Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: EO Holy Land Trip 2024

May 15, 2023

Dear Friends,

It has been nearly 25 years since my husband Lee’s and my first pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This life-changing journey was made possible thanks to childcare provided by my parents, encouragement from our respective ministry contexts and the support of our Annual Conference.

Seven trips later, we continue to be shaped by walking in the land where Jesus walked . . . seeing places he frequented . . . riding in a boat on the Sea of Galilee . . . and peering into what may have been the very tomb where the disciples took Jesus’ body after his crucifixion. Each journey to Israel has deepened our faith and relationship with Christ.

Our next Holy Land pilgrimage will be February 21-March 1, 2024, and is open to clergy and laity in the Holston and North Alabama Conferences. We will make the trip again with Educational Opportunities, a Christian travel ministry that celebrates its 50 year anniversary in 2024. Costs for recent ordinands and associate members are greatly reduced with generous scholarships from Educational Opportunities and the North Alabama Conference Board of Ministry. More information about clergy costs can be obtained from Executive Director of the Board of Ordained Ministry Rev. Ron Schultz at

Three optional extensions are also available: 1) Wonders of Petra and the Dead Sea; 2) Nile Cruise Extension; and 3) Cairo and the route of the Exodus.

I invite you to join us on this pilgrimage to Israel. Click the button below for more information and to sign up today.

Thank you for prayerfully considering this amazing spiritual formation experience. As always, it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.

Debra Wallace-Padgett
Resident Bishop
Holston and North Alabama Conferences

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