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3rd Global Smyrna Meeting on the Seven Cities of Revelation

Jun 07, 2025 - Jun 13, 2025 and Nicaea 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.

Dr. Sharon Lynn Putt
Dr. Mark Wayne WilsonAsia Minor Research Center
Dr. Mark Robin FairchildHuntington University
Dr. Linford StutzmanEastern Mennonite University
Dr. Jeffrey A D WeimaCalvin Theological Seminary
Dr. Douglas JacobyProfessor of Theology, Rocky Mountain School of Ministry & Theology
Dr. David McCabeBethel University
Dr. Ben Witherington IIIAsbury Theological Seminary
Dr. B. Keith Putt
Dr. Alan BandyNew Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, LA
Itinerary Details Speakers & Guides Policies Contact Useful Information

Jun 7 Sat 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 Hotel in Izmir.
17:30-18:30 Worship Service
18:30-18:35 Opening Ceremony: Levent Oral, President of Tutku Educational Travel
18:35-18:40 Erin Dailey, Director of Operations, Tutku Educational Travel
18:40-18:45 Welcome: Mark Wilson, Program Director
18:45-18:50 Welcome from a local pastor
18:50-19:00 Introduction of the groups, churches, and countries
19:00-20:00 Dinner at hotel
20:15-21:00 Lecture: Polycarp of Smyrna: The Bridge between the  Apostles and the Apostolic Fathers

Jun 8 Sun Half Day Presentations & Afternoon Smyrna Agora visit
07:00-08:15 Breakfast
08:30-08:45 Worship
08:45-09:30 Patmos among the Seven Churches
09:35-10:20 Ephesus among the Seven Churches
10:25-10:50 Coffee break
10:50-11:35 Smyrna among the Seven Churches
11:40-12:25 Pergamum among the Seven Churches
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:45 Drive to Izmir for Smyrna visit
14:45-16:15 Smyrna Agora visit; Mark Wilson will point out the Christian graffiti
16:30-17:45 Return to hotel
19:00-20:00 Dinner at hotel
20:15-21:00 Lecture: Jezebel and the Other Women in Revelation

Jun 9 Mon Ephesus Tour
07:00-08:00 Breakfast
08:00-08:30 Departure from hotel and drive to Ephesus
08:30-11:30 Ephesus
11:45-12:45 St. John’s Basilica or Ephesus Museum
13:00-14:30 Lunch & shopping opportunity at the Handmade
 Carpet Center
14:45-16:00 Ephesus Museum or St. John’s Basilica
16:00-16:30 Return to hotel
19:00-20:00 Dinner at hotel
20:15-21:00     Lecture: Possible Egyptian Influences on Asia Minor and the Book of Revelation

Jun 10 Tue All Day Presentations
07:00-08:15 Breakfast
08:30-08:45 Worship
08:45-09:30 Thyatira among the Seven Churches
09:45-10:20 Sardis among the Seven Churches
10:25-10:50     Coffee/Tea Break
10:40-11:25 Philadelphia among the Seven Churches
11:40-12:25 Laodicea among the Seven Churches
12:30-13:30 Lunch at hotel
14:00-16:30 Optional tour
16:30-19:00 Free time
19:00-20:00 Dinner at hotel

Jun 11 Wed 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 Akhisar
14:45-15:45 Thyatira tour
16:00-17:30 Main Tour participants return to hotel dinner.
19:00-20:00 Dinner at hotel
20:15-21:00 Closing ceremony: Mark Wilson and Levent Oral,
 sharing of memories by participants

Jun 12 Thu Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea– Izmir or Pamukkale
07:00-07:30 Breakfast
07:45 Departure from hotel
09:00-10:15 Sardis tour
10:15-11:00     Drive to Alaşehir
11:00-11:30 Philadelphia tour: Church of St. John
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Laodicea tour
18:30 Arrive Izmir Airport. NICAEA participants: Fly Istanbul.
19:30 Return to hotel in Izmir for dinner.

