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Greenville First Israel Expedition

Expedition ID: 22-11.1



Do you ever feel confused when you read the Bible?  Do you feel like you are missing things the author intended for you to understand? Would you like to gain clarity and confidence reading the Bible? Would you like to encounter God in the lands of the Bible?


Accompany Pastors Josh and Brittani O'Connor on this exciting ten day expedition of Israel as we Journey through the Bible. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you explore the lands where He and the disciples walked. Explore sites familiar from the Scriptures, such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, and many more. 

Join us as we use the world of the Bible to help you understand the words of the Bible.


Expedition ID: 22-11.1





  • Hotels (+ breakfast and dinner)

  • All entrances per itinerary

  • Local English speaking guide

  • Biblical Expeditions Expert Instructor

  • AC Luxury Tour Bus

  • Biblical Expeditions Private Concierge

  • Hotel City Taxes

  • All tips (guides, hotels, and drivers)

  • Biblical Expeditions trip devotional and learning resources

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Service is at the core of who we are. Our expeditions offer the finest travel experiences to the lands of the Bible. We provide the peace of mind that everything down to the smallest detail has been taken care of for you, so that you can experience the journey, encounter God, learn how to understand the words of the Bible through its world, and rest when it’s time. Our experienced team of travel concierges accompany every group in Israel. They meticulously attend to logistical details and personal service to ensure your experience is truly exceptional.

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Expedition Host

Pastor Josh O’Connor has served in church ministry for the past decade with much of his experience pastoring the next generation (and their families). Josh served on in Lakeland, Florida as a NextGen Pastor for the 10 years prior to assuming the role of lead pastor of Greenville First in September of 2018. Brittani served as an elementary teacher and adjunct professor before joining the team full time in 2020.

Josh and Brittani love to reach the lost by loving people where they are and striving to point them to Jesus. They both grew up in Greenville and their hearts are so full serving the people of that great city.

They love to spend time with their boys, travel, explore new restaurants, college football games, and are over the moon to welcome baby boy #3 to the family in the fall of 2022.

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Josh and Brittani O'Connor


Expedition Instructor


Marc Turnage

Marc Turnage holds an MA in Ancient Judaism and the Origins of Christianity from Jerusalem University College. He is currently finishing his PhD in the Land of Israel Studies Department at Bar Ilan University located in Ramat Gan, Israel, under the supervision of Professor Esther Eshel. Marc has taught graduate and undergraduate students at several universities in the United States and abroad. 


Marc moved to Israel to study because he felt that the issues of spatial, historical, cultural, and spiritual settings played a vital role in how we read the Bible. While studying in Israel, he fell in love with the lands of the Bible. He has been guiding groups through Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy for over twenty years. Marc is a highly sought-after guide and teacher and routinely trains and lectures local tour guides about guiding Christian groups. He is passionate about leading biblical tours that deliver the very finest experience and helping people understand how to read the Bible.


Marc has published widely for both academic and popular audiences. His most recent book, Windows Into the Bible, was named by Outreach Magazine one of its top 100 Christian living resources. Marc is a widely sought-after speaker, and a gifted teacher. He resides in Springfield, MO with his family.


Expedition Itinerary - October 25 - November 3, 2023


October 25

  • Depart USA

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October 26


•  Arrival Tel Aviv
•  Travel to Hotel By Bus
•  Dinner and overnight on the

    Mediterranean Coast


October 27


•  Port-city of Caesarea
•  Mount Caramel

•  Valley of Jezreel

•  Church of the Annunciation

•  Nazareth


October 28


•  Dan nature reserve
•  Banias (ancient Caesarea

•  Mount Hermon

•  Israel-Syrian border overlook in the

   Golan Heights


October 29


•    Almagor
•    Beitsaida Valley
•    Chorazin
•    Baptism In The Jordan River
•    Capernaum

•    Magdala
•    Museum at Kibbutz Ginnosar

•    Evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee

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October 30


•  Masada
•  Qumran
•  Visit and swim in the Dead Sea

•  En Gedi
•  Wadi Qilt Overlook


October 31


•    Israel Museum
•    City of David
•    Bethlehem
•    Church of the Nativity

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November 1


•  Yad Vashem

•  Mahaneh Yehudah
•  Free time to shop and   

    explore the Old City


November 2

  • Mount of Olives
  • Dominus Flevit
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • St. Anne’s Church
  • Jaffa Gate
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Temple Mount
  • Western Wall
  • Farewell Dinner 
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight home


November 3

  • Arrive in USA

***Please note Visits, excursions, mentioned in the program are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances

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