GOSPEL ON THE GROUND
Join Kristi for the NEW "Italy Series: The Gospel on the Ground". We will focus on the biblical and historical story of the Early Church. Jesus never traveled outside a 100-mile radius of where he was born, yet his name is spoken in every corner of the earth. This is the story of how it happened, and is still happening. We will study the New Testament beginning in Acts matched with The Didache -- the ancient manual of the Early Church.
Kristi McLelland is a speaker, teacher and professor at Williamson College in Franklin, TN. Since completing her Masters in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary, she has dedicated her life to teaching people how to study the Bible through a Middle Eastern Lens.
Throughout her years as professor, pastor, Director of Christian Education and Women’s Ministry at local churches, Kristi has taught hundreds of students and shepherded thousands of parishioners. Her teaching focuses on the need for believers to posture themselves to receive what God is saying, and to experience Scripture and His goodness communally—through table fellowship, hospitality, and collaborative wisdom.
During Kristi’s first trip to Israel, she discovered God is better than she ever knew. Her great desire for people to truly experience the love of God birthed her passion for leading biblical study trips to Israel, Turkey, & Greece—which she has done since 2008. Kristi has studied and trained under Dr. Jim Martin, Rabbi Ken Alpren, and world-renowned Israeli archeologist Dr. Gabi Barkay.
Kristi’s trips to Israel, Turkey, & Greece, along with her Middle Eastern Lens classes, help Westerners study and appreciate the Bible as a text that was written by Middle Easterners in the Middle Eastern context, culture, language, custom, and history. This lens offers a deeper look into what the biblical characters meant in what they did, said, and wrote, providing a better understanding of the framework in which the Bible was written, and the Living God who is constantly pursuing us with His love, grace, compassion, and truth.