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2nd Global Smyrna Meeting on the Seven Cities of Revelation

June 4-10, 2023 with optional Patmos or Miletos pre-tour and Gulet Boat Extension

Ongoing archaeological excavations in Turkey help to uncover more every day, and help us to better understand the Revelation.
“Can I take a trip to the actual sites of these seven churches?” is a common question. “Yes” you can.
This one-week program is the most comprehensive meeting and visitation of the Seven Cities of Revelation ever organized.
All tours are led by expert scholars.
Pre or post meeting tours to Patmos, Miletus and Gulet Boat, available on request.

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Dr. Mark Wayne WilsonAsia Minor Research Center
Dr. Mark R. FairchildHuntington University
Dr. Phillip J. LongGrace Christian University, MI
Dr. Linford StutzmanEastern Mennonite University
Dr. Tim Foster
Dr. Ben WitheringtonAsbury Theological Seminary
Dr. Alan BandyNew TestamentNew Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, LA
Dr. Jeffrey A. D. WeimaProfessor of New TestamentCalvin Theological Seminary
Dr. Douglas JacobyLincoln Christian University, IL
Dr. Sharon L. Putt
Dr. David deSilvaAshland Theological Seminary, OH
Dr. Jim Hoffmeier
Dr. Dana M. HarrisTrinity International University
Itinerary Details Speakers Policies Contact

Jun 4 Sun Arrive Izmir Airport (airport code ADB)
*Please give us your arrival flight information
Our representative will meet you at Izmir Airport with a “TUTKU” sign. Transfer to Aria Claros Resort Hotel in Ozdere near Ephesus, Izmir.
17:30-18:30 Worship Service
18:30-18:35 Opening Ceremony – Levent Oral, President of Tutku Educational Travel
18:35-18:45 Erin Dailey – Director of Operations, Tutku Educational Travel
18:45-18:50 Welcome - Dr. Mark Wilson, Program Director
18:50-18:55 Introduction of the groups, churches, and countries
18:55-19:00 Welcome from a local pastor
19:00-20:00 Dinner at hotel
20:00-20:45 The Messages to the Seven Churches

Jun 5 Mon Half Day Presentations & Afternoon Smyrna Agora visit
07:00-08:30 Breakfast
08:45-09:00 Worship Songs
09:00-09:45 Patmos among the Seven Churches
09:50-10:35 Ephesus among the Seven Churches
10:35-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:45 Smyrna among the Seven Churches
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Drive to Izmir for Smyrna visit
14:45-16:20 Smyrna Agora visit *Dr. Mark Wilson will accompany the groups to point out the Christian graffiti
16:30-17:40 Return to hotel
19:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-20:45 Lecture by Dr. Jim Hoffmeier “Some Motifs in the Book of Revelation and Ancient Egyptian Counterparts”

Jun 6 Tue Ephesus Tour
07:00-08:00 Breakfast
08:00-08:30 Departure from hotel and drive to Ephesus
08:30-11:30 Ephesus
11:45-12:30 St. John’s Basilica
12:45-14:15 Lunch & shopping opportunity at the Handmade Carpet Center
14:30-15:45 Ephesus Museum
16:00-16:30 Return to hotel
19:00-20:00 Dinner
20:10-20:55 Presentation

Jun 7 Wed All Day Presentations
07:00-08:30 Breakfast
08:45-09:00 Worship Songs
09:00-09:45 Thyatira among the Seven Churches
09:50-10:35 Pergamum among the Seven Churches
10:35-11:00 Coffee/Tea Break
11:00-11:45 Sardis among the Seven Churches
11:45-12:30 Presentation
12:30-13:30 Lunch at hotel
13:30-13:45 Worship songs
13:45-14:30 Philadelphia among the Seven Churches
14:30-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-15:45 Laodicea among the Seven Churches
16:00-17:30 Optional tour to Claros (tell us in advance if you wish to join this tour)
19:00-20:00 Dinner at hotel

Jun 8 Thu Pergamum & Thyatira Tour
06:45-07:45 Breakfast
07:45-09:45 Drive to Bergama
09:45-12:15 Pergamum tour of Acropolis and Red Basilica
12:15-13:45 Lunch in Bergama or Akhisar
13:45-14:45 Drive to site
14:45-15:45 Thyatira tour
16:00-17:30 Main Tour participants return to Aria Claros hotel for dinner.
19:00-20:00 Dinner at hotel
20:15-21:00 Closing ceremony – Mark Wilson, Levent Oral, sharing of memories by participants

