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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:

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 Hosts

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David Schmidgall

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.

Heather Zempel is passionate about making disciples, cultivating community, and curating experiences that expand the horizons of possibility. 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.


For twenty years, Heather served as the Discipleship Pastor and Ministries Director at National Community Church (NCC) in Washington, DC. Now, she leads NCC’s Dream Collective, an incubator for dreamers and a community of pastors, entrepreneurs, and artists who long for revival in the church, reformation in the Kingdom, and renaissance in culture.


Heather is the author of several books, including Community is Messy, Amazed and Confused and Big Change, Small Groups.  She loves watching football, finding the best BBQ joints, and trekking through National Parks with her husband Ryan and energetic 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.

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November 12


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


November 13

  • Beersheva

  • Shephelah hill country

  • Lachish

  • Elah Valley

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November 14

  • Caesarea

  • Mount Carmel

  • Valley of Jezreel overlook

  • Nazareth

  • Church of the Annunciation


November 15

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  • Dan Nature Reserve

  • Banias (ancient Caesarea Philippi) 

  • Mount Hermon 

  • Israel-Syrian Border in the Golan Heights 

  • Katzrin

Sea of Galilee

November 16

  • 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

  • Masada – palace fortress of Herod the Great

  • Qumran – caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found

  • Experience the Dead Sea

  • Wadi Qilt overlook

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November 18

  • Israel Museum

  • City of David

  • Bethlehem

  • Church of the Nativity


November 19

  • 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

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November 20

  • Arrive in USA

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

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