Who is the ME inviting you to come?

Series of Old Arches in the Holyland
Series of Old Arches in the Holyland

I am Betty Jane Bailey, a retired United Church of Christ minister with a passion for the Christian Holy Land. I have taken numerous trips to Israel and the West Bank beginning in 1969 and my husband and I lived in Jerusalem and Bethlehem for 3 ½ years. I attended three different seminaries for three degrees when I was younger. I went through training at Tantur Ecumenical Institute, on the road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, including field trips with an archeologist and well-known biblical scholars.

I wrote or co-authored several books about international subjects: Eyes to See, Ears to Hear (about the peoples and churches of the USSR); From the Beginning (about the Middle East); Living Srtones Pilgrimage (a guide for British Christians); Who Are the Christians in the Middle East? (two editions)

I kept copies of my frequent letters home while studying and residing in the Christian Holy Land and I have used them to make this website very personal. I include stories of my own experiences as well. I have written several books on international topics and I look at the world and travel in very practical terms. 

I give thanks for the three old travel guides (1974, 1982, and 1996) in my personal library for they remind me that names and claims keep changing even between my own trips and now. They also provided some historical background.

I was helped by Bill Kelly of William Kelly Design, who designed the website and put it together. Douglas Dicks, a former colleague, who has returend to living in Jerusalem as a representative of the Presbyterians, has controbuted most of the pictures in the website. My husband, J. Martin Bailey, edited and critiqued the website and rescued me when the technology got too complicated.  To them I also give thanks.

I hope you come to love the land where Jesus spent his earthly life as much as I do.


Editor of website: Rev. Dr. Betty Jane Bailey.

Things constantly change, even in ancient countries. You are invited to Email Betty Jane Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with corrections you find as you travel with her in the Christian Holy Land.

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