In 2019, I took my first trip to the Holy Land. The trip was so much more than a trip. It was an encounter with God. That’s what I’m praying for you. An encounter. A life-shifting, heart-bursting, soul-drenching encounter.
What changed it for me was when I sought this more than knowledge. When my only desire was to awaken, to have eyes to see, ears to hear. It happened when being with God overshadowed seeing the sites.
Christians have a long history of sacred pilgrimage. We’ve set it aside because it feels scary and overwhelming. My goal is to encourage Christians to reclaim this powerful practice, and help them feel confident in their decision, by providing a clear, effective plan to prepare.
MORE ABOUT LISA
I was born in Tampa, Florida, one of a long line of native Floridians and teachers. I met my beloved Ed on a trip to NYC and we were married ten months later. We’re blessed with two grown daughters, two sons-in-love, two dogs, and a brilliant grandchild.
I first found God through music and thought I would be a high school choral director. God had other plans. I received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida and served as a church music director for six years. Around year 4 of the 6, I heard God calling me to become a pastor. The family refers to this event at the LCD- the life-changing decision. A few months later, Ed and I and our two small daughters left Florida for North Carolina.
In 2000, I received a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and was ordained a United Methodist pastor in 2003. I currently serve as the senior pastor of Coronado Community United Methodist Church in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
When home from traveling, I enjoy photography, theatre, cooking, and writing. I’m indebted to the many wonderful mentors and teachers in my life, including my mother who first gave me a love for words and adventure.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE
Christian guides and journals to help you prepare spiritually and practically for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In time, there will be an online course or two to help you prepare.
Every few years, I lead a pilgrimage myself. When I do, I work with Educational Opportunities Tours for all my trip planning and coordination. I’m not a travel agent.
- Spiritual Direction 89% 89%
- Strategic Planning 95% 95%
- Building Confidence 85% 85%