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About Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours!

Dr. John DeLancey, teaching at a 1st century AD synagogue at Gamla. He is the Director and Tour Leader for Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours (412-999-5697).

Dr. John DeLancey, teaching at a 1st century AD synagogue at Gamla. He is the Director of Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours (412-999-5697).

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A Personal Greeting from Dr. DeLancey (Director of Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours)

“Shalom” greetings and welcome to the ministry of Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours (412-999-5697). It is a ministry dedicated and devoted to provide pastor-led and in-depth interdenominational Christian trips to Israel and to teach the “physical settings” of the Bible for churches and schools. Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours is ultimately about one thing…. molding and transforming lives for Jesus Christ!  (“Yet You, Lord, are our Father.  We are the clay; You are the potter.” – Isaiah 64:8).

It is my pleasure and privilege to invite you to travel with me to the Holyland, the world of the Bible. Having studied in Jerusalem, Israel as a Biblical archaeology student for one year and leading 51 previous trips to Israel and 7 Greece & Turkey tours, I look forward to sharing my experience in group travel with you, helping you encounter a life-changing Israel tour. I’d also enjoy talking with you about any tour or the ministry in general. Feel free to call 412-999-5697 anytime!

Thanks so much for leading the trip. The best part of the trip for me was that I came away spiritually refreshed. I will never forget this trip.” (Kirk, MD)

Biblical Israel Tours was created 24 years ago (in January, 1992) out of my passion for leading people to a personalized experience of the land of the Bible, on a tour that goes much farther and deeper than the many other “standard” Holyland tours. While pastoring two evangelical churches for a total of 26 years, I am humbled by the 100s of people who have joined me on Israel tours the last 20+ year (see Testimonies) from all over the U.S., Canada, and from various other countries of the world (who travel with me as land only travelers). What excites me the most about leading trips to the Holy Land is to know that a life-transforming experience awaits each person who God brings to each of my in-depth Christian study tours. Simply put, an Israel trip is the very best “discipleship program!!” It is both a humble honor and delight to be used of God in leading people to discover and encounter the world of the Bible, especially the life and ministry of Christ.

Biblical Israel Tours, with Dr. John DeLancey

In 2016, Biblical Israel Tours has expanded to Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours. This is now my full time ministry, committed to transform lives for Jesus Christ! The ministry now includes the offering of teaching seminars for churches, Christian high schools, colleges, and seminaries.  I offer “Physical Settings of the Bible” seminars, teaching modules, and lectures that highlight how historical geography, archaeology, and understanding the ancient near eastern culture helps “bring alive” the Scriptures!  If you would schedule a seminar or class for your church or school, please contact me. If you feel led to financially support this ministry, look for the Paypal link on the web site.

Helping people understand the Bible in context has been a joy in my pastoral ministry. In comparison to most other tours, each tour offers an in-depth encounter of Israel as it relates to the Bible.  I strive to offer the most personal care and assistance to you, from answering questions as you consider what trip to Israel is best for you, helping you prepare for your Holyland tour prior to departure, and to being your personal pastor and Bible teacher while on tour.

About the uniqueness of each of our Israel Tours (and to other lands of the Bible)

For sure there are a lot of good Christian trips to Israel out there. Praise God! Yet we believe the trips we offer go beyond just “good” but are life-changing!  So many of the people have expressed how each Biblical Israel Tour is unique from other Israel tours offered by other ministries and agencies. The following are examples of what makes our trips stand out from all the others:

  • Many more biblical sites are seen from the average “touristy” tour, especially biblical sites “off the beaten track.” We just don’t go see “traditional” churches (e.g. church after church) like most tours.
  • All the Israel trips are led by myself, and are much more in-depth from a biblical point of view. Not only will you see extra sites that other groups simply don’t visit, but you will also enjoy on-site Biblical teaching, quiet reflective moments, worship times, and optional walks, hikes, and gatherings for those who just can’t get enough!
  • The goal of each of each Christian tour is to offer the most rich learning and spiritual experience as possible. An Israel trip will not only bring context to your understanding of the Scriptures, but also inspiration to your walk of faith to a new exciting level!
  • The tours includes both the young and old.  I have families with children, youth, college students who join me as well as folks in their 70s & 80s.
  • People all over the world (not just from the U.S.) can join me as “land only” travelers.  I welcome everyone!
  • My ministry to you is to provide a solid biblical tour full or both teaching and spiritual experiences aimed to deepen your walk of faith with God.  The “personal pastoral touch” I offer helps you “connect the dots” between what you see and what you read in the Bible.  Unlike many tour agencies offer trips without the essential pastoral leadership, I look forward to sharing an in-depth perspective of Israel.
  • I update the web site every night with about 20 sample pictures or so with a brief description of our day-day-day experiences. This is done for two purposes:  1). People back home can follow our encounters and enjoy knowing what we’re doing, and 2). Once each tour participant gets home, the page serves as a way to review the tour and help people organize their own pictures, etc…  As a bonus, each picture can be downloaded, saved, and added to people’s collection of photos.