Jun 9 Fri Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea– Izmir or Pamukkale
06:00-06:50 Breakfast
07:00-08:15 Departure from hotel
08:15-10:15 Sardis tour
10:15-11:00 Drive toAlaşehir
11:00-11:30 Philadelphia tour: Church of St. John
11:30-12:45 Drive to Denizli
12:45-13:45 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Laodicea tour
16:00-19:30 GSM participants and post-tour participants return to Aria Claros hotel for dinner.
16:00-18:00 Gulet Boat participants visit Hierapolis,
19:00-20:00 Dinner and overnight at Doğa Thermal Hotel in Karahayıt

Jun 10 Sat Departures for return home
07:00-09:30 Breakfast - Transfer to Izmir airport for departure *Please give us your departure flight information


PATMOS PRE-TOUR PROGRAM 
June 2 - 4

Jun 2 Fri Arrive Izmir Airport – Transfer to Aria Claros https://www.ariaclaros.com 19:00 Dinner at the hotel.
Jun 3 Sat 06:00-19:00 Daily Patmos Tour. Return to Kusadasi with transfer to Aria Claros for dinner and overnight.
Jun 4 Sun Breakfast & Dinner at the hotel. Main program starts.


MILETUS PRE-TOUR PROGRAM 
June 2 - 4

Jun 2 Fri Arrive Izmir Airport – Transfer to Aria Claros https://www.ariaclaros.com 19:00 Dinner at the hotel.
Jun 3 Sat 08:30-17:00 Miletus, Didyma, Priene Daily tour. Dinner at the hotel.
Jun 4 Sun Breakfast & Dinner at the hotel. Main program starts.


GULET BOAT EXTENSION PROGRAM
June 10-18

Jun 10 Sat Pamukkale – Colossae - Myra – Embark Gulet Boat
07:00-08:00 Breakfast
08:00-09:15 Stop at Colossae
09:15-13:15 Drive to Demre
13:15- 14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:30 Visit Myra’s St. Nicholas Church and theater; then synagogue and museum of Andriake
16:30 Board GULET BOAT at Andriake Harbor - Kekova area
June 11 Sun Underwater city and Simena visits; travel to nearby anchorage
June 12 Mon Travel to Kas, Antiphellos
June 13 Tues Travel to Kalkan - visit to Patara-Xanthos-Letoon
June 14 Wed Travel to Gemiler Island also called St. Nicholas Siland
June 15 Thurs Visit St. Nicholas island; travel to anchorage in Gulf of Fethiye
June 16 Fri Hike to Lydai and Kleopatra baths; overnight at anchorage
June 17 Sat Disembark in Fethiye, drive to Izmir. Visit a site on the way. Overnight Izmir.
June 18 Sun Transfer to Izmir Airport (ADB) for departure.

Including

• 6 nights at First Class hotel in OzdereIzmir
• Daily breakfast and 6 dinners
• 5 Lunches
• Entrance fees to all sites as per itinerary
• English–speaking licensed tour guide throughout the itinerary
• Transfers & transportation by private motorcoach with A/C
• Personalized certificate of participation
• Attendance to all meetings
• Service charges and local taxes

Excluding

• All flights
• Drinks (other than bottled water)
• Tips to tour guides and drivers
• All personal expenses, Travel and Health Insurances, any other item not mentioned above
• TURKISH VISA: Participants are responsible for checking their own countries’ visa regulations to Turkey at www.evisa.gov.tr
• Optional Pre-Tour and Optional PostTour
• Any covid-19 testing if needed for sites or museums as per government regulations

Hotels
  • June 04, 2023 - June 10, 2023 Aria Claros Hotel, İzmir, Turkey
  • June 02, 2023 - June 04, 2023 Aria Claros Hotel, İzmir, Turkey

 Locations on the map may include pre program or extension locations with main program.
Including

• 6 nights at First Class hotel in OzdereIzmir
• Daily breakfast and 6 dinners
• 5 Lunches
• Entrance fees to all sites as per itinerary
• English–speaking licensed tour guide throughout the itinerary
• Transfers & transportation by private motorcoach with A/C
• Personalized certificate of participation
• Attendance to all meetings
• Service charges and local taxes

