Join us for the Spiritual Journey of a Lifetime

alking on the ancient streets of Laodicea in central Turkey

alking on the ancient streets of Laodicea in central Turkey

The Footsteps of Paul Experience is a unique two-week road trip, retracing the three missionary journeys recorded in Acts. The trip begins in ancient Antioch, crossing Turkey and Greece, concluding in Ancient Corinth. We travel overland in vans and across the Aegean Sea by ship (see the Itinerary page for a day by day description). This is not a tour and we are not a tour company. This is a Christian pilgrimage in the historical places where Paul and his disciples actually carried out their mission. We travel as an extended family on a spiritual journey together.

Each day will begin with time for worship, prayer and Scripture reading based on our itinerary that day. We will visit the sites with the greatest historical significance that illuminate the biblical account of Paul’s life. At each site we will offer an overview of the history and archaeology and then conclude with a time of biblical reflection, sharing, and prayer. In the evenings there will be opportunities for processing in small groups, and free time. (Check the FAQ page for more information)

The group is limited to 22 people so we can move efficiently, get to know each other on a deeper level, and share a spiritual experience together. We will be traveling in passenger vans, averaging about three and half hours of driving per day, traversing beautiful country and exploring breathtaking ancient sites. We will eat our lunches along the way, our dinners will be in local restaurants, and each night we will stay in small boutique hotels with rich cultural and historical ambiance.

To prepare for the trip participants will be asked to read two books, The Apostle: A Life of Paul, by John Pollack and A Week in the Life of Corinth by Ben Witherington III. These will help to connect the narrative of Acts with the content of Paul’s letters, as well as giving the participants a closer look at the Greco-Roman culture into which Paul brought the Good News of Jesus. You will also receive a trip handbook with maps, plans, charts, and site reconstructions, which will become your reference guide for the trip. This handbook includes reflection questions on key Scriptures related to the sites we will be visiting and space for prayer journaling each day.

View of ancient harbor from our hotel in Side, Turkey

View of ancient harbor from our hotel in Side, Turkey

Our trip leader is Bob Rognlien, a pastor, teacher and guide with nearly 30 years’ experience. Bob first traveled in Greece and Turkey at the age of 19 and subsequently lived in Jerusalem where he conducted post-graduate studies in New Testament archaeology and sociology. Bob and his wife Pam have been leading trips like this in the Middle East for nearly 25 years. The cost of the trip is $2550 per person, not including airfare to Hatay, Turkey and returning from Athens. This does include all your meals and expenses during the trip.

Again, this is not a tour, it is a spiritual pilgrimage. Our goal is to experience some of what Paul and his disciples experienced as they followed Jesus and extended his Kingdom. Many people who have taken this kind of journey with us over the last 20 years have called it the trip of a lifetime. (For feedback from those who have traveled with us, read the personal reflections on the Testimony page). It is certainly an unforgettable experience that will profoundly shape your reading of Acts and the Letters of Paul. If you are interested in joining us, contact Bob Rognlien right away at bobrognlien@gmail.com. Space is limited, so if you are feeling led to join us on this spiritual adventure, send in your deposit as soon as possible to save your spot. (See the Register page for details). If you have any questions, feel free to Contact us anytime!

Bob and Pam Rognlien