Jun 13 Fri Departures for return home
07:00-09:30 Breakfast - Transfer to Izmir airport for departure
*Please give us your departure flight information

Including

• 6 nights at First Class hotel in Ozdere-Izmir
• 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 otheritem not mentioned above
• TURKISH VISA: Participants are responsible for checking theirown countries’ visa regulations to Turkey at www.evisa.gov.tr
• Optional Pre-Tour and Optional PostTour
• PCR test necessary for return flight

Hotels
  • June 07, 2025 - June 13, 2025 Kordon Otel Çankaya, İzmir, Turkey

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

• 6 nights at First Class hotel in Ozdere-Izmir
• 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 otheritem not mentioned above
• TURKISH VISA: Participants are responsible for checking theirown countries’ visa regulations to Turkey at www.evisa.gov.tr
• Optional Pre-Tour and Optional PostTour
• PCR test necessary for return flight

Hotels
  • June 07, 2025 - June 13, 2025 Kordon Otel Çankaya, İzmir, Turkey

Speakers
Dr. Sharon Lynn Putt

Sharon L. Baker Putt is Professor of Theology and Religion at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA. She earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University and is the author of Razing Hell, Executing God, and A Non-Violent Theology of Love: Peacefully Confessing the Apostles’ Creed. She has traveled with extensively throughout Europe and the Middle-east, and has significant experience traveling abroad with students on cross-cultural trips. Her disciplines are world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christian theology, specifically in the areas of divine non-violence, atonement, and interfaith theologies.

Dr. Mark Wayne Wilson
Asia Minor Research Center

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 Robin Fairchild
Huntington University

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. Linford Stutzman
Eastern Mennonite University

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. Jeffrey A D Weima
Professor of New Testament
Calvin Theological Seminary

Dr. Jeffrey Weima is Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary, where he has taught for 31 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 six books thus far: Neglected Endings: The Significance of the Pauline Letter Closings (Sheffield 1994); An Annotated Bibliography of 1 and 2 Thessalonians (Brill 1998); two commentaries on 1 & 2 Thessalonians--one brief (Zondervan 2002) and the other extensive (710 pages; Baker 2014); and Paul the Ancient Letter Writer: An Introduction to Epistolary Analysis (Baker 2016). His sixth book, The Sermons to the Seven Churches of Revelation: A Commentary & Guide (Baker 2021) won the "NT Commentary of the Year" award. 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/speaks widely in churches in both the USA and Canada. Jeff and his wife, Bernice, have been married for 39 years. They have four children and nine very cute grandkids.

Dr. Douglas Jacoby
Professor of Theology, Rocky Mountain School of Ministry & Theology

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. David McCabe
Professor of New Testament and Greek
Bethel University

David McCabe is Professor of New Testament and Greek at Bethel University, IN. He received a M.A. in Biblical Studies and a M.A. in Theological Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from New College, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. McCabe has taught graduate and undergraduate studies for sixteen years focusing on biblical interpretation, literature, and biblical languages. He has led student and adult study trips to Israel, Greece, and Turkey. His research interests span across a wide range of topics such as biblical literature, material cultures, historical theology, and philosophy of language. Dr. McCabe delights in sharing the experience of reading the Bible in "high-definition" while situated in the lands that gave rise to these sacred texts.

Dr. Ben Witherington III
Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies Ph.D., University of Durham, England
Asbury Theological Seminary

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. B. Keith Putt

Keith Putt has focused his teaching and research on Continental philosophies of language and interpretation theory, particularly those related to phenomenological hermeneutics and deconstruction. His work delves into how these traditions impact post-metaphysical philosophies of religion and non-classical theistic philosophical theologies. Rooted in these contrarian conventions, his pedagogical intent aims to emulate Socratic irony, emphasizing the wisdom of humility and the role of the philosopher as an intellectual "salmon" – a cautious educator determined to swim against the stream of the status quo. The "salmon" scholar believes that the best antidote against authoritarianism, superstition, and ignorance is skepticism through questioning, critique, and incredulity. As a result, his primary goal in his classes is to disseminate philosophical content, while the ultimate goal is to encourage his students to think for themselves – liberally, critically, and humbly.

Dr. Alan Bandy
New Testament
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, LA

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

Guides
Cenk Eronat

He was born in Ankara in 1966. After primary school he moved to Izmir with his family where he finished High School and University. He graduated from the Tourism and Management Department. After much experience with well-known tourism companies and five star hotels, he received his tour guide license from the government and began guiding tour groups in 1989.

Since 1999, he has been working with TUTKU Educational Travel as vice president and tour guide.

He prepares customized tour programs and he personally guides some TUTKU groups. He also enjoys taking the pictures for TUTKU brochures & websites.

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 Cancellation Penalty:
– 120–90 days prior to departure: No Penalty
– 89–60 days prior to departure: 10%
– 59–45 days prior to departure: 25%
– 44–30 days prior to departure: 50%
– 29–15 days prior to departure: 75%
– 14 days & After No refund

 

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