Kristi McLelland is a professor at Williamson College and the best-selling author of Rediscovering Israel, Jesus & Women, and The Gospel on the Ground. Kristi teaches the Bible in its historical, cultural, geographic, and linguistic contexts.

After studying in Egypt and Israel in 2007, Kristi began leading biblical studies trips to Israel in 2008. Kristi’s study trips to Israel, Italy, Turkey, and Greece, as well as her in-person and online courses and resources—including her popular Pearls podcast, position Westerners to discover the Bible within the framework in which it was written.

God is better than you ever knew; there is more to Scripture than what you’re reading!



Whether Kristi is speaking at an event, teaching a church congregation, lecturing her students at the college, or shepherding a team in Israel, Italy, Turkey, or Greece, her approach to Scripture is relatable and dynamic!


Understanding the Bible in its Middle Eastern cultural context offers a more in-depth look into what the biblical characters meant by what they did, said, and wrote. Discover this “New Lens” by joining a Local Class and studying with Kristi in-person!


Study with Kristi anytime, anywhere through her Online Courses—a learning pathway that includes Israel, Italy, Sabbath, The Running Father, and more!

Watch Kristi’s Online Courses Intro here!


Behold the land of the Bible. Walk where Jesus walked.
Study Scripture in its cultural context.

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