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Take a Trip with King in 2017-18 that will Change Your Life

BRISTOL, Tenn., August 30, 2017 – If there is one common theme among students who have traveled with King University for service or study abroad/immersion trips, it is that the experience changed their lives for the better.

There is no time like the present to sign up for the adventure of a lifetime. During 2017-18, King University is sponsoring eight trips – both mission trips and study abroad/immersion trips. If you are interested in one or more of the following trips, contact the lead professor for the trip and sign up today.

Spring Break 2018

Camden, New Jersey; Atlanta, Georgia; and Houston, Texas Mission Trips 

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“Clarkston, just outside Atlanta, is a small quiet town. We didn’t need a passport to be in the heart of an international mission field,” said Dan Kreiss, dean of King’s Peeke School of Christian Mission. “What meant the most to the children we engaged with was the gift of our time – simply being there with them. A King alumna said of Camden, N.J., that ‘Camden is polarizing; everyone feels something when they come here.’ That is true. I’ve been in youth ministry for more than 30 years. There is something about that place and that organization that just works. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. What we do there, the people we meet and work with there – the kids, the street leaders, the interns, the workers – it is just unlike any other program.”

Trip Highlights: Students will spend time with either UrbanPromise in Camden, N.J., or Global Frontier Missions in Clarkston, Ga. In Clarkston, most of the student’s time will be spent with refugee children – interacting with them, playing games, and sharing the spirit of Christ; the children and their families hail from more than 140 countries and 760 ethnic groups. UrbanPromise is the largest employer of teenagers in the city of Camden. The organization has programs for kids up to eighth grade. King students will spend time with the kids, helping in a variety of ways including educationally and spiritually.

  • Open to current students, faculty, staff, and alumni – up to 12 participants
  • Cost $350 per person
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due by end of fall semester
  • March 4 – 10, 2018
  • Contact: Dan Kreiss, email:

Israel Palestine Study Abroad Trip

“Come join us for a trip of your lifetime; travel to the Middle East and see Israel and Palestine,” said Don Michael Hudson, Ph.D., associate professor of Religious Studies and chair of King’s Philosophy and Religion Departments. “We will spend 11 action-packed days visiting the holy sites of the Old and New Testaments, immersing ourselves in Middle Eastern culture, and studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Trip Highlights: Students will have the opportunity to experience the Holy Land in person. Students will hike up Masada to see Herod’s palace, pray at the Western Wall, and visit the Temple Mount, Caesarea Maritima, and the Elah Valley. Students will gain a better understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli situation. They will also see the Dead Sea Scrolls, spend time at the Sea of Galilee, and even float in the Dead Sea. Student’s understanding while reading their Bible will not be quite the same after having experienced Israel and Palestine in person.

  • Open to current students, faculty, staff, and alumni – up to 12 participants
  • Cost: $3,250 all-inclusive per person
  • Deposit: $150
  • March 2 – 11, 2018
  • Contact: Don Michael Hudson, email:

Montréal, Québec, Canada Study Abroad Trip

“Learning through immersion is more than simply being in a different place,” said Annie Rémillard, assistant professor of French at King. “Students can actively utilize their skills in language and cultural awareness, learn by way of experiencing things, going to restaurants, visiting museums, and the most important – interaction with French speaking people.

Trip Highlights: The trip will begin with a walk around the beautiful city of Montréal and a visit of L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph, one of Canada’s largest churches. Students have a choice to watch Les Grands Ballets Canadiens De Montreal ballerinas perform beautiful choreography or see the Montreal Canadiens hockey team battle it out on the ice. Following is a trip to Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, the birthplace of Montréal’s authentic archaeological site. The second part of the trip be in the historic city of Québec. It is the only Canadian province that is a predominately French- speaking population. Student will practice their language skills and engage in basic conversation with French speakers.

  • Open to current students, faculty, staff, and alumni – up to 12 participants
  • March 5 – 12, 2018
  • Cost: $2,250 per person
  • $500 non-refundable deposit due Dec. 1, 2017
  • Contact: Annie Remillard, email:

May 2018 Trips

England and Scotland: Highlights of History Study Abroad Trip

“The United Kingdom trip will give students the opportunity to experience the culture and the history they have studied,” said Karen Shaw, Ph.D., professor of English and coordinator for study abroad. “They can attend a play at the Globe, visit the British Museum, walk on the moors, tour Edinburgh Castle, pause for a moment of quiet in an abbey that has been a place of prayer for over 900 years. It’s a chance for transformative engagement with both a people and a place.”

