About the Center for Holy Lands Studies

WHO WE ARE

VISION - All believers will understand the Bible and grow in their faith and love for God.

MISSION - To equip believers to understand and apply the Bible through its culture, history, land, and spirit.

STRATEGY - You will discover a deeper understanding of what was said in the Bible and what the authors meant, through our resources, Bible-focused study tours, and partnerships with academic universities and institutions.

Our study tours are hosted by a highly qualified tour guide, and a Bible teacher or ministry leader. Together, they bring the Bible to life right before your eyes as you visit authentic historical sites and explore them through the four-part CHLS approach:

 

Culture

Discover, in original context, how the culture and language of the biblical story are interwoven in ancient society and daily life.

History

Find out what was said and done, and what was meant by it, in the biblical and historical context.

Land

See geographic landscapes come to life, allowing the land to have its own narrative in Scripture and the biblical story, and is as much a character itself as any person in the text.

Spirit

Explore the common beliefs of the biblical time period, and how the spiritual climate impacts our understanding of the story.

OUR STAFF

Amy Flattery

Director

Amy grew up in Lynden, Washington. She attended Calvin College receiving a BA in Biblical Studies and Theology. After finishing college in 1997, she moved to Jerusalem, Israel, to attend Jerusalem University College. While there she pursued her MA at Jerusalem University College. Her area of study was in New Testament Backgrounds/Jewish History of the Second Temple Period. Amy lived in Israel for a total of five years. After living in Israel, she moved to Belgium where she taught classes at Continental Theological Seminary. Amy works full time for the Center for Holy Lands Studies as the Director. She is married to Dr. Mark Flattery, President of Network211, and is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God.

Trina Russell

Programs and Project Manager

Trina was born in Fridley, Minnesota, but lived in Arizona and California during her early years. She is an alumnus of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA and brings over 12 years of event planning and management experience to our team. Traveling and experiencing other countries and cultures is a deep passion of Trina's. Prior to joining our team, she was privileged to be in the Holy Lands twice, which sparked a love for the land and a passion for providing people with the opportunity to experience the places of the Bible for themselves.

Jeremy Stein

Educational Content Development and Teaching Strategist

Jeremy Stein was born in Dansville, New York, in 1991 and raised on Long Island, New York. In 2013, he completed his BA in Biblical Theology as well as in Pastoral Ministries at Northpoint Bible College (formerly known as Zion Bible College). In 2016, Jeremy married his wife, Miriam. Currently, he is a graduate student under Dr. R. Steven Notley at Nyack College in New York, NY and studying in their Ancient Judaism and the Origins of Christianity program. Jeremy is the former Associate Pastor of Neighborhood Assembly of God in Bellmore, New York. He has been a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God since 2011 and has been actively traveling to the Holy Lands for the past 5 years. Jeremy and his wife, Miriam, currently live in Springfield, MO.

Travis Skavhaug

Tour Coordinator & Web Communications Specialist

Travis was born and raised in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He completed a BA in Intercultural and Biblical Studies with a Minor in Business Management from Trinity Bible College. In 2012, Travis (MA in Christian Ministries) and his wife, Jennifer (MA in Counseling), graduated together from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO. Travis brings to the team four years of fulltime pastoral experience and a passion for leading people into a clearer understanding of the Bible. Travis and Jennifer live in Springfield, Missouri with their daughter and two Siberian Huskies.

Linda Smith

Administrative Coordinator

Linda was born into a Pastor’s home in Springfield MO. She grew up in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Linda met and married her husband Jamie in Lubbock TX. Linda and Jamie have two grown children and 20 years of experience in Pastoral ministry. They have pastored in Missouri, Iowa and Kansas. Linda loves spending time with family, shopping, and being with people. Linda was taught from a young age the great importance Israel and the Holy Lands have to the world and the Church. She has a deep love for the local church and a passion to see people learn the Word of God and watch it come alive as they apply it to their daily lives.

OUR TEACHERS

Contact Us

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1445 N. Boonville Ave. Springfield, MO 65802-1894 • 417-862-2781