experience God as you travel through the lands of the bible
How are we different?
When you travel with the Center for Holy Lands Studies (CHLS), it's not just a trip - it's an experience! Not only will you get amazing photo ops to fill your scrapbook, you'll also discover a deeper understanding of what was said in the Bible and what the authors meant by it.
Every tour is hosted by a highly qualified tour guide, and a Bible teacher or ministry leader. Together, these guides bring the Bible to life right before your eyes as you visit authentic historical sites and explore them through the four-part CHLS approach:
Culture - Discover, in original context, how the culture and language of the biblical story are interwoven in ancient society and daily life.
History - Find out what was said and done, and what was meant by it, in the biblical and historical context.
Land - See geographic landscapes come to life, allowing the land to have its own narrative in Scripture and the biblical story, and is as much a character itself as any person in the text.
Spirit - Explore the common beliefs of the biblical time period, and how the spiritual climate impacts our understanding of the story.
Amy grew up in Lynden, Washington. She attended Calvin College receiving a BA in Biblical Studies and Theology. After finishing college in 1997, she moved to Jerusalem, Israel, to attend Jerusalem University College. While there she pursued her MA at Jerusalem University College. Her area of study was in New Testament Backgrounds/Jewish History of the Second Temple Period. Amy lived in Israel for a total of 6 years, and two of their three children were born while living in Israel. After living in Israel, she moved with her family to Belgium where she taught classes at Continental Theological Seminary. After departing Continental, she moved to Springfield, Missouri, where she now works full time for the Center for Holy Lands Studies as the Director.
Programs and Project Manager
Trina was born in Fridley, Minnesota, but lived in Arizona and California during her early years. She is an alumnus of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA and brings over 12 years of event planning and management experience to our team. Traveling and experiencing other countries and cultures is a deep passion of Trina's. Prior to joining our team, she was privileged to be in the Holy Lands twice, which sparked a love for the land and a passion for providing people with the opportunity to experience the places of the Bible for themselves.
Linda was born into a Pastor’s home in Springfield MO. She grew up in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Linda met and married her husband Jamie in Lubbock TX. Linda and Jamie have two grown children and 20 years of experience in Pastoral ministry. They have pastored in Missouri, Iowa and Kansas. Linda loves spending time with family, shopping, and being with people. Linda was taught from a young age the great importance Israel and the Holy Lands have to the world and the Church. She has a deep love for the local church and a passion to see people learn the Word of God and watch it come alive as they apply it to their daily lives.
Educational Content Development and Teaching Strategist
Jeremy Stein was born in Dansville, New York, in 1991 and raised on Long Island, New York. In 2013, he completed his BA in Biblical Theology as well as in Pastoral Ministries at Northpoint Bible College (formerly known as Zion Bible College). In 2016, Jeremy married his wife, Miriam. Currently, he is a graduate student under Dr. R. Steven Notley at Nyack College in New York, NY and studying in their Ancient Judaism and the Origins of Christianity program. Jeremy is the former Associate Pastor of Neighborhood Assembly of God in Bellmore, New York. He has been a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God since 2011 and has been actively traveling to the Holy Lands for the past 5 years. Jeremy and his wife, Miriam, currently live in Springfield, MO.
Tour Coordinator &
Web Communications Specialist
Travis was born and raised in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He completed a BA in Intercultural and Biblical Studies with a Minor in Business Management from Trinity Bible College. In 2012, Travis (MA in Christian Ministries) and his wife, Jennifer (MA in Counseling), graduated together from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO. Travis brings to the team four years of fulltime pastoral experience and a passion for leading people into a clearer understanding of the Bible. Travis and Jennifer live in Springfield, Missouri with their daughter and two Siberian Huskies.
"Traveling with the Center for Holy Lands Studies has been an amazing experience. When my husband and I decided to put together a trip to Israel that would encourage ourselves and our radio show listeners in our faith, we looked at several options. CHLS was definitely at the top of the list in every way. The depth and knowledge they offer through their US guides, in-country guides, and home support surpassed everything we expected; and the cost for our group was very competitive with other journey options that didn't offer the same level of expertise. Thanks, CHLS! Here's to a long partnership and the building of our faith in Christ!"