Trip Highlights: Home bases for the trip will be London, York, and Edinburgh with day trips from these cities. In London, students will attend a Shakespeare play in the reconstructed Globe Theater on the south bank of the Thames. Students will have the chance to see the crown jewels in the Tower of London, visit the British Museum, the London National Gallery, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and so much more. Students will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Westminster Abby, and Bath. In York, students will tour York Castle and traipse through the oldest preserved medieval street in the world. Students will explore the unique flora and fauna of the English landscape by visiting North York Moors National Park and hiking through that famous English heather and marvel at the ancient Roman walls surrounding York. While in Scotland, participants will explore Edinburgh, walk the Royal Mile, tour Edinburgh’s Castle, St. Giles’ Cathedral (the “Mother Church of Presbyterianism”), and the ancient ruins of Holyrood Abbey. No trip to Scotland would be complete without hunting for the Loch Ness monster and motoring through the Highlands. Students will also visit the birthplace of golf in St. Andrews and tour the university and will venture forth in Stirling, an ancient medieval town that was the heart of the Scottish monarchy for three centuries, touring its iconic Castle and the National William Wallace Monument.

  • Open to current students, faculty, staff, and alumni – up to 18 participants
  • May 1 - 15, 2018
  • Cost: $3,847 per person
  • $500 non-refundable deposit by Nov. 1
  • Contact: Erin Kingsley, email: or Karen Shaw, email:

Montepulciano, Italy

“I heard students and faculty rave about King’s Study Italy program for years,” said Brandon Story, assistant professor of English. “They described living in Montepulciano, having class looking out at the Italian countryside, enjoying meals and gelato together, and of course, experiencing the greatest artistic wonders of the Western world. In 2016, I got to go with a bunch of adventurous students and colleagues, and it was all true. Ask anyone who’s been, and you’ll hear the same thing: the trip is magical.”

Trip Highlights: For three weeks, students will live and take classes in the medieval Tuscan town of Montepulciano, a place known for its excellent food and wine culture, with weekends free for travel to Siena, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, and The Amalfi Coast to name a few. The trip ends with five days in Rome where students will visit the Coliseum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Pantheon, and see Michelangelo's David and the Sistine Chapel.

  • Open to current students, faculty, staff, and alumni – up to 15 participants
  • May 6 – 28, 2018
  • Cost: $3900 per person
  • $500 non-refundable deposit due by Nov. 15, 2017; interest meeting Aug. 31, 2017
  • Contact: Brandon Story, Email: participating Faculty: Martin Dotterweich, Ashley Stiltner, Joe Strickland, Brandon Story

Summer 2018

Kenya, Africa – Mission trip to Maasai people working with King alumni Chase & Audrey Arndt

“Mission trips sponsored by the Peeke School of Christian Mission are a fantastic way for students and alumni to connect while serving together in a different part of the country or world,” said Dan Kreiss, dean of King’s Peeke School of Christian Mission. “It is amazing to see the growth that takes place in individuals and groups as we serve together in these diverse settings. Take advantage early of the opportunities to serve in this way to avail yourself of further and different opportunities later. They will set your life on a path of engagement and service for a lifetime.”

  • Open to current students, faculty, staff, and alumni – up to 12 participants
  • May 20 – June 9, 2018
  • Cost: $3,500 all-inclusive per person
  • $500 non-refundable deposit due by Nov. 17, 2017
  • Contact: Dan Kreiss, Email:

The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition – Biblical archaeological dig in at Tel Azakah in Israel

The rare opportunity to participate in the Israeli-German led Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition is made possible through King University’s membership in an exclusive consortium of more than a dozen international universities and colleges. King University was accepted into the consortium in spring of 2013, making it one of only four schools located in the United States involved in the expedition. “One benefit of being a member of the consortium is that members of the King community will have access to Tel Azekah,” says Hudson. “Those who travel to Israel for the Tel Azekah expedition will spend 24 days in the Holy Land – 10 on the dig site and 14 touring.”

Trip Highlights: In addition to hands-on excavation at Tel Azekah, participants will spend five days in Jerusalem visiting the Mount of Olives, Western Wall, Damascus Gate, and Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The tour also includes Nazareth, Capernaum, Beersheva, Qumran, Ein Gedi, the Dead Sea, Masada, the West Bank, Bethlehem, and Jericho among numerous other destinations important to biblical history.

  • Open to current students, faculty, staff, and alumni – up to 12 participants
  • July – Aug. 2018
  • Cost: $4,250
  • Deposit: $150
  • Contact: Don Michael Hudson, email:


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