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National Community Church Israel Expedtion

Expedition ID: 23-11.3

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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?


Join Pastor Dave Schmidgall and Pastor Heather Zempel and National Community Church for this exciting eleven day expedition of Israel. 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: 23-11.3




Tel Aviv

  • Hotels (+ breakfast and dinner)

  • All entrances per itinerary

  • Local English speaking guide

  • Biblical Expeditions Expert Instructor

  • AC Luxury Tour Bus

  • BE Private Trip Concierge

  • Hotel City Taxes

  • All tips (guides, hotels, and drivers)

  • Biblical Expeditions trip devotional and learning resources

Land Only Starting at:
Land + Group Airfare Starting at:

All expeditions include our industry-first unique concierge service. This service ensures your expedition operates at the highest level of service throughout the trip. Forgot something? Have a craving for something sweet? Looking to go into town after a day of touring? Have dietary restrictions? Our concierge is on hand throughout your entire trip ensuring your needs are met every step of the way. Our concierge's work directly for us and there to serve you throughout your expedition.

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Expedition Hosts

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David has been deeply shaped by jazz, photography and peacemaking - finding infinite joy at their crossroads: improvisation and constraints, seeing and storytelling, conflict and flourishing.

David earned a Master's Degree in International Policy/Peacebuilding from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. For more than 14 years, he has served as a Pastor and Executive Director of Missions at National Community Church in Washington DC, leading a diverse community seeking both ancient and innovative kingdom solutions to the problems of our world today.

Building from the many years of experience in redemptive entrepreneurship, empowering non-profits and the local Church, is passionate about supporting a transparent and trustworthy Dream Fund that will seed and hatch spirit-led dreams of entrepreneurs and artists; the agents of cultural renewal. His many years of serving the Church around the world clarifies his conviction for the missions landscape to be transformed towards "kingdom economics", a more just and compassionate vision of flourishing of all people.

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David Schmidgall


Heather Zempel serves as the Discipleship Pastor and Ministries Director at National Community Church in Washington, DC. With a background in biological engineering and experience as a policy advisor in the United States Senate, she brings a unique perspective to ministry, leadership, and discipleship. Heather is the author of several books including the most recent, Amazed and Confused and Big Change, Small Groups.  She loves football, BBQ, and having adventures with her husband Ryan and fun-loving daughter Sawyer Elizabeth.

Heather Zempel


Expedition Instructor

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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 - November 11-21, 2023

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November 11

  • Depart USA.


November 12


November 13

  • Beersheva

  • En Avdat

  • Wilderness of Zin

  • Tel Arad

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November 14


•  Arrival Tel Aviv
•  Travel to Hotel By Bus
•  Dinner and Overnight in
 the Negev

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  • Shephelah hill country

  • Lachish

  • Elah Valley

  • Beth Shemesh

  • Nebi Samwil



November 15

  • Caesarea

  • Mount Carmel

  • Valley of Jezreel overlook

  • Nazareth

  • Church of the Annunciation

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November 16

  • Dan Nature Reserve

  • Banias (ancient Caesarea Philippi) 

  • Mount Hermon 

  • Israel-Syrian Border in the Golan Heights 

  • Katzrin

  • Yardenit – Jordan River Baptism

  • Almagor – overlook of Beitsaida Valley

  • Chorazin

  • Magdala

  • Capernaum

  • Museum at Kibbutz Ginnosar

  • Evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee


November 17

Sea of Galilee

November 18

  • Masada – palace fortress of Herod the Great

  • Qumran – caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found

  • Experience the Dead Sea

  • Wadi Qilt overlook


November 19

  • Israel Museum

  • City of David

  • Bethlehem

  • Church of the Nativity

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November 20

  • Mt. of Olives  

  • Church of Dominius Flevit  

  • Garden of Gethsemane

  • Jaffa Gate

  • Herodian Quarter

  • Gennath Gate

  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher

  • Temple Mount

  • Farewell Dinner

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight home


November 21

  • Arrive in USA

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