole Thearin, Kymberli Tufte, and Spencer Wentland. Alumni Evan Fortunato, Jeremiah Passe, Michael Svoboda, and Austin Weaver were also able to experience this fantastic trip.

If you would like more information on how you can have a similar once in a lifetime opportunity with the CHLS, go to