Excluding

• All flights
• Drinks (other than bottled water)
• Tips to tour guides and drivers
• All personal expenses, Travel and Health Insurances, any other item not mentioned above
• TURKISH VISA: Participants are responsible for checking their own countries’ visa regulations to Turkey at www.evisa.gov.tr
• Optional Pre-Tour and Optional PostTour
• Any covid-19 testing if needed for sites or museums as per government regulations

Hotels
  • June 04, 2023 - June 10, 2023 Aria Claros Hotel, İzmir, Turkey
  • June 02, 2023 - June 04, 2023 Aria Claros Hotel, İzmir, Turkey

Speakers
Dr. Mark Wayne Wilson

Dr. Mark Wilson is the founder and director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, Turkey, a country in which he and his wife Dindy have lived since 2004. He received a D.Litt. et Phil. from the University of South Africa (Pretoria) where he serves as a Research Fellow in Biblical Archaeology. He is a Visiting Professor of Early Christianity at Regent University and also Professor Extraordinary Discipline Group Old & New Testament at Stellenbosch University. Mark regularly leads study trips for the Biblical Archaeology Society to Turkey, Cyprus, and Greece. He also blogs periodically for Bible History Daily. He is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and reviews including Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor. His particular research interest is the ancient Jewish communities, Roman roads, and Biblical routes in Turkey. Mark has been married to Dindy for thirty-nine years; they have four adult children, four grandsons and four granddaughters.

Dr. Mark R. Fairchild

Dr. Fairchild received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Drew University. He also completed Ph.D. coursework at Union Theological Seminary (NY) and Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Fairchild has twice received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1992, he collaborated with 11 other scholars at Yeshiva University exploring the Greek encounter with Judaism during the Hellenistic Period. In 2002, he joined 20 other scholars at the University of Chicago to investigate societal transformations and the legitimization of power in the early Islamic states.

Fairchild’s recent discovery of two previously unknown ancient synagogues in Turkey (including the world’s oldest known synagogue) was published in the Biblical Archaeology Review in 2012. Research at this ancient synagogue was also published in the Journal of Ancient Judaism in 2014. The Biblical Archaeology Review also published Fairchild’s research on St. Paul’s first mission from Perga to Antioch (2013) and another article on the biblical city of Laodicea (2017). Fairchild’s book on Christian Origins in Ephesus and Asia Minor (originally published in 2015) has been expanded and a second edition is currently available with Hendrickson Publishers (2017).

Dr. Fairchild is currently the Program Director for the Ephesus Meeting, an academic conference at the ancient site of Ephesus in Turkey. He annually travels to Turkey, Greece, Israel, Egypt and Jordan for research and to conduct study tours.

Dr. Phillip J. Long

Long is the author of Jesus the Bridegroom (Pickwick, 2012) and he has contributed several articles and book reviews for theological journals. He currently serves as editor of the Journal of Grace Theology. He has served as an interim pastor in Michigan and California and currently serves as teaching pastor at Rush Creek Bible Church, Byron Center, Michigan. He regularly leads trips to Israel for Grace and has done so since 2005.

He routinely blogs at Reading Acts (https://readingacts.com/), and many of his papers are available at Academia.edu (https://gbcol.academia.edu/PhillipLong)

Married to Lori since 1984, he has two daughters, Amy and Caroline.

Dr. Linford Stutzman

Dr. Stutzman’s curiosity for the world and commitment to sharing the good news of Jesus began as a teen-ager in British Columbia where his parents were missionaries among Native Americans. Service in Israel, long-term mission assignments in Germany and Australia, a BA from EMU, and MAR from EMS, and a PhD in Religion and Culture from The Catholic University of America, provide the experiential and educational foundation for Dr. Stutzman’s passion for taking students into the world to learn from Jesus and his early followers.

Dr. Tim Foster

Tim is married to Alison, and they have three children (Caitlyn, Harry and Lucy). He became a Christian in 1985 while at Sydney University. After completing an Arts degree he served as a Youth Minister in multicultural Earlwood. He studied at Moore Theological College (1990-93), before being ordained and working in monocultural Gymea in Sydney’s south. While at Gymea Tim began his Doctor of Ministry through Fuller Seminary, focussing on mission and church in the post-Christendom context. He also developed the People of God evangelism resource. Tim then headed up the Training Division at Anglican Youthworks where he founded Youthworks College. In 2002 he returned to parish ministry as Vicar of All Souls’ Leichhardt. He has also completed a Master of Management in non-profit management.

