Welcome

One month after we opened Registration for the January 2020 trip and the trip is full!

We know many people are still interested so we will continue to take reservations for the wait list. As space becomes available, those on the wait-list will be contacted by Select International Tours in the order the registrations were received.

To be added to the wait list, send in your registration to Select International Tours (address is on the registration page). All payments will be held and not deposited for those on the wait-list.  Payments will only be deposited when you are added to the trip otherwise the payments will be returned.

We have already begun planning another trip for early 2021! Those on the wait-list will be contacted before registration opens. Information sessions will be scheduled in the spring for the 2021 trip.

Please continue to explore our site and prepare for your Visit to the Holy Land.

Welcome to First United Methodist Church’s Holy Land 2020 adventure! Join us on a Christian pilgrimage as we encounter lands of the Bible and follow in the footsteps of Jesus. With a new group of friends on a life-changing journey, we will prepare together, travel and learn together, worship in faith together, and gain a perspective on the Bible and on biblical history that only comes from being there. This voyage will also give you a glimpse of this fascinating land as it is today, shared by many faiths and by the secular, all of whom live side-by-side in a complex social and cultural tapestry.

First UMC’s Senior Pastor, Dr. Tommy Brumett, will be our spiritual leader on this transforming travel experience. You are invited to come along in January 2020 for a most unique, rich, and fulfilling experience of discipleship.

Explore the details of the journey on this site. Gather information, see images from past adventures, browse some Frequently Asked Questions, and contact us with any other inquiries that you have. First UMC is excited to return to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage of faith, learning and growing in community.

Holy Land 2020

Mark your calendar, because we’re off to the Holy Land:
January 20 – February 2, 2020!

We will depart on Monday, January 20 from DFW, connecting in the northeastern U.S. (location depends on airline, TBA), then direct to Tel Aviv, Israel. We’ll arrive in the afternoon of Tuesday, January 21. An optional 3-day extension to Jordan will be available also. Those not going to Jordan will depart Tel Aviv on Thursday, January 30, and the Jordan group will depart on Saturday, February 1, arriving at DFW the morning of Sunday, February 2. See the itinerary for details.

Estimated cost: $3,955
Jordan extension: $940

The cost estimate includes airfare, all accommodations and activities on the itinerary, and gratuities. It also includes breakfast and dinner each day at our hotels. Lunch will be on our own at various stops according to our itinerary for the day. A budget of $10-15 per day for lunch is sufficient. The cost does not include optional trip insurance, which should be purchased at the time the deposit is paid. Details and payment instructions are on the Costs page.

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Photo credit:
Church of the Holy Sepulchre-Edicule, Todd Bolen (BiblePlaces.com)

About the Team

Dr. TTommy Brumettommy Brumett is Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in McKinney, TX. He served First UMC in Decatur from 2002-2008, and has served First UMC in McKinney since 2008, where the church has been identified as one of the fastest-growing large United Methodist churches in the U.S. He has been preaching in United Methodist congregations for 30 years.

Tommy holds degrees from Southwestern University and Southern Methodist University. He is married to Eve, and they have two children, Caitlin and Josh, and a granddaughter, Mary Olivia.

Tina R

Tina Ripperger is a member of McKinney’s First United Methodist Church and is our trip coordinator. She has organized three previous journeys to the Holy Land for the church, in addition to a land-and-sea trip to Greece and Turkey. Tina loves to travel, most recently to soccer-related destinations with her two daughters in the U.S. and Europe.  Tina joined her husband in real estate in 2009. They have been members of First UMC since 1999.

George Stephan

Our tour guide while we are in the Holy Land is Jerusalem native George Stephan. He has been a licensed Israeli tour guide for 17 years, and led our groups in 2012, 2013, and 2014. We are delighted that our request to work with him again was successful.  He has studied history, theology, and archaeology at the graduate level in Israel, and has been a guest professor at universities in Jerusalem.

George plays basketball and coaches children’s teams in his spare time, works at an artisan co-op in Bethlehem, and volunteers his great knowledge of history and the land in educational settings for children.

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