Teaching Leader: Pastor Mark Martin & Leslie Martin
Mark Martin is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Community Church, a non-denominational fellowship of believers in Phoenix, Arizona. Pastor Mark grew up in Medford, Oregon and later attended college in Northern California where he graduated with a B.A. in Theology. While attending college, he met his wife Leslie and they now have three grown children. Mark has been teaching about the grace of God for over 30 years.
Pastor Mark and Leslie started Calvary Community Church in 1982 with eleven people. In 1984, Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California invited Pastor Mark and the Calvary Community family to join the Calvary Chapel fellowship of churches.
Today, Calvary meets at two campuses in the northwest Phoenix area. The Sunday morning services are simulcast live between both campuses making Calvary one church in two locations. The Central Campus is located at I-17 and Thunderbird Road in Phoenix and the Northwest Campus is at 59th Ave and Bell Road in Glendale.
Pastor Mark’s grace-oriented teaching ministry has been used over the years to draw thousands into a close, intimate walk with the Lord. His Bible-teaching radio outreach, Grace Upon Grace, airs locally each weekday and on the church’s 24-hour web-radio station, calvaryradio.com. Through Calvary’s website, calvaryphx.com, services are streamed live and archived messages are available free of charge via digital download or podcast.
Pastor Mark is the author of a daily email devotional, GraceMail, and two one-year daily devotional books, Psalms Today and Grace Today.
Hosts: Mark and Cindy Brannon
We are Mark and Cindy Brannon your hosts for the Holyland Tour 2016. We have been married for 33 years with 3 grown children and a son-in law. As Christians we have always felt a deep connection with Israel and the Jewish people, but we feel that until you experience Holy land you will not understand the true depth of your Hebraic Faith. After traveling around the world, we feel there is no place like the land of the Bible. The truth of the Bible, God’s Holy word, and its rich jewish-based history will be laid out before your eyes. Our prayer for this tour is that you will return and share what you have seen, heard and how much you have learned with fellow believers, that they also may understand the Hebrew Bible in its original context. Our heart is this: that you be blessed according.’I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Gen 12:3 We are so excited and blessed you are coming with us on a trip of a lifetime.
Tour Guide: Yuval Shemesh
Born in 1960, he represents the 3rd generation of a Jerusalem family that emigrated from Persia in the early 1900s. During his school years, the Bible, geography and history always fascinated him. In 1978 his joined the Israel Defense Forces and served in the paratrooper unit. He took part in the fighting in the first Lebanese War in 1982. While serving in the army, he studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He met his wife in Holland, and married her in 1991. They have 3 children. In 1992 he completed his studies as a tour guide and since then has been leading Christian tours mainly from the USA. In 2006 he came to know and love Jesus. Knowledge of Israel’s History, the Bible, and biblical prophecies led him to accept the Lord .
Bus Driver: David Minai
David Minai is a very good and valuable member of the Immanuel Tours staff and has been working with our company for many years; always to the full satisfaction of ourselves and the groups which he has driven in his luxury motor coach. He lives in Ashkelon with his wife and family, a city which is only a few kilometers from the border with Gaza.
Tour Company Owner and Representative: Susan Esched
As the daughter of Phillip Meyers, the tourism business is a world I grew up in to. I remember visiting the tour groups with my Father since I was a very little girl.
In 1984 I joined my Father and have been working in Immanuel Tours ever since. What I enjoy the most in my work is meeting people from all over the world and getting the chance to know them and develop a personal contact that continues for years.
I look forward to meeting you all – NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM
Immanuel Tourist Services Ltd. is a family concern founded by Mr. Phillip Meyers, a qualified travel expert with over 48 years of experience in the field of tourism and Christian Pilgrimage to Israel and other Bible Lands.
The company’s expertise is mainly in Christian travel, and in the course of those many years we have dealt with tour groups and individuals from all over the world, establishing a solid reputation for reliability and high level of service. This high level of service is mirrored by the fact that a large number of our worldwide clientele are repeat customers, some of whom have been working with Immanuel Tours for more than 30 consecutive years.