About the exciting and transforming teaching side of the ministry

Moving from full time pastoring in a local church to full time Director of Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours, I now am available to teach “physical settings” of the Bible to churches, Christian high schools, colleges, and seminaries. Here are some exciting aspects of the teaching ministry:

  • We provide multimedia “Physical Settings” seminars for both the church and classroom setting. Teaching involves the understanding of historical geography, biblical archaeology, and the culture of the Bible, bringing the Bible alive in new and exciting ways! Formats for teaching include church seminars, conferences, guest lecturing & preaching, and teaching modules for schools, colleges, and seminaries.
  • Each seminar or classroom experience for your church or school will provide many “a-ha!” moments. The whole encounter with the Bible in its context will make the Bible “come alive!”  Each multimedia seminar will help you connect the dots between the stories and narratives of the Bible. You will begin to read God’s Word in “living color,” not just in “black and white!” Your excitement and enthusiasm for studying God’s Word will be rekindled.
  • PJ Jezeel VNew: For the purpose of enhancing the ministry, a new “App” for smart phones, iPads, and Tablets has been created. Go HERE to go download the new app or simply type in BIMT in the search bar of the App Store.  The app features blogs, videos, podcast teaching, “site summaries,” and more!

About Dr. DeLancey

  • A graduate of Cedarville College of Ohio with a Degree in Biblical Studies and Archaeology.
  • A one-year student at the Jerusalem University College (formerly called The Institute of Holy Land Studies)
  • Excavated at 4 archaeological sites in Israel:
    1. “Khirbet Nisya” (An possible site for the Old Testament city of Ai).
    2. Ir David” (Hebrew for The City of David, or Old Testament Jebus/Jerusalem).
    3. Abel Beit Macaah, a new excavation of an OT site located up north near the Lebanon border (June, 2014).
    4. Tel Gezer (June, 2016).
  • I served as an archaeology tour guide in and around Jerusalem.
  • A graduate of Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa. with a Masters of Divinity Degree.
  • Post graduate studies at North Park Seminary of Chicago, IL
  • Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Seminary in November 2003, with a focus on Pastoral and Israel-related ministry.

    John DeLancey, Arbel, Marriage Re-proposal

    Pastor John re-proposing to his wife on top of Mt. Arbel, Israel

  • Served as lead pastor for 26 years in two evangelical churches – Stoneridge Covenant Church, Allison Park, PA (1999-2016) and Calvary Covenant Church, Evansville, MN (1990-1999).
  • Tour Leader of 51 Israel Tours. Tour Leader of 7 Greece and Turkey tour as well.
  • Invited guest instructor at selected churches in the field of Historical Geography and Biblical Archaeology.
  • Author of “Devotional Treasures from the Holyland (2011, now in its 3rd edition, 2016). This is a 320 page resource that offers a devotional thought gleaned from 73 sites in Israel, using the Scriptural, archaeological, and and historical-geographical background of each site as the context. Each person (couple) receives a complementary copy.
  • Author of a 130 page Guide Book entitled, Historical, Biblical, and Archaeological Backgrounds, a Guide Book used on his Holy Land Tours.  A 98 page “Interactive Book” is also used, helping people to “process and appreciate” what they see on each day of the tour!  Both of these resources can be downloaded for free from the Resource page of the web site.

About imagine Tours & Travel

imagine Tours & Travelimagine Tours & Travel is the Christian travel agency I exclusively use. They are the very best in the business!  What is so wonderful abut them is that they view their business not just as a business, but as a ministry.  imagine Tours & Travel is located in Lakeland, FL.

The following is their Christian approach to their travel agency:

“Imagine Tours & Travel was founded on the idea and belief that this would be a different kind of company. We are a travel organization with international partnerships that provide you with all the necessary components to assure you an exciting, educational, enjoyable, life changing, and unforgettable journey.

Imagine Tours and Travel will make your air and/or sea reservations, book your hotels, and arrange for your sightseeing aboard motor coaches with the best available English-speaking licensed guides. imagine contracts all of the above services with the most reliable correspondents who are constantly re-evaluated so that the quality of service we offer always meets our highest standards.

The ultimate purpose of imagine Tours and Travel is to honor God in all that we do. Our goals are to be a blessing to all those we work with and to be a supporting cast to those interested in Christian Travel. In everything, we want the spotlight to remain and reflect on God, not us. It is our great pleasure to offer our services to you with the understanding that first and foremost, this is His Company, and we’re the supporting cast for His greater service.

We know that you have a choice in who you decide to travel with. We believe that a trip to the lands of the Bible will be a life-changing journey, whether you are travelling to the Holy Land to walk where Jesus walked or to the Mediterranean to follow the journey of Paul. Whatever journey or destination that you are following, we trust that it will impact your faith walk as you embark on it with members of your Christian community. We pray that the Holy Spirit will touch your heart in a way that only He can. Our hope for you is that you will allow yourself to relax and enjoy, knowing that all of the details are covered, and just welcome in God’s presence.

We look forward to serving you!

Rick & Amy Ricart
Imagine Tours & Travel, LLC