Dr. Ben Witherington

Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies. Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Dr. Alan Bandy

EDUCATION: Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2007), M.Div., Mid-America Seminary in Memphis (2002), B.A., Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, (1998)

TEACHING SPECIALIZATIONS: New Testament, The Apocalypse of John

Dr. Jeffrey A. D. Weima

Dr. Jeffrey Weima is Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary, where he has taught for over 25 years. He is a sought-after speaker who is able to communicate well the truths of the Bible in an interesting, contemporary and practical manner. Jeff has published five books (Neglected Endings: The Significance of the Pauline Letter Closings [1994]; An Annotated Bibliography of 1 and 2 Thessalonians [1998]; 1 & 2 Thessalonians [2002]), including a major commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians (Baker Books: 2014). His fifth and latest book is Paul the Ancient Letter Writer: An Introduction to Epistolary Analysis (Baker Books: 2016).Jeff is also the author of numerous scholarly articles, academic essays and book reviews. He is an active member of several academic societies, lectures in countries all over the world, leads biblical study tours to Greece, Turkey, Israel/Jordan, and Italy, conducts intensive preaching seminars for pastors, and preaches widely in churches in both the USA and Canada. Jeff and his wife, Bernice, have been married for 34 years. They have four children and five very cute grandkids.

Dr. Douglas Jacoby

Douglas Jacoby is a Bible teacher who has served as a minister on church staff for 20 years, in London, Birmingham, Sydney, Stockholm, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Washington DC, Douglas. Since 2003 he has worked as a freelance teacher and consultant.

Douglas has engaged in a number of public debates (Islam, atheism, theology, Judaism). He also serves an adjunct professor of theology at Lincoln Christian University and professor of theology in the Rocky Mountain School of Theology and Ministry. With degrees from Drew, Harvard, and Duke, Douglas has written 35 books, recorded nearly 900 podcasts, and spoken in over 100 universities, and in over 500 cities, in 126 nations around the world. Douglas has led 25 tours to the biblical world. The Jacobys have three adult children. Douglas and his wife, Vicki, reside in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dr. Sharon L. Putt
Dr. David deSilva

Dr. David A. deSilva, PhD is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He is the author of over twenty-five books, including Day of Atonement: A Novel of the Maccabean Revolt (Kregel, 2015), The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude: What Earliest Christianity Learned from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (Oxford, 2012), Seeing Things John’s Way: The Rhetoric of Revelation(Westminster John Knox, 2009), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (InterVaristy, 2004), Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2002), Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture (InterVarsity, 2000), and Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-rhetorical Commentary on the Letter “to the Hebrews” (Eerdmans, 2000). He was involved in several major Bible translation projects, serving as the Apocrypha Editor for the Common English Bible and working on the revision of the Apocrypha for the English Standard Version. He has also created several video resources and Mobile Ed courses for Faithlife, including “The Apocrypha: Witness Between the Testaments” (BI 291), “The Cultural World of the New Testament” (NT 201), and “Interpreting the Epistle to the Hebrews” (NT TBA).

Dr. Jim Hoffmeier
Dr. Dana M. Harris

Associate Professor; Editor, Trinity Journal at Trinity International University

Dr. Harris has been Associate Professor of New Testament since 2013; prior to that she was Assistant Professor from 2010-2013, and adjunct faculty from 2001-2010. Her current research interests include the Epistle to the Hebrews; the Book of Revelation; Greek grammar and syntax; linguistics; hermeneutics; biblical theology; Second Temple Literature (particularly apocalyptic literature); archaeology; and historical backgrounds of the New Testament. She is writing the volume on Hebrews in the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testaments series (Broadman & Holman, 2017) and is currently working on several projects related to the Book of Revelation. She was also a contributor to the NIV Study Bible (Zondervan, 2015). She has been the editor and book review editor of the Trinity Journal since 2010.

She has taught extensively at retreats, conferences, and adult Sunday school classes, and also teaches Bible and theology classes in various overseas contexts. Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Harris was the managing editor of the Hoover Digest, a quarterly academic journal covering public policy, economics, and foreign affairs, published by the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. She coordinated a program, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, that brought young diplomats from former Soviet-satellite countries to Stanford for four-month study programs (1990-1995). As an undergraduate, she double-majored in International Relations and French Studies. Prior to coming to Trinity, she was also extensively involved in ministry.

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– 59–45 days prior to departure: 25%
– 44–30 days prior to departure: 50%
– 29–15 days prior to departure: